About Fanore

The Caher River (the only river in the Burren to flow its entire course above ground) enters the sea here. Near the beach the site of an ancient house has been uncovered and excavated on the north bank.

The name comes from the Irish ‘Ór’ meaning sea coast and thus Fán Ór literally means ‘the declivity by the sea coast.’ A beautiful beach, noted for its edible seaweed. Some authorities hold that the name comes from Fán Óir, meaning golden slope of beach.

It is situated on the R477 to the south of Black Head and is a popular bathing place with a public recreation area. The village is quaint with a shop and a pub and further down the coast is Fitzpatricks, a general merchant and post office and O’Donoghue’s pub, which has music on Saturday nights.

The Caher River enters the sea here and the sandhills area, known as the Rabbit Warren, are to the north of the river mouth. The site of a possibly middle stone age house has been excavated on the north bank.

Behind the beach a road goes inland and up the Khyber Pass or Caher River valley. It passes a village deserted since the days of the famine.

South of Fanore rises Slieve Elva, 345m and pierced by the cave of Pollnagollum, which is more than four miles in length.

Fanore was home to Australian author Francis Stuart, who died February 2nd 2000.

Black Head Loop

Black Head Loop
Address:

Fanore
Co Clare

GPS: 53.118013, -9.285427

Additional Information

Trailhead: Fanore Beach Car Park, Fanore, Co. Clare
Services: Fanore (1km) and Ballyvaughan (14km)
Dist/Time: 26km / 5hr-6hrs
Difficulty: Hard
Terrain: Green roads, tracks and mountain paths
To Suit: Higher than average level of fitness

Map available in 'Other Information'

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Caher Valley Loop

Caher Valley Loop
Address:

Fanore
Co Clare

GPS: 53.118013, -9.285427

Additional Information

Trailhead: Fanore Beach Carpark, Co. Clare
Services: Fanore, Co. Clare
Dist/Time: 14.5km/3-4hrs
Difficulty: Moderate
Terrain: Mix of minor roadways and green roads
To Suit: Medium level of fitness

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Fanore Beach

Fanore Beach
Address:

Fanore
Co. Clare

GPS: 53.123831, -9.277774

Additional Information

Fanore has a large sandy beach and extensive sand dune system. It is very popular with walkers, swimmers and surfers. Surfers can find a haven here as an alternative to the very busy Lahinch.

From Fanore beach the Burren is in easy walking distance. Designated walking routes are Caher Valley Loop Walk, Fanore to Ballyvaughan Trek and the Burren Way. Maps of these routes are in 'Other information'

Fanore Beach is a Geosite.

'Golden sand dunes, storm beaches of boulders stacked together by powerful waves, rocks rich in ancient marine fossils and smooth lime encrusted stones in the river bed of the Caher river – the only surface river in the northern Burren, are all to be discovered at Fanore Beach. Together with its diversity of flora, birdlife, butterflies and moths – and evidence of prehistoric hunters-gatherers living amongst the dunes, it is easy to understand why this beach is a Special Area of Conservation.'

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Fanore to Ballyvaughan

Fanore to Ballyvaughan
Address:

Fanore
Co Clare

GPS: 53.118013, -9.285427

Additional Information

Trailhead: Car Park Fanore Beach
Services: Full services are available at Fanore and Ballyvaughan
Distance: 21Km
Time: 5 – 6hrs
Difficulty: Difficult to Hard
Terrain: Green roads, minor roadways, woodland tracks.
To Suit: High levels of fitness

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Rockyview Farmhouse

Rockyview Farmhouse
Address:

Coast Road
Fanore, Ballyvaughan
Co. Clare

Phone: +353 65 707 6103
E-mail: Contact Us
Website: Visit Our Site
GPS: 53.130255, -9.276962

Additional Information

Noel and Ita Walsh welcome you to Rockyview B&B, situated in the seaside village of Fanore, offering spectacular views of the Burren hills, Galway Bay and the Aran Islands.

There are 5 en-suite bedrooms, a guest lounge/conservatory where one can read, relax with many books and maps on the area, and have your meals at leisure.

Noel and Ita are keen gardeners. The produce that is used in the preparation of breakfast comes from their garden and is artificial fertilizer, herbicide and pesticide free. Special diets are also catered for.

A local Restaurant and nearby pub serve meals too.

Noel and Ita have a vast knowledge of the Burren area and are nature lovers and bird watchers.

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Peregringo

Peregringo
Address:

Fanore
Co Clare

Phone: +353 65 707 6980
E-mail: Contact Us
Website: Visit Our Site
GPS: 53.130807, -9.278871

Additional Information

Our studio is open to visitors. We make wooden hand painted boxes, tempera and acrylics paintings, lithographs and celtic designs, book covers and illustrations

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Post office

Post office
Address:

Craggagh
Fanore
Co. Clare

Phone: +353 65 707 6131
GPS: 53.101342, -9.297349

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Saint Patrick's Church

Saint Patrick's Church
Address:

Murrough
Fanore
Co. Clare

Phone: +353 65 707 7045
Website: Visit Our Site
GPS: 53.124574, -9.274880

Additional Information

For mass time, please go to the website

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Vasco Eco Adventure

Vasco Eco Adventure
Address:

Coast Road
The Burren
Fanore
Co Clare

Phone: +353 65 707 6020
Website: Visit Our Site
GPS: 53.101127, -9.297537

Additional Information

Bicycle repairs

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