The Burren and West Clare

Galway to Kilkee

The first part of this stage of the Wild Atlantic Way has the effect of making you wonder if you have been beamed on to another planet. The reason being the landscape – this fascinating karst landscape. The rolling hills of the Burren are composed of limestone pavements. The translation of the Irish name „An Bhoireann“ means great rock and this hits the nail on the head in this unusual region.

The world renowned Cliffs of Moher are over eight km long and tower imposingly over the mighty ocean at the highest point with 214 metres. They are especially dramatic when seen from the water.

Not far from the impressive cliffs you will find Kilkee in the heart of West Clare. The Loop Head Drive takes you within metres of the cliffs along the rocky coast of Clare. The rock formations are up to 80 metres high and brace themselves against the turbulent Atlantic time after time. There are no souvenir shops to be found here not like at the other famous cliffs we mentioned a moment ago!