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Burren National Park
Burren National Park

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The Burren National Park

Discover the Burren National Park

The Burren is like nowhere else in Ireland. From the northwest corner of County Clare, it rises as a cluster of grey-domed hills with terraced sides, whose western feet slope to the sea at Galway Bay. There are no bogs and very few pastures, but instead huge pavements of limestone called clints, their vertical fissures known locally as grikes.

The national park is home to Ireland’s richest flora, and plants that wouldn’t normally be found within a thousand miles of each other grow contentedly in neighbouring cracks and hollows in the limestone pavements and on the hill slopes. There is evidence that people settled here as long ago as the Stone Age, although the porous, almost waterless limestone, scraped smooth by glaciers, has never provided easy living conditions for humans.

Villages are scattered around the fringes: Ballyvaughan on the north coast, Doolin and Lisdoonvarna to the west, and Kilfenora with its Burren Visitor Centre in the south. The N67 crosses the interior from Ballyvaughan to Lisdoonvarna. There are no settlements here, but most interesting historical sites are to be found here.

Recommended in The Burren National Park

35332 3

Sheedy's Country House Hotel

Excellent hospitality in an unrivalled town centre location.
107213 2

Moy House

This guest house in a former hunting lodge enjoys stunning views and excellent surroundings.
35154 2

Gregans Castle

This hotel is a hidden gem in The Burren area with a beautiful garden and an enviable outlook on Galway Bay.