You may have travelled with me along this limestone plateau and wondered at its stark surreal beauty, but what is the Burren?
The place name the Burren is a phonetic Anglicisation of the Irish place name An Bhoireann which means a place of stone or rocky place. Stretching across northern Clare, from the Atlantic coast to Kinvara in County Galway, it’s a unique striated limestone landscape that was shaped beneath ancient seas (360 million years ago), then forced high and dry by a great geological cataclysm.
The Aran Islands were formerly part of the Burren. They were detached from the region when sea levels rose at the end of the last Ice Age (circa 10,000 years ago). If visiting the Burren I’d highly recommend making the short voyage from Doolin to Inisheer.
This is not the green Ireland of postcards. But there are wildflowers in spring, giving the350 square kilometre Burren a brilliant, if ephemeral, colour amid its austere beauty. There are also intriguing villages to enjoy. These include the music hub of Doolin on the west coast, Kilfenora inland and Ballyvaughan in the north, on the shores of Galway Bay.
Many of the views around The Burren are truly spectacular. The unforgettable Corkscrew Hill and its vista across Galway Bay; or the journey around Black Head or the view from Ballinalacken Hill across to the Aran Islands. If you’d like to explore this area further including a trip to the magical Inisheer then please don’t hesitate in contacting myself or any of the team.