June 13, 2008
The Burren is a famous karst landscaped area in north-west Clare region in Ireland. The Burren is Boireann or Boirinn meaning Great rock in Irish language. This unique limestone pavement-like landscape was developed in Burren by glaciation, wind and rain over the years. Though it looks like a dried dead land, there are many plants growing inside the deep crevices known as “grykes” as well as animals and birds living in the Burren. A quirk in the local climate makes the hills warmer than the valleys in winter months, when you see cattle graze on high ground.
The Burren is an easy reach from Western cities such as Galway and Limerick by car. Many tour buses go through the Burren on the way to Cliffs of Moher, the Poulnabrone Dolmen and the Aillwee Cave. If you chose to drive yourself, be careful driving through very narrow (goes both ways) roads. The speed limit in many areas is 100km/hour, but you’ll be slowed down by a group of cattle and tractors operated by locals.