The most northerly place in County Clare, Ballyvaughan is situated just inside the County Galway border in the parish of Drumcreehy. It’s a beautiful little village with a small fishing and trading port set in a green wooded vale.
Origin of Name: Ballyvaughan’s name in Irish is ‘Baile Ui Bheachain’ – meaning 'Behan's or Vaughan's Town.'
The little village is perhaps best known as an ideal base for visitors exploring the Burren, being conveniently close to the famous and unique landscape, as well as for touring Clare. There is a good choice of hotels, guest houses, B&B and self catering accommodation options as well as great restaurants, cafes and pubs to welcome you – Clare style.
If you’re visiting the village be sure to explore Black Head for its magnificent views of Galway Bay, the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher. Take the circular road from Ballyvaughan to Blackhead, Ballylacken and Lisdoonvarna, then return back to the village via the Corkscrew Hill and you will be treated to spectacular scenes of sea and mountain. Don’t forget to have a look at the Black Head lighthouse which dates back to 1936.