Walking is truly the best way to experience the beauty of Clare and the Shannon Region, which boast some of the best walks in Ireland. A network of quiet country roads and lanes, forest paths and mountain trails will take you to the heart of the beautiful, rural countryside of Ireland. For serious walkers, there are many well organised walks in the loveliest areas, which are clearly signposted at all junctions with standard way-markers. Eleven of Irelands national, long-distance walking trails traverse the Region's most interesting scenery.
The Burren is a limestone area has many unusual features that make it unique in Europe. Its geology, flora, caves, archaeology and history set it apart as a place of great mystery and beauty. In a 100 square mile area, there are sparkling rivers, brooding castles, tranquil lakes, towering cliffs, lush green valleys, barren rock mountains, green road walks - and everywhere relics of Irelands ancient civilisation - dolmens, stone arches, round towers, ancient churches, high crosses, crannogs, tombs, great houses, monasteries and holy wells. Though it has a wonderful sense of remoteness, it teems with life and is probably most famous for its plant life which defies all of nature's conventional rules. The best way to get to know the Burren is to walk the Burren Way or part of its 26 mile (42 kilometre) signposted walk between Liscannor and Ballyvaughan.
Poulnabrone Dolmen: This dramatic site, on the karstic limestone pavement of the Burren, is one of the most famous Irish dolmens. The name Poulnabrone literally means 'The hole of the sorrows'. The thin capstone sits on two 1.8m (6ft) high portal stones to create a chamber in a 9m (30ft) low cairn. The eastern portal stone was replaced in 1985, following a discovery that it was unfortunately cracked; excavations during the repair showed that this site dated back to about 2500 BC.
The Hylands Burren Hotel is the perfect base for a walking holiday on the west coast Ireland. Whether it is serious hillwalking or a peaceful stroll through glorious Irish country side, the Burren, with its huge variety of walks, has the walk for you.
Ben's Surf Clinic
is Lahinch's premier surf school, providing surf lessons for all levels of surfers. Watersports and water activites , particularly surfing has exploded in Ireland in the last few years. Lahinch, county Clare, close to the Cliffs of Moher, was one of the first areas to form a surf club and is the ideal area to learn to surf.
Bens Rock Climbing Clinic. If you have never climbed before or usually climb on an indoor climbing wall, come and experience climbing in the beautiful Burren, Co. Clare. Bens Rockclimbing Clinic offers courses and one off sessions for all levels, you can climb, abseil and push your boundaries higher than you ever thought you could.