The Flaggy Shore is one of the most northerly parts of County Clare, stretching from the village of New Quay to Finvarra Point. The Flaggy Shore is one of nine sites of geological importance that form the basis of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark. Famous for its limestone pavements, fossils embedded in the rock, including sculptured rocks along the shore called ‘biokarst’. A paved road runs along the shore making it ideal for walkers of all ability and age.
Take some time to follow the Geopark Heritage trail of the Flaggy Shore and stroll through the local history. The Flaggy Shore is an ideal place to find clues about where the ancient ice sheets were and in what direction the glaciers moved. The clues can be be found by looking at the rocks along the shore and identifying the odd one out. Most of the cobbles and boulders along the shore are grey limestone rocks, but some are glacial erratics of other rock types, such as granite or sandstone.