The Burren Perfumery
Carron, Co. Clare
In the remote north-west corner of County Clare, on Ireland's Atlantic coast. an extraordinary landscape of limestone pavements and unique wild plants has inspired a remarkable business and tourist attraction. The Burren Perfumery is located 2km from Carran, in the centre of the Burren. The nearest towns are Kinvara (to the North East), Ballyvaghan (to the North West), Corrofin (to the South) and Ennistymon (to the South West).
Learn about the perfumery, soap-making and the area from a permanent exhibition explaining the flowers and landscape etc.
Visit the herb garden, look in at the still room and lots more!
Perfumery Hours: Open daily year round
10.00 to 17.00 Oct to Apr
10.00 to 18.00 May, Jun & Sept
09.00 to 19.00 Jul and Aug
Tearooms Hours: Open daily May to Sept
11.00 - 17.00
Tel: 00 353 65 7089102 or 00 353 65 7089200
Dromore Wood, Ruan, Ennis, Co. Clare
An area of approximately 400 hectares (1000 acres), Dromore, 8km north of Ennis off the Ennis-Galway road (N18), was established as a nature reserve because of the diversity and richness of its flora and fauna. This richness comes from the fact that it has many different habitat types. These include a river, lakes, turloughs, callows (flodded meadows), limestone pavement, fen peat, reed beds and species-rich woodland.
The reserve has historical and archaeological aspects. The 17th century O'Brien Castle is still standing by the lake edge. This is also the sites of Cahermacrea Castle, Kilakee Church, two ring forts and a lime kiln.
Partial access for visitors with disabilities.
Open daily - barrier closes Summer 19.30 / Winter 18.00
Visitor Centre: May Wed - Sun 10.00 - 17.00 / Jun - Aug daily 10:00 - 17:00
Average Length of Visit: 1 hour
Self guiding booklet (in English only) available for Visitor Centre during Opening hours
Telephone No: 065 6822711
Facilities: Two nature trails, Picnic Tables, Car/Coach Park, Toilets, Partial wheelchair access.
Scattery Island Centre, Kilrush, Co. Clare
Located approximately one mile off Kilrush, 2.5km boat trip from Kilrush Marina, Scattery Island is home to a monastic settlement founded in the early 6th century by St. Senan who was born locally.
There are the ruins of six churches and one of the highest Round Towers in Ireland, 120 feet high, with it's unusual feature of it's door at ground level. Scattery has had many invasions down through the centuries; the Vikings invaded during the early 9th century but Brian Boru later recaptured the island. It is believed that Scattery is a derivation of the Norse word for treasure, which is Scatty.
The main church on the island is Teampall Naomh Mhuire (Cathedral of Saint Mary), situated next to the round tower. Scattery for a time in the 12th century administered to a diocese. There is an effigy of a bishop's head on the outside of the east window of the Cathedral believed to be that of St. Senan. The holy well, called Tobar Sinean, beside the round tower was of great reverence and respect by the islanders. It was also associated with a pattern held on St. Senan's Feast Day on 8th Mar. St. Senan is believed to have died in the year 544 and is reputed to be buried in St. Senan's Bed beside Temple Senan a small 12th Century Romanesque church.
An exhibition of the history of the island is housed in the visitor reception building, which is situated near the pier.
Open 9th Jun - 31st Aug daily 10.00 - 18.00 (Recommended visiting times)
Contact local boat operator for boat departure times
Last Admission 45 mins. before closing
Average Length of Visit: 1 - 2 hours
Guided Tours and Leaflet/Guide book in English
Photography / Video is allowed but permit required for commercial purposes
Please note that access to the island is dependent on tidal/weather conditions
Tel: +353 65 682 9100 (Ennis Friary Contact No.)