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The Burren - Mini Travel Blog

September 07, 2011  •  Leave a Comment

West Coast of Ireland - County Clare


The Burren


The Burren was a wind swept and imposing landscape sitting much nearer to sea-level than expected. in yorkshire limestone pavement seems to be nearer to the hills. The pavement in Clare sat between the sea near the cliffs of mohar and the rolling hills near Poulgorm, it is a truly stunning environment. 

Would this have survived in Leeds ;-)


The Poulnabrone Dolmen (Portal Tomb in the Burren) is located 10yrds off one of the ‘main roads’ from Ballyvaughan through to Corrofin. Its an imposing site, surrounded by grey rock features as far as the eye can see. If there hadn’t been a sturdy rope fence i’m sure people would have been sitting on the top of it boozing guiness ;-)  

This area being a national park I had many preconceptions around the type of things we would see. As with most situations in life my ideas went out the window within a few moments. The lunar landscape started the trend but for me the difficult one to perceive was the lack of wildlife. I’m not saying i was expecting to be over run with birds but one wagtail and a rook was a bit of a shock! but i suppose the eerie silence only added to the allure of the burren. 




Verdict - 8/10 in parts its very quiet an a please to be in but in others there is a steady stream of people in coaches going ‘wow its some rocks’. I would definitely go again and visit at maybe a more appropriate time i.e. sunrise or sunset. It would be high on the list of places to go back to if i was over in Ireland again.




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