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The Burren

Burren, County Clare, Ireland, Ireland
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Ranked #7 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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Yangshuo
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I really liked how barren everything looked given such a wet and sub-tropical climate. It was a great contrast to the rest of the country's very green landscape. The roads are narrow as with the roads everywhere in Ireland... watch out for those busses and industrial trucks.

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Larne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Unusual scenery with hardly a blade of grass between the rocky areas! Thoughts of Father Ted are never too far from your mind {Phillistine that I am} but you can't help being impressed by the whole thing.

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Padua, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The Experience at The Burren can be really appreciated by people loving nature, solitude, the fascination of the wind blowing over a desolate surface of rocks, the contrasts between the grey of the rocks on the top of the hills and the green on the bottom. If you have time and good physic rent a bike and wonder around. In... More

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Wales
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

That was the impression we had as we approached this area. It was the stark nature of the hills as we approached that was impressive. You need to follow the coastal route to see the limestone pavement in greater detail. It is well wor the visiting this area as well as enjoying the towns and villages on the way.

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Milton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

While composed of mostly rock the terrain is rough and lacks color. Never the less, it is beautiful. Be sure to stop at Poulnabrone as it is a great photo opportunity with great history.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

If you have a few hours to spare and want to wander in the wonders of Irelands history then this is the place for you! No tacky gift shops selling bits of rubbish either so thats a plus point :) There is a lunar like landscape and wildlife that you wouldn't expect.You need to get your little reference books out... More

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Westmeath, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Just has to be seen, just miles and miles of amazing scenery. Something to make you proud of our gorgeous little country. Definitely better on a clear, sunny day.

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