The Burren : Michelin's recommendations
The Burren's often bewitching appeal is due to its rugged landscapes and wealth of historic remnants. A single visit can combine magnificent natural sites as varied as Aillwee Cave, a 1km-long underground gallery and waterfall and the Cliffs of Moher, 8km of sandstone rising sheer out of the ocean at 180m high. The coast road south of Black Head (R477) provides a fine view of huge boulders and the Aran Islands. However, culture and history are never far from hand, as at the ruins of the Cistercian abbey, Corcomroe, founded around 1180, or Kilfenora Cathedral, where the famous Doorty Cross can be seen. Neither should Poulnabrone Portal Tomb, the most famous of the many megalithic tombs in The Burren, be missed. It is located on a magnificent rocky site on the road between Aillwee and Leamaneh Castle (R480). All those interested in finding out more about the region should visit The Burren Centre, at Kilfenora, which has some unique displays of the region's natural and human history.