The Burren, a great rocky expanse in County Clare, is one of the world's truly unique places in that it can supports Arctic, Mediterranean and Alpine plants side-by-side. Its ancient, awe inspiring stone structures hold secrets from the past that may never be unraveled.
An unpolluted and unspoiled area of over 100 square miles starting from the west at Doolin that really captivates visitors with it's jagged terrain of limestone pavements and fascinating countryside of contradiction and paradoxes the Burren is just made for browsing and discovery.
The Burren's geology, flora, fauna, caves, archaeology and history set it apart as a place of mystery and beauty; an explorers dream.
Poulnabrone Portal Dolmen is an ancient stone tomb dating between 2000 - 2500 B.C. It's just one of the many historic monuments dotted throughout this area.
Whatever your interests, you will find something special among these bare yet fruitful rocks.
Places to visit in the Burren
- Burren Centre: In Kilfenora visit the Burren Centre is a good place to learn about the Burren before exploring it.
- Lemenagh Castle: contains a 15th centaury residential tower and a 17th centaury fortified house.
- Burren Perfumery: A little off the beaten track, this perfumery founded 35 years ago at the centre of a quiet valley in the heart of the Burren is a must visit.
- Caherconnell Stone Fort: This large and perfect fort 140-145 feet in external diameter dates back to 400 to 1200 ad.
- Poulna brone Dolmen: This 6000 year old Dolmen was excavated in 1986, among the discoveries were the remains of 16-22 adults and 6 children.
- Ailwee caves: These caves form part of a cave system created by the action of melt waters from a prehistoric ice age on the limestone below the burren. There is also cheese making , a farm shop and a birds of prey centre.