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

Hostel Accommodation

The Burren Perfumery (Irelands Oldest Working Perfumery)

The Michael Cusack Centre (GAA museum)

Caherconnell Stone fort and Visitor Centre

Burren Life Project Offices 

Catholic Church

National School

An Post pick up point

Poulnabrone Dolmen

Cahercommuan Stone Fort

The Burren way walking Route

National Way marked Walking Routes (the Carron Loop)

Temple Cronan Church- is an Early Christian Church which was dedicated to St Cronan of Roscrea, or Tuamgraney.  The Church ruin is believed to date back to the 12th century.  Romanesque heads decorate the exterior wall. 

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