November 11, 2013

Introduction to The Burren in Ireland

The Burren  +353 (0)65 7071017.  The striking lunar landscape here includes ruts, grikes (fissures), rocky mounds, and clints (isolated rocks jutting from the surface).  This rocky terrain is home to rare plants (including colorful wildflowers that bloom in spring) and insects (approximately 700 different species).  You will see plenty just driving route N67, but if you have the time head inland at Lisdoonvarna (if you’re heading north, take the R476 to R480, exiting near Ballyvaughan) to see many of the ancient ruins.  This is a helpful road map to the Burren.

Burren Centre in Kilfenora  Stop here for orientation and detailed information about the Burren.  The area is a popular weekend escape, so you’ll find out about yoga and painting classes as well as camp sites, B&Bs, and hostels.  Note that Burren roads are quite narrow.

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