Set on a 50 acre organic farm of wildflower meadows, fairy woodlands, limestone and a disappearing lake, Burren Nature Sanctuary Café in the picturesque village of Kinvara along the Wild Atlantic Way is an ideal stopping off point Galway or Dublin to the Cliffs of Moher.
Relax in the cosy Burren Nature Sanctuary Café or sit out in the Waterfall Garden Café. Enjoy freshly baked scones, homemade soups, tasty lunches and great coffee. Children’s menu contains no fizz, no fry and hidden vegetables in pizza and pasta sauces. Try the Burren Brunch our Burren Food Trail Signature Dish a savoury scone made with spinach, cheddar and walnuts, served with a hazelnut and seaweed salad, and Burren Gold Cheese. Excellent selection for herbal teas, freshly baked cakes and cookies, ice-cream cones.
Tour Groups: Our newly opened Dandelion Room can seat 40 people for tea and scones or buffet lunches – advance booking required.
The Burren Nature Sanctuary Café and Avoca gift shop is freely open to all visitors. Stay for the day and buy a ticket to explore all that Burren Nature Sanctuary has to offer. Visit the Botany Bubble home to the National Collection of Burren flora in season which showcases the unique and diverse Burren geology and flora where Alpine, Mediterranean, Arctic and tropical plants grow alongside native Irish wildflowers.
Burren Nature Sanctuary has something for all ages. Find the fairy houses in the hazel woodland, meet the farm pets at feeding time, Burren mountain goats, donkeys, guinea pigs and rabbits. Solve the Bird Box Treasure Hunt or try the Burren Challenge Adventure play with zip wire, the indoor giant slide or soft-play area for toddlers.
Explore the mile-long looped nature trail dotted with interpretive panels as it meanders through Burren habitats of karst limestone, ancient hazel and ash woodland. The orchid rich wildflower meadow grazed by Galloway cows and miniature ponies is home to majority of Ireland’s butterflies. The audio walking guide really brings the landscape to life.
Discover fossils from ancient tropical seas in the limestone rocks formed over millions of years. Identify seasonal wild flowers growing in the spaces between the rocks. Stroll along the boreen, a grassy track lined with native Irish trees all the way to the turlough and unusual freshwater lake that disappears into limestone caves in time with the tides. Connect with nature, yourself and each other in the peace and tranquillity of this ancient landscape.