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.
Lady Gregory, who lived in Coole Park, Gort, Co Galway, built her summer residence here in c.1788. Her ancestor, Colonel William Persse, was friendly with the 1st. President of the U.S.A, George Washington, so the house was named Mount Vernon, in his honour.
The building at the end of the peninsula is a Martello Tower, built during the Napoleonic Wars c. 1800 to prevent a French invasion.
Seamus Heaney: Nobel Laureate for Literature 1995. He got the inspiration for his poem “Postscript” on the Flaggy Shore. It was published in his collection of poetry called “The Spirit Level “ in 1996. Lake Murree, mentioned in the poem is at the far end of the Flaggy Shore.