Directions to Lisdoonvarna
Lisdoonvarna   is   in   the   Burren   area   of   North   Clare,   a   Unesco   Geo-park   famed   for   its   landscape,   megalithic   tombs,   Iron-Age   forts, castles,   caves,   seascapes   and   more   besides   –   a   fabulous   place   to   visit,   even   in   winter.   Ireland’s   top   outdoor   attraction   the   Cliffs of Moher are a few miles away. There   are   top-class   food   producers   in   the   area   –   especially   cheese-makers   and   for   seafood   lovers   the   Burren   Smoke-House, which   is   100   yards   from   our   venue.   Lisdoonvarna   itself   became   popular   as   a   spa   centre   some   150   years   ago,   hosted   a   famous music    festival    (1978-83)    immortalised    in    song    by    Christy    Moore,     and    is    the    location    for    the    globally-renowned    annual Matchmaking Festival in September. Driving F rom   Dublin   –   from   Dublin   centre   or   the   M50      ring   road,   take   the   M4   motorway   (Sligo/Galway),   branch   left   onto   the   M6   (to Galway)   near   Kinnegad,   and   turn   south   on   the   M18   near   Athenry.   From   there   turn   off   at   Kiltiernan,   drive   south   on   a   choice   of minor   roads   to   connect   with   the   R347and   then   the   N67   to   Kinvara.   This   very   scenic   route continues   to   Ballyvaughan,   where   the   N67   bears   left   to   Lisdoonvarna   via   the   celebrated   hairpins of   Corkscrew   Hill.   (Another   alternative   is   to   continue   on   the   M18   past   Kiltiernan,   turn   off   at   Gort, and   then   take   the   R460   to   Corofin   –   passing   the   monastic   site   of   Kilmacduagh   and   Lough   Bunny – and turn right onto the R476 towards Kilfenora and then Lisdoonvarna.) Another   option   from   Dublin   is   to   take   the   N7   and   M7   motorway   towards   Limerick,   where   you bear   right   onto   the   N18   and   Shannon   Tunnel   which   becomes   the   M18.   Turn   left   towards   Ennis, take   the   ring   road   round   to   the   N85   junction   towards   Ennistimon,   turning   right   ouside   Ennis   onto the R476 proceeding via Corofin and Kilfenora to Lisdoonvarna. From   Galway    –   drivers   from   Galway   or   anyone   coming   from   the   North   and   West   of   Ireland   can   take   the   N67   off   the   Galway   ring road, turning right at Kilcolgan on the coast road to Kinvara, Ballyvaghan and left to Lisdoonvarna. From   the   south    –   head   towards   Limerick,   where   you   bear   right   onto   the   N18   and   Shannon   Tunnel   which   becomes   the   M18.   Turn left   towards   Ennis,   take   the   ring   road   round   to   the   N85   junction   towards   Ennistimon,   turning   right   ouside   Ennis   onto   the   R476 proceeding   via   Corofin   and   Kilfenora   to   Lisdoonvarna.   Visitors   from   Kerry   can   optionally   take   the   Tarbert-Killmer   ferry   across   the Shannon and reach Lisdoonvarna via the coast road to Lahinch and then via Ennistiomon. Note    –   there   are   cash   or   electronic   tolls   on   Ireland’s   motorways,   but   an   electronic   only   toll   on   the   M50   south   of   the   airport   which must be paid for in advance. See https://www.eflow.ie/  or check with your car hire company. Flights The   most   local   airport   is   Shannon   (Ireland’s   first   transatlantic   airport   and   where   ‘duty-free’   retailing   first   started).      Drive   to Lisdoonvarna   by   turning   left   onto   the   M18   towards   Galway   and   then   turn   off   at   Ennis   as   described above (50-60 minutes). There   is   a   wider   choice   of   international   flights   into   Dublin.   It’s   a   3-4   hour   drive   from   there   to Lisdoonvarna   depending   on   your   route   and   your   driving   style!   Leave   Dublin   via   the   M50   (and   its electronic toll) and follow the instructions above. Buses and Trains Galway   to   Lisdoonvarna    –   the   350   Bus   Eireann   service   meanders   from   Galway   to   Lisdoonvarna   (105   minutes).   Bus   Eireann tickets can optionally be bought in advance via the company website. Ennis to Lisdoonvarna  – the 350 service running north takes about 80 minutes. Shannon Airport to Ennis – Bus Eireann run services 51, X51 and the slower 343. There   are   bus   and   train   services   from   Dublin   and   Cork   to   Ennis   (often   via   Limerick), inexpensive if you book ahead. From   Dublin   airport   –   there   is   a   good   bus   service   via   the   Red   Cow   interchange   to   Ennis   http://www.dublincoach.ie/   .      This   saves going   into   Dublin   and   connecting   from   the   train   or   bus   stations.   (If   using   Dublin   Coach,   unless   you   are   visiting   Ennis,   ask   to   get out near Ennis Bus & Train station rather than the endpoint at the Temple Gate Hotel car park.)
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