The Burren has a rocky and hilly landscape that is quite unique and dramatic. It is not populated with a large amount of people, nor are there hordes of tourists, even during the sunny summer days. The Burren covers a vast variety of land and the best way to explore The Burren is by car or by bike. There are buses that run (somewhat infrequently) around the area, but your options can be limited in terms of exploring unless you have plenty of time to travel on foot. Hitchhiking on the main roads is possible, but not really advisable.
There is much to see and do in the area, so plan to stay at your hostel in The Burren for several days. Popular coastal attractions include the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands. Inland, you will find Ballinalacken Castle and Aillewee Caves; it’s expensive to get into Aillewee Caves, however, and to be honest, there are other caves in Ireland that are less touristy and just as exciting for much cheaper. Gleninsheen wedgetomb is inland as well, and a rather cool sight. If you have a car (or bike), go for a ride up Corkscrew Hill, which is named quite aptly named, and be sure to bring a camera -- the view is quite spectacular.
The villages are spread out in The Burren, but each has something unique and special to offer. There aren’t many ATMs or post offices or grocery shops in The Burren, but you can be sure to find a pub in almost every village! There are some wonderful places to go for walks in The Burren. Stop by any tourist office and ask for a map of the area. There are beaches and hills and forests. Be sure to get the most out of your visit!
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