Visitors are all welcome to the Burren National Park. It is a place of tranquillity and quiet. There are five marked walking 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 15 km2 (1500 hectares) in size and is located in the south-eastern corner of the Burren upland region which extends over 360 km2. It was established in 1991 and is Ireland’s fifth and smallest National Park. The Park lands are owned by the State and managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
The National Park is divided into eight areas. The main body of the Park lies within the townlands of Glenquin, Gortlecka, Knockaunroe, Cooloorta and Creehaun to the north-east of the villages of Corofin and Killinaboy.
The Burren National Park is open all year round and is free to access.
The Burren National Park Information Point in Corofin is open seasonally from April to September. Admission is free. For more information please go to our Information Point page.
Burren National Park
(GPS: 52.996558, -9.037868)
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 Killinaboy. In Killinaboy take the first right turn (L1112) before the ruins of the sixteenth century church. Approximately 5 km along this road you will reach a crossroads. There is a lay-by just before this crossroads (Gortlecka Crossroads) on the right - please park here. This is a public road so be careful of traffic.
The trailhead for the Burren National Park is located at this point. An information panel shows the five way-marked walking trails and briefly describes the different habitats within the park.
You can use Google Maps to find this area, Gortlecka Crossroads -
Please Note: Parking is limited to lay-bys and roadside. As there is no designated car park there are no signs to direct visitors to the National Park.
At this time we would strongly suggest that you avail of the Free Bus Service operating from the Information Point in Corofin. The bus runs seven times a day until 27th August 2016 (http://www.burrennationalpark.ie/images/WalksandBusStop2.jpg).
Groups travelling by coach are strongly advised to contact us before departure. All roads leading to the National Park are narrow and unsuitable for 50-seater coaches.
Burren National Park Information Point (Corofin)
(GPS: 52.944954, -9.062918)
For directions to the Burren National Park Information Point in Corofin please go to our Information Point page.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service provides a free shuttle-bus service from May to August that operates daily from the Information Point in Corofin through the National Park. The bus runs seven times a day and services the five way-marked walking trails in the Burren National Park.
For more information about the bus route and timetable please click on the following links:
Please note the Burren National Park Bus Service finishes for the season on Saturday 27th August 2016.
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 stay on the way-marked walking trails and 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 are essential and a map and compass are recommended. The weather is 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 disease and how to avoid and treat tick bites click on the following link: Ticks and Lymes Disease.