R477, County Clare
(Scenic Drives of Ireland Feature)
A spectacular drive through the Burren and along the Atlantic Ocean.
Ireland has many spectacular ocean drives, but few are as rugged and jaw-dropping as the R477. This road, which cuts through County Clare along the west coast or Ireland, is not for the faint of heart; spine-tingling curves, impossibly steep dropoffs, and rocks and boulders of all sizes make the R477 a difficult road to drive, even in good weather. But that is partly what makes this coastal road so special.
From just north of Doolin, R477 begins its descent toward the Atlantic Ocean, then hugs the cliffs and hills of the Burren as it heads north along the coast. Aside from an occasional pub or house, there is no civilization to speak of for most of the journey. The R477 finally becomes more placid as it ends in the little village of Ballyvaughan. The R477 may be a short road, but it is surely packed with some amazing scenery.
TOWNS ALONG OR NEAR R477:
Ballyvaughan, Murroogh, Lisdoonvarna, Roadford, Doolin
THINGS TO SEE AND DO NEAR R477:
- The Burren--A region of haunting beauty, the Burren is a rocky, remote area along the west coast of Ireland near Doolin and Ballyvaughan. The R477 passes through the western part of the Burren as it winds its way above the Atlantic Ocean.
- Doolin--Located a few miles south of R477, Doolin is a delightful village, with world-famous pubs, shops that sell traditional crafts and Aran sweaters, and excellent bed and breakfasts.
- Gus O'Connor's Pub--Many people come to Doolin just to hear the traditional music and soak up the cozy atmosphere of Gus O'Connor's. After taking a scenic ride along the R477, nothing is better than a pint, a meal, and some great music at Gus O'Connor's Pub.
- Archaeological Sites--There are many interesting archaeological sites near R477 in the Burren, an ancient land with many mysteries. Grab a guide and find some of these sites within this rugged area.
- Ballyvaughan--Doolin may get most of the press, but Ballyvaughan is another picture-perfect coastal village. Ballyvaughan is a good starting point for bikers and hikers, as it marks the northern end of the Burren.