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Western coastline of The Burren from Dereen West - - 65170.jpg
Fanore is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°07′N 09°17′W / 53.117°N 9.283°W / 53.117; -9.283Coordinates: 53°07′N 09°17′W / 53.117°N 9.283°W / 53.117; -9.283
Country Ireland
CountyCounty Clare
20 m (70 ft)
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceR066965

Fanore (Irish: Fánóir, Fán Óir, meaning "the golden slope") is a small village in County Clare, on the west coast of Ireland.[1] The area was officially classified as part of the West Clare Gaeltacht; an Irish-speaking community; until 1956.


The beach at Fanore at low tide with limestone exposed. Aran Islands in the background, right.


Lying on the road between Ballyvaughan and Doolin, Fanore has an extensive sandy beach and sand dunes (known as the "Rabbit Warren") around the mouth of the Caher River. It is also officially recognised as the longest village in Europe.[2]:31


Remains of a Mesolithic dwelling have been found on the north bank of the river.[2]:31


The village is very popular with walkers, surfers, rock climbers (6 km north of Ailladie), tourists and is particularly interesting to botanists, owing to its location on the edge of the Burren – renowned for its unique flora and fauna.[3] It has a pub, a post office/shop, and a restaurant, as well as a surfing school near the beach.



Bus Éireann route "350" links Fanore to several locations: Ennis, Ennistymon, Cliffs of Moher, Doolin, Lisdoonvarna, Kinvara and Galway. There are a number of journeys each way daily. Onward rail and bus connections are available at Ennis and Galway.

Popular culture[edit]

Fanore has appeared many times on Irish television: in particular, the Father Ted series often featured scenes filmed in Fanore and its surrounding villages.

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  1. ^ "Placenames Database of Ireland". Dublin City University. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b Roche, D. The Clare Guide - Official Irish Tourist Board Guide. Bord Failte.
  3. ^ "Fanore". Blue Flag. Retrieved 16 March 2015.