The Burren has a diversity and abundance of plant species like no other place. When it comes to ecological wealth and diversity, the Burren has few parallels elsewhere in Ireland. Here are some ideas…
The Burren Nature Sanctuary
Capture the essence of the Burren at The Burren Nature Sanctuary, wandering through this rock strewn lunar landscape. Visit Botany Bubble – national botanical collection of Burren flora. Identify seasonal wild flowers, butterflies and orchids, explore an organic meadow and a disappearing lake. Creative seasonal café menu. Call +353 (0)91 637 444. Email [email protected]. Location: Cloonasee, Kinvara, Co. Galway. Open: 10-6pm daily.
The Burren Perfumery
The Burren Perfumery make natural and organic cosmetics by hand in the middle of the Burren. Browse the shop, see how the products are made, relax in the tea rooms and explore the herb garden. Call +353 (0)65 708 9102. Email [email protected]. Location: Fahee North, Carron, Co. Clare. Open: Daily (tea room open April-September).
Wild food at Wild Kitchen is seasonal, local, nutritious and free. Join local guide Oonagh on a journey of discovery as she shares her knowledge and passion for good food. Discover many edible types of seaweed, wild herbs, roots, flowers, fruits and nuts. Call +353 (0)87 687 7890. Email [email protected]. Open: March-October.
1. The roads in the Burren are small. It can take some getting used to. Please only pull into designated viewing points. Do not park in front of gates or houses. There are plenty of farmers in the area who need access to their lands.
2. Make sure you have a full tank of petrol/gas. Towns and villages are scarce.
3. If you decide to go hiking please inform someone of your route and estimated return time. Bring a fully charged phone, warm clothes and plenty of water.
4. Please do not litter, damage or remove items from the Burren. It is a protected area and its ecology is quite delicate. For more information on how to leave no foot print please visit www.burren.ie.