Gregan’s Geosite | Ballyvaughan | Ireland Travel Guide

This article about Gregan's Geosite at Ballyvaughan is part of the series of blog posts and video guides exploring the Wild Atlantic Way.

Blog Series

This blog explores Gregan's Geosite as part of my Galway to Clare itinerary from Clifden to Derrygimlagh in County Galway and on to the Cliffs of Moher and Doolin in County Clare. Click here for an overview of the entire route.

Summary: The Wild Atlantic Way is a 2,500km (>1,550 mile) tourist route along Ireland’s Western coastline, from Malin Head in Donegal in the North to Kinsale in the South. It connects significant historic, cultural and geographic features into a manageable road trip from staggering clifftop vistas to golden strands and stunning lighthouses.  

VIDEO GUIDE for this itinerary

Gregan's Geosite | Part of the Galway – Clare Itinerary (One Day)

Gregan's Geosite Travel Guide

Gregan's Geosite was a suggested viewpoint on the Wild Atlantic Way not far from Galway City and near Ballyvaughan. The road begins to wind around a number of hairpin turns and is called Corkscrew Hill at this point. asdf

The view is really gorgeous and if you get lucky with the weather, as I did, you can see for miles towards the sea.


This part of Galway is called ‘The Burren'. In the area, there are nine Geosites that you can visit. A Geosite is an area of geological significance. Here in the Burren, there are a series of places which might have standalone visitor experiences, or at least interpretation information, such as here at Gregan's Geosite.

Gregan's Geosite

This particular geosite is the natural amphitheatre that you see as you gaze down the valley. The term ‘Gregan' here relates to the Irish for ‘rock' or ‘rocky' (place).

Gregan's Instagram Frame!

If nothing else, the rust red ‘frame' provided by the creators of this viewpoint makes for a fun way to interact with the ancient landscape, and so it's worth a few minutes of anyone's time to get a cool snap for Instagram. Do you follow me on Instagram already? If not, click here and give me a wee follow 🙂 By the way, the rust red finish ties in with the branding of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Layout & Surfaces

The viewpoint is at the side of the road at Corkscrew Hill. It is a tarmac parking area suitable for 2-3 cars or a campervan and there are no toilet or other facilities.

Next Stop

From here, it was back into the campervan and towards Dunguaire Castle and then the Cliffs of Moher (a long driving day!).

Find the accompanying video for this article below:

where can i stay?

I camped at Doolin, County Clare in my campervan the Cliffs of Moher. Not tempted to camp? There are multiple options to stay nearby.

Check out options in Doolin if heading South, OR around Clifden if you're heading North on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Further recommendations are below.

Cliffs of Moher Area

High-End, full of character

Ballinalacken Castle Hotel, Co. Galway

Better Value, Local Charm

O'Leary's Lodge B&B

Excursions in the Connemara Area


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