Accommodation in Ballyvaughan. Sometimes people arrive in the country early and want to make their own way to the village where we will be spending the week. Ballyvaughan is about an hour's drive from Shannon Airport. With patience, it can be reached by public transportation. A taxi costs somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 - 100 euros.
Hyland's Burren Hotel
Oceanville Bed and Breakfast
List of 10 Ballyvaughan Area Hotels on Virtual Tourist
Accommodation in Ennis, a town 10 minutes' drive from Shannon airport. A nice place to stay if you arrive in the country the day before the trip begins and just want to rest up and meet us back at the airport the next day. I believe buses run fairly regularly from the airport, and a taxi would be fairly reasonable.
Old Ground Hotel
Temple Gate Hotel
List of Ennis Hotels on TripAdvisor
Suggestions for places to visit in Ireland if you have extra time.
The Dingle Peninsula and the Ring of Kerry, the wilds of Connemara.
I have heard wonderful things about Kylemore Abbey.
Frequently Asked Questions.
What will the weather be like?
Temperatures may fluctuate from 50 - 75 degrees fahrenheit. Rain at some point is almost inevitable; the only question is its frequency. Wind is the norm. In 2001, we had freakishly warm weather, and I tried to buy sunscreen. The shopkeepers thought I was crazy. I finally found some for about $40.
Where do we go? I want to plan extra time, but I don't want to duplicate the trip.
Our time is primarily spent off the beaten track, walking across land you would not discover on your own.
Weather permitting, we usually go to Inismore, the westernmost Aran Island, and we may take one trip into Connemara. Otherwise, our time is spent in County Clare. Sometimes you will have a bit of time in Doolin or Galway for a meal and a wander, but aside from these occasional drop ins, our time is spent out of the commercial centers, other than the charming village of Ballyvaughan.
Any suggested reading material?
No. If you enjoy reading about places before you go, simply follow your interest, be it geological, historical, literary or spiritual, or all of the above.