Ballyvaughan is one of the most northerly villages in County Clare. Located very close to the Clare - Galway border, this seaside village is ideal for a break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You can access Ballyvaughan by bus, car or taxi from Ennis or Galway city.
The area has plenty of things to do for the whole family, whether you are looking for sites to see, activities, walks or cultural experiences. The scenic walks and landscapes of the Burren are just a stones’ throw away from Ballyvaughan and as a result, the area has some fabulous walks, including the Ballyvaughan Wood Loop, which takes you on part of the Burren Way (a long-distance walk), and past Aillwee Cave and Aillwee Mountains before bringing you back to Ballyvaughan village.
Ailwee Cave itself can entertain the family for most of the day. It is full of wonderful caverns, bridged chasms, frozen waterfalls and strange formations. It also includes a spectacular Birds of Prey Centre with daily shows. This is a fantastic family day out and should not be missed when in North Clare.
Boating enthusiasts can take advantage of Ballyvaughan Bay in the south-eastern part of Galway Bay. Features of the bay include, the Rinn (a rocky barrier to the west), small islands like Gall Island and Black Island, and of course the wild Atlantic Ocean. The bay is ideal for water sports of all kinds, with equipment such as kayaks, canoes, motorboats etc. available for rent in the village.
You can also experience some of North Clare’s rich historical heritage at the Cahermore Ring Fort and Ballyallaban Ring Fort. Alternatively, get on your bike, appreciate the refreshing sea air and beautiful scenery without a care in the world! With views over Galway Bay and the Burren this is a great way to appreciate the region.
Of course there are plenty of places to eat , drink and relax after your day out and the village provides many excellent places to stay.