Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Burren, Clare

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The word "Burren" comes from an Irish word "BoĆ­reann" meaning a rocky place. This is obviously a very fitting name as you can probably tell from these pictures with the wide spans of exposed limestone pavement. The Burren is a karst landscape in County Clare that we drove through on our Wild Atlantic Way roadtrip. Our tour guide at the Doolin Cave recommended we visit the Burren by driving from Doolin to Ballyvaughan and his favorite beach in Fanore, so that's exactly what we did. The Burren covers around 250 square kilometres of limestone rock and while from a distance it seems extremely barren it is actually rich with different flowers; 600 different flowering plants have been recorded there. In fact three quarters of Ireland's species of flowers are found in the Burren. The crevices in the limestone provide moist shelter, supporting a wide range of plants. Some of the flowers found in the Burren include the spring gentian, the Irish orchid and bloody cranesbill. If entomology is more your vibe the Burren hosts a wide range of insects too; the pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly, wood white butterfly, the hoverfly Doros profuges and the water-beetle Ochthebius nilssoni which is known from just five sites in the world. The Burren is also one of the main breeding areas in Ireland of the European pine marten. If that's all getting far too nerdy for you, the Burren is simply a beautiful and peaceful place to visit (and photograph). 



  1. Looks like an amazing place...does exactly what it says on the tin, too with the name. Very peaceful x

  2. I love going for walks in places like this, loved your photos from there.

    Amy - Four Cats Plus Us <3

  3. What a strange and beautiful place! Amazing that all those beautiful flowers not only survive there, but thrive. x

  4. Nice photography. The scenery is amazing and you look pretty.

  5. Ah as a Geography teacher, I'm loving the photos, love the Burren it's so spectacular... Xx Siobhan


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