Carron is the highest village in the Burren mountains and is most famous, nationally, for being the birthplace of Michael Cusack, the founder of the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) in 1884. The cottage where he was born and the newly opened Michael Cusack Centre are 2km from Carron village, just a 2 minute drive from Clare’s Rock.
Poulnabrone Dolmen is a megalithic burial tomb, the remains of 33 people were discovered there. It is believed that it was constructed in 3800BC. Poulnabrone is about 6 kms from the village of Carron. 5 minute drive from Clare’s Rock.
The Burren Stone Forts
The Burren’s stone forts are circular walled forts that were first build around 400AD. The most well known of these are Cathair Chomain and Caherconnell Stone Forts. The latter is situated 1 km south of Poulnabrone.
Caherconnell was thought to have been home to a large farmer and his family.
Cathair Chomain can be seen from the hostel and is within walking distance.
Both are about a 5 minute drive from Clare’s Rock.
The Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher are 215 m in height and stretch for almost 8 km. From O’ Brien’s tower you can view the coastline of Clare and the Aran Islands. 25 minute drive from Clare’s Rock.
The Burren Perfumery
The Burren Perfumery is within view of the hostel and within short walking distance.
Aillwee Cave is Irelands premier showcave, located 5 km south of Ballyvaughan village. You can take a tour of the cave with expert guides who will describe to you the wonderful formations. Aillwee Cave was once home of the now extinct brown bear. 15 minute drive from Clare’s Rock.
Cassidy’s pub & restaurant
Cassidy’s pub & restaurant in Carron village is the ideal place to refresh and unwind after a day touring in the Burren.
In their restaurant which overlooks Carron’s world famous Turlough they boast a very descriptive menu. Friday nights during the summer months they host a fish night with fresh fish caught in the waters off Ballyvaughan and Galway Bay. Saturday night is Italian night.
Traditional music Friday night all year round with “The travelling bard sessions” starting on the third weekend of each month April to September.