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Address: Corkscrew Hill, Ballyvaughan, Ireland
Phone Number: +353-65-7077168

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Shane Connolly a great Burren guide

He told us all about the botany, geology, history - and with great dry humour. The uphill walk is not for the faint-hearted though!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 13, 2015
Nallygal
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Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

He told us all about the botany, geology, history - and with great dry humour. The uphill walk is not for the faint-hearted though!

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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Shane is quite a guy! His humor, knowledge of history, animals and plants was great. We went up Blackhead with him and enjoyed the walk. The walk could have been a bit more rougher and longer for us, but we loved it and are still talking about it sometimes.

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Dublin, Ireland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This is a review of Shane Connolly's "Burren Walks", a guided walking tour of The Burren with Shane, a local farmer. We enjoyed a delightful mix of history, legend, archaeology, geology and botany, served up with a large dollop of wit and some political incorrectness! I've visted The Burren many times in the past 40 years but learned (and un-learned)... More 

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Portland
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33 reviews 33 reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We had no idea what to expect, but our hotel (Gregan's Castle) recommended it and said "he's a local guy, and you'll love him". Met Shane and two other couples, and drove to the Black Head Loop. He told us we were going to climb to the top, and we all figured he was joking. But, it was incredible. Not... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Could not have been better - met up with Shane and the rest of our group and hiked the Black Head Loop. Shane provided extensive detail on the botany (who knew there were so many wild orchids in Ireland?), geology and history of the Burren in a most entertaining manner. He was an excellent guide and provided a local perspective... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Our walk with Shane was educational and fun. We lucked out and got a sunny day. The area looks like it's a rocky, moon-like landscape but actually full of small wildflowers including tiny orchids in several colors. In addition to the botany, we learned about the geology and history of the area. Great day.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We arrived at the dolmen in the pouring rain. At first this was a downside but ended up being better because there were no crowds. Take the time to read the signs, there is a lot more to the burren than one might think.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

When we met Shane Connolly at the appointed time, I suggested the weather might be too wet and windy to walk on the Burren. "I guess this is your first trip to Ireland," he responded. "Get your rain gear. We're going." Am I glad we did. Our three hours in the rain and wind with Shane turned out to be... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

The Burren is a unique landscape. It is really something you have to see for yourself to really appreciate. We stayed at a nearby B&B and the host (Conor Fahey at Cappabhaile House) was kind enough to outline a daylong agenda for exploring the area. History, geology, botany - this area as it all. My only advice would be to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Shane Connolly is a fantastic guide, drawing from his extensive training in botany, geology, archaeology and history - you'll look around the Burren landscape with a far deeper appreciation. Highly recommended for families (but probably not young children) and small groups. Shane will lead at a reasonable pace and stop frequently to point out things he has noticed. He will... More 

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