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Burren Outdoor Education Centre





The Burren Outdoor Education Centre was established by County Clare V.E.C. in 1982 and was one of the first purpose built outdoor education centres in Ireland. Since then we have explored the Burren with tens of thousands of visitors.

The centre staff are dedicated, enthusiastic and qualified with upto 25 years experience working with all age groups in the Burren.

Programmes for Secondary Schools and Youth Groups


Transition Year

Our hugely popular TY residential activity programmes can last from 2 to 5 days and are designed to encourage friendship and team spirit, as well as offering challenge and the opportunity to learn new skills.
This type of programme is an ideal way for students to bond together in new class groups at the start of the year.

We can accommodate upto 56 students in our purpose built facities, and with so many different activities to choose from, your group are assured a fantastic experience.

Here at the BOEC we have over 25 years experience of planning and delivering experiential learning programmes to all second level students, you know they will be in safe hands.

Leaving Cert Applied

LCA programmes are designed to meet the requirement of the Outdoor Education modules.

Students will :

  • Participate in physical activities and experience success and enjoyment
  • Develop a positive attitude towards further participation in physical activities
  • Learn skills and knowledge for selected activities in a safe manner
  • Develop personal and social relationships through involvement in activities

In this way learning outcomes for the Leisure and Recreation and Active Leisure Studies modules can be achieved.

Outdoor Education



It is widely accepted that outdoor activities provide students with a unique learning environment that promotes personal and social development encouraging a wide range of supplementary learning outcomes. These outcomes are hard to measure or record but can be seen as changes in a person’s confidence or ability to work with others.

If there are any particular outcomes you want for your group please let us know. Examples:


  • Sense of adventure
  • Fun
  • Environmental awareness
  • Teamwork
  • Challenge
  • Communication skills
  • Decision making
  • Participation
  • Group bonding
  • Self reliance







Burren Outdoor Education Centre
Turlough,
Bell Harbour
Co. Clare
tel: 065 7078066
web: www.burrenoec.com
web: burrenoec@clarevec.ie