Visitors are all welcome to the Burren National Park. It is a place of tranquillity and quiet. There are various marked trails in the Park that take you through many different fascinating and beautiful habitats, such as species rich limestone grasslands, hazel/ ash woodlands and limestone pavements.
The Burren National Park is open all year round and is free to access. There is no charge to park in the lay-by at the start of the trails.
The Information Point is open seasonally from April to September. For more information please go to our Information Point page.
The Burren National Park is situated on the south-eastern side of the Burren, in north Co. Clare. To access the park, from Corofin, take the R476 to Kilnaboy. In Kilnaboy take the right turn (L1112) before the ruined church. Approximately 5 kilometres along this road you will reach a crossroads. There is a lay-by just before this crossroads on the right. Then on foot, turn right, along the ‘crag road’; Burren National Park lands are on your left. Please park in the lay-by not on the crag road to avoid damage to the vegetation. This is a public road so be careful of traffic.
To get to Eagle's Rock/Slievecarran/Keelhilla Nature Reserve from Corofin take the R476 towards Kilinaboy. Drive through Kilinaboy and as far as Leamaneh Castle. Turn right here onto the R480. Then take another right onto L1014 (signposted Carran). Drive 5.3km to Carran and turn right when you see the church on the left. Slievecarran is 8.7km from here. Take the first left and keep driving until you see a parking area on the left. This is Slievecarran.
Alternatively you can take the R460 outside the Information Point. After 1.3km turn left to stay on R460, signed “Gort”. Drive for 12.1km. After passing Lough Bunny on the left turn left at crossroads onto L1010, signed “Ballyvaughan”. From the crossroads drive straight for 9.7km. Turn left at a crossroads, signed “Tea Rooms” and “Burren Perfumery”. Drive for 2.5km. When the road forks turn right and drive for 600m down this road. You will see a parking area on the right. This is Slievecarran. Park here for Brown and Yellow Trails.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service is delighted to announce the recommencement of the Free Bus Service to the Burren National Park for the 2014 season. From Saturday 3rd May until Friday 29th August the bus service will operate from the Information Point in Corofin through the National Park. The bus will run from 10.15 to 18.00 seven days a week and will provide access to various sections of the National Park.
This service gives visitors the opportunity to explore the 5 scenic way-marked walking trails found within the park. Operating on a regular loop, there will be stops within the park enabling passengers to get off and on again. This allows time to explore the various trails through the unique Burren landscape before re-joining the bus at a later time or a different place.
You can help protect this beautiful and unusual habitat. The Park is managed primarily for conservation and is a fragile landscape. Visitors are welcome, so PLEASE look and admire but adhere to the following requests:
Do not chase or scare any wild animals, this includes the insect life, some may bite but most are harmless
For more information on Leave No Trace Click Here
The terrain is very rocky with deep fissures and cracks, there are also loose rocks and steep cliff areas. Please keep well away from any cliffs and steep rocky areas, as they may be dangerous. The limestone can get very slippery when wet so extreme caution must be taken. Strong walking boots and a map and compass are essential. The weather is also very changeable so waterproof clothing should also be carried.
To enjoy your visit to the park to the full it is important to be aware of the following health and safety recommendations:
Carry enough water and food for your walk.
Lyme disease, or 'Borreliosis', is a bacterial infection passed to humans through a tick bite. For more information on the diesease and how to avoid and treat tick bites click on the following link: Ticks and Lymes Disease.