Carran (or Carron)
Carran is the only village in the Burren uplands, it gets its name from the Gaelic word “Cairn” meaning a mound of stones. These cairns can be found at the highest points of each of the mountains in the Burren, built there by past generations of Burren inhabitants to honour their dead.
This tiny village boasts spectacular views over the Burren landscape, from grey Karst limestone pavement for which the Burren is famous to arable green fields cultivated by local farmers over the centuries.
Birthplace to Michael Cusack, founder of the GAA, whose original homestead has been fully restored and a contemporary visitor centre developed.
The Turlough (disappearing lake) in the valley below the village is the second largest and most famous in the world because of its rich diversity of flora and fauna.
Carran is a walker’s paradise boasting three nationally recognized walking trails, and a choice of accommodation. Nearby are the Burren Perfumery, the Michael Cusack Centre, Cahercommaun and Caherconnell Stone Forts. Facilities and Attractions in Carron include:
A Pub and Restaurant (Cassidy’s)
Bed and Breakfast’s
Self Catering Accommodation
The Burren Perfumery (Irelands Oldest Working Perfumery)
The Michael Cusack Centre (GAA museum)
Caherconnell Stone fort and Visitor Centre
Burren Life Project Offices
An Post pick up point
Cahercommuan Stone Fort
The Burren way walking Route
National Way marked Walking Routes (the Carron Loop)
Temple Cronan Church (pre 12th Century)