The Burren - Co Clare
Aptly named from the Irish “Boireann”, meaning “a rocky place”, the Burren with its lunar-like glacio-karst landscape and curious rock formations, has a distinctly otherworldly feel, with the lack of soil cover and the sheer extent of exposed limestone pavement only adding to its dramatic nature.
Primarily situated in the northwest of rural County Clare, it is an area of significant environmental importance and is home to a vast and varied array of flora and fauna. With its numerous excellent hiking and walking trails, with options to suit all age and fitness levels, there is no better way to get out and explore the beautiful nature and scenery.
While for archaeology enthusiasts, no visit to the Burren would be complete without a stop at the Poulnabrone Dolmen. Located about 8km south of the idyllic harbour village of Ballyvaughan, this mystical and ethereal megalithic portal tomb is one of Ireland’s most photographed archaeological sites.
Other highlights of the region include the picturesque village of Doolin, which with its fine selection of pubs is known as the traditional music capital of Ireland, and the popular seaside town of Lahinch, famous for its excellent surfing and the world-renowned Lahinch Golf Club. If you are lucky enough to be in the area in September and want to experience something completely different, a visit to the small town of Lisdoonvarna for its unique and highly entertaining annual “Matchmaking Festival” is essential.