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The Burren

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Address: The Burren House Farm County Clare, Ireland, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 65 708 8030
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Bare limestone plateau characterized by carboniferous limestone abounding...

Bare limestone plateau characterized by carboniferous limestone abounding in corals, mollusks and other fossils that lived in the shallow seas over 300 million years ago.

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Extraordinary Site in Ireland

The Burren is a barren limestone outcropping that has a human history going back to 4000 BC. Thrilled we went here as there is so much to see and learn. Saw ancient forts... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 October 2016
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Napa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

The Burren is a barren limestone outcropping that has a human history going back to 4000 BC. Thrilled we went here as there is so much to see and learn. Saw ancient forts, castles, ring forts, and burial sites. The area is rich in significance to humans and to Ireland.

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Young, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

A lovely drive through some lovely scenery. Very different to anything else. Well worth a visit. Would have liked more time to enjoy some of the walks

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

My friend and I booked a walking tour of the Burren area before arriving in Ireland. Shane met us at the church in Ballyvaughan and drove us and another couple to the beginning spot for the tour. He was incredibly knowledgeable, informative and funny. We stopped multiple times along the way to learn about the geology, farm animals, ring forts,... More 

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Benbrook, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

This was one of several places I wish we had had more time to spend. After driving for several days through the incredibly lush green beauty of Southern Ireland, through breathtaking scenery including mountains, rivers and streams, emerald fields running with sheep and cattle, the Burren was an abrupt departure. A rugged beauty of its own, it begs to be... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

I always visit The Burren when I go to Ireland. I especially love the southeast Mullaghmore region, where the plateau reaches a height of 626 feet (191 m). Historic and popular stops are the Poulnabrone Dolmen and the eerie Leamaneagh Castle. Kilfenora is a great stop as well -- it has a modest 12th-century cathedral and is famous for its... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

We drove through the Burren on our way to Galway and it was like another planet with huge areas of barren limestone rock. We didn't have time to explore more but it would be well worth it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

The whole area is limestone which was scraped bare by the glaciers. The vegetation is sparse (unlike the north where bog has grown in to cover the limestone. Bog will not form in the future because the limestone has been eroded and there are now numerous caves, sinks and underground rivers. Take your time (you will have to anyway on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

This area is as desolate of a place as you will see anywhere on earth. It is a great place for an hour or so to walk.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

The burren is brilliant to look at, but even better to explore. Tread carefully, making sure to keep yourself from falling and to avoid killing the plants that are growing in the tiniest of crevices. If you can hire a local guide, you'll have an even greater appreciation for the extensive plant life that abounds.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

This is an area rather than a single location, which I say because I did not understand that myself when we were first told that we should come see it. We happened to drive it on a sunny day and the different areas were great to wander through on back roads. The perfumery is buried out in the middle of... More 

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