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The Burren

Burren, County Clare, Ireland, Ireland
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Ranked #11 of 90 Attractions in County Clare
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Geologic Formations
Activities: Driving, Walking
Owner description: Bare limestone plateau characterized by carboniferous limestone abounding in corals, mollusks and other fossils that lived in the shallow seas over... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

If I was single or my husband and I have no kids yet, we'll definitely go and explore The Burren. After Cliffs of Moher, I planned to visit the National Burren Park for the kids to enjoy. Totally have no idea what I was in for since the site only showed lovely flowers, birds and amazing rocks and stones. We... More

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utrecht
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I have never seen landscape like this. From our hotel in galway we could already see the white hills across the bay but driving though it is really somtehing special. Unortunately we could not get out of the bus as much as I wanted to but still....

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Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We would have missed it if not for the picture that titles this page. You can just stand there and seem to soak in the history, from the formation of the earth to mans early attempts at building, religion, it is a must to read the information found at the site, I took pictures of them so I won't forget.... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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27 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

If you like Ireland, the Burren is a very interesting place to see. Burren means "rugged" or "rough" and it certainly is that. Most of Ireland is green from the rains, but the Burren is the rough, craggy, rocky area in the west of Ireland where not much grows. OR so you would think. The rocks are beautiful in their... More

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Roscommon, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We loved this such a surprise to think there was anything like this in Ireland. We spent 2 days exploring this attraction. A visit to a ring fort is a must, just to see how they where built. A wonderful place to drive around with something new over every hill.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Leave it to the Irish to make this barren area a tourist attraction! We drove through it on our way from the cliffs of Moher to Lahinch. We found no reason to stop, other than to take a photo or two of the rocky terrain.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We drove through this area on a cold, cloudy morning. The sun had not burned off the fog quite yet, so our views were mystical. Beautiful place.

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Yangshuo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We started at the burren centre where they were extremely helpful and recommended a driving route across the burren to ballyvaughn then over to fenore and back down to lisdoonvarna. We got to experience break taking views if the Atlantic Ocean and the isles of Aran. We also stopped over to see the famous limestone pavements which made good photo... More

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Though similar to barren—which certainly depicts The Burren—the Irish word “boireann” means “great rock.” The Burren is karst topography made up of soluble rocks such as limestone and gypsum. It is characterized by underground drainage with sinkholes, and glaciers during the last ice age scraped the surface clear of soil. Thus there are few trees to produce leaves which decay... More

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Cork, Ireland
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Only drove through this stunning area enroute to Galway but were blown away by the contrast to the rest of Ireland. Even though it looks barren and rocky, it is also home to amazing plants and flowers. Around every loop of the roads there is another feast for the eyes, but make sure to watch out for oncoming tourbuses if... More

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