Flaggy Shore

Flaggy Shore

The Flaggy Shore is one of the most northerly parts of County Clare, stretching from the village of New Quay to Finvarra Point. The Flaggy Shore is one of nine sites of geological importance that form the basis of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark. Famous for its limestone pavements, fossils embedded in the rock, including sculptured rocks along the shore called ‘biokarst’. A paved road runs along the shore making it ideal for walkers of all ability and age.

Take some time to follow the Geopark Heritage trail of the Flaggy Shore and stroll through the local history. The Flaggy Shore is an ideal place to find clues about where the ancient ice sheets were and in what direction the glaciers moved. The clues can be be found by looking at the rocks along the shore and identifying the odd one out. Most of the cobbles and boulders along the shore are grey limestone rocks, but some are glacial erratics of other rock types, such as granite or sandstone.


  • Complimentary Car Parking
  • Fantastic Ocean Views


40.2 km from the Cliffs of Moher
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The Flaggy Shore
Co. Clare
H91 V8PX

One of Ireland’s most famous sights, the Cliffs of Moher are entirely vertical and the cliff edge is abrupt. On a clear day the views are tremendous, with the Aran Islands etched on the waters of Galway Bay. From the cliff edge you can just hear the booming far below as the waves crash and gnaw at the soft shale and sandstone.

With a due-west exposure, sunset is the best time to visit.

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