The Burren is known for its stunning scenery, a mix of beautiful coastline and the rugged and unique landscape of the Burren National Park. The Park House Hotel in Galway is the perfect hotel for your visit to the Burren where you can easily take a day trip along the coast of the Wild Atlantic Way to the Cliffs of Moher and the Buren National Park. This beautiful area also boasts some charming towns and villages such as Kinvara, Ballyvaughan, Doolin, Lahinch and Kilfenora. You will find some of the most scenic drives Ireland has to offer around the Burren and Cliffs of Moher and it’s well-known as one of the best day tours to take from Galway. You will be captivated by the ever-changing scenery of castles and tranquil countryside and there are plenty of scenic walks, picnic spots, cycles and beauty spots along the way.
The unique lunar-like landscape of the Burren was shaped beneath ancient tropical seas that covered Ireland approximately 350 million years ago. A sacred landscape, with over 2,000 monuments, the Burren's ancient shrines include well-preserved ring forts, dramatic wedge tombs with dolmens and standing stones everywhere, a testament to the Age of the Druids.
Lord of the Rings and Middle Earth
JRR Tolkien first visited Ireland in 1926 on a walking tour with his friend, CS Lewis, who would later author The Chronicles of Narnia. From1949, during his time as Professor of English Language and Literature at Oxford University’s Merton College, Tolkien made regular trips to what is now known as NUI Galway as external examiner to the English Department. Tolkien’s summer job in Galway introduced him to the natural beauty of the west of Ireland. He became particularly fascinated by the Burren – a place whose landscape bears a striking resemblance to the ‘Misty Mountains’ of Middle Earth.
After a day spent enjoying the Burren and it'sbeautiful surroundings of the Cliffs of Moher and Burren National Park the Park House Hotel is the perfect hotelto stay in Galway, relax in one of our 99 luxury bedrooms and enjoy awardwinning food and hospitality.
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