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The Burren, County Clare

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Witness the natural wonder of The Burren, an area that is both rocky and fertile. “Burren” comes from an Irish word meaning “a rocky place,” which fits because the area is full of exposed limestone. Take in gorgeous views of the rugged shoreline cliffs. Tour the karst hills of the region, which are rich in historic and archeological sites, including several megalithic tombs, portal dolmens, and the nearby Corcomroe Abbey. The area also features a wealth of flora, fauna, and herbs. Leave time to visit the 1,500 hectare (3,707 acre) Burren National Park, located in the southeastern corner of the region. Take a look at our Burren National Park trip generator to schedule your visit to The Burren and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Hiring a car to drive through this area was a brilliant thing to do. Underground lakes, rocks, limestone formations, caves, abbeys, and more. I was blessed to see two rainbows over the landscapes. The...  more »
  • The Burren is a remarkable landscape, and if you get a nice clear day, be sure to visit. The hike from Gortlecka to Mullaghmore was actually pretty easy, unlike the national park guide that classifies...  more »
  • I had consulted with an Irish born friend about his recommendations for my upcoming trip to Ireland and his first pick was "the Burren". It was our first pick as well and it did not disappoint! The ro...  more »
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  • Amazing landscape and completely unexpected in Ireland. Looks like something form the moon or another planet. It's really different to see and I wish I knew more about geology and fossils as that would have likely made me give it 4.5 or 5 stars. I liked it a lot and would recommend it, but didn't love it in comparison to other locations in Ireland like Dingle peninsula, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Mohr, Galway, Connemara.
  • I did the bust trip and I totally enjoyed it, the countryside views are spectacular. Recommend a visit to any nature lover
  • Beautiful landscape. Suggest you ride the free shuttle from Corofin to the trails, especially if you are from North America. The "L" roads can be brutal and parking is limited. Trails are well marked, just wish they would expand the trail system. Keep an eye down looking for the fossils of corals.
  • Stunning geological feature -a massive Karsten formation- thrown into the beautiful County Clare landscape, well worth a visit!
  • Absolutely breathtaking!! My husband & I r planning a trip to Scotland(my heritage), & now will b adding Ireland(his heritage) as well. I've read several historical novels set n Ireland & they definitely piqued my interest. Everyone I know who's been there says they've seen anything so green in their life, nor could they describe the exact color green. They said it's just an overload to ur senses, a fantastic overload that is! Not sure what part of the island we'll go to but I'm leaning towards the Burren National park & Galway(or Geall as it was once called, VERY long ago). Can't wait!!! Thanks for all the beautiful pics, the sites amazing!