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Corofin, North Clare


Located on the River Fergus and surrounded by lakes, the picturesque village of Corofin is a gateway town to the world-famous Burren region.

Outdoor enthusiasts are spoiled for choice with a selection of walking routes and outdoor activities to choose from in the area. Inchiquin lake is situated on the western outskirts of Corofin and offers opportunities for kayaking. Sitting at the base of surrounding hills, the 260-acre lake is a perfect birdwatching spot as it is home to White Tailed Eagles, Kingfishers, Grey Herons, white and black swans, mallard ducks, and many more species. Burren Angling Guide provides guided angling for trout and pike on Inchiquin and other nearby lakes.

The Lough Avalla Farm Loop, located a ten-minute drive from Corofin, is a 6km walk along the shores of the idyllic Lough Avalla and through farm pastures, hazel wood stretches and the renowned limestone landscape of the Burren. The trailhead for the Mullaghmore Loop Walk is in nearby Kilnaboy with the 7.5km route taking in spectacular views of Mullaghmore and Lough Gealain, a picturesque lake nestled at the foot of the 590ft hill.

Corofin is steeped in history. The Clare Heritage Museum is housed in what was once St Catherine’s Church of Ireland, which was built by Catherine Keightly – a first cousin of Queens Mary and Anne. The quaint church setting and broad range of local and personal artefacts, displayed in old-style, wood-framed cabinets, create an evocative and emotional interpretation of the harsh reality of 19th century life in Clare. An Irish National Monument, the Cross Inneenboy, also known as Roughan Hill Tau Cross, is on display.

The Clare Heritage and Genealogy Centre holds one of Ireland’s largest collections of genealogical material. Since 1982, the centre has offered people with Clare roots the chance to trace their forbears. The Centre also hosts the Burren National Park Information Point, which provides information on the formation, management, flora and fauna of the Burren National Park and the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark.

A short distance south of Corofin is Dysert O’Dea Castle, an authentically restored 15th century castle that houses the Clare Archaeology Centre. Dysert O’Dea Church, which stands on the site of an early Christian monastery, dates mainly from the 12th century. Its most famous feature is the Romanesque doorway. The High Cross, situated east of the church, dates from the 12th century and is one of the finest examples of its kind in Ireland.  Other historical places of interest in the village include the Grotto, The Workhouse, and Kilvoydane Cemetery, which includes a 15th century monastic site.

Corofin offers visitors an array of accommodation options including a hostel, self-catering cottages, B&Bs and a camp site. The village also is home to many fine restaurants and pubs where you can enjoy an Irish traditional music session.

Corofin is located a short distance from Kilnaboy and Leamaneh Castle, an important local crossroads from where you can branch off to some of the Burren’s most popular attractions including Aillwee Burren Experience, Poulnabrone Dolmen, Caherconnell Stone Fort, the Michael Cusack Centre, Kilfenora Cathedral, Corcomroe Abbey and Father Ted’s Parochial House.

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