Fanore - situated mid-way on the Wild Atlantic Way coastal route, between the towns of Ballyvaughan and Doolin is an ideal location for holidaying in Co. Clare. Fanore takes its name from The Gaelic "Fainne Oir" meaning "Ring of Gold". This refers to its long sandy Blue Flag Beach and extensive sand dunes with the Burren limestone hills as a backdrop.
Hillwalkers and hikers are spoilt for choice with several tranquil walking trails on Fanore's Green Roads. From Fanore Beach there are way-marked signposted routes for the Black Head & Caher Valley Looped walks, Fanore to Ballyvaughan trail & the Burren Way.
The word "Burren" comes from the Gaelic word "Boíreann" meaning a rocky place - a place of stone. With its limestone pavements, huge boulders and curious rock formations it can feel like we have been transported to the moon. For the budding Geologist or anyone with an interest in rocks and the study of what the earth is made of, fossils of snails, starfish, coral shells and brachiopods can all be found in the Burren stone - Limestone - bringing everything you learned in geography class to life!
Fanore has become a popular spot for rock climbing in Ireland. The Ballyryan climbing area is located on the Lisdoonvarna to Ballyvaughan road on the R477 - only a 12-minute drive from Into The Burren.
Despite the Burren's harsh, rocky appearance, it is also known as the "Fertile Rock" owing to the rich variety of flora species that inhabit the area. For botanists or anyone with an interest in plant life, the Burren is never out of bloom with over 1000 species of plants from the Arctic to the Mediterranean growing side by side.
Interested in Past Cultures or Archaeology? A climb to Fanore's very own stone fort Caherdooneerish is a must. This ringfort built around the 10th century commands astonishing elevated views of the Aran Islands, Fanore Beach and Galway Bay. There are numerous other archaeological sites - wedge tombs, ring forts and ancient cooking sites nearby.
Our local pub O’Donohues is only a five-minute drive from Into The Burren. It is famed for its fresh and tasty fish and chips and a creamy pint of Guinness.
Fanore is a haven for Anglers fishing off the rocks along the coast road at Black Head on the R477. Siopa Fan Oír opposite O'Donohues is our local grocery and fishing tackle shop. For the sea angler, it stocks everything you need from rods, reels, lures and bait.
Fanore Beach is popular for swimming, surfing and other water-based activities. Into The Burren is only a 3 minute drive away!
Fishing enthusiasts will find numerous spots to discover along the spectacular coastline of The Wild Atlantic Way nearby. Beach and rock fishing for a wide variety of species are available. Siopa Fan Oir, our local grocery shop, has everything you need for your angling and fishing trips.
Shore angling is popular on Fanore Beach, with
beach fishing for bass and night fishing for ray. Siopa Fan Oír, the local
village shop, sells bait and has everything for your angling and fishing trips
and is a good source of local knowledge of the best spots to fish!