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Burren Hills Walk

Corkscrew Hill, Ballyvaughan, Ireland
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Type: Historic Walking Areas, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Tours
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San Francisco, CA
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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Raleigh, North Carolina
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Brooklyn, New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
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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new york
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Our 3 hr hike with Shane was spectacular!!! We were exceedingly fortunate to be only ones with him that day and weather was amazingly clear skies, highest visibility and sunshine, though cool. His humor, knowledge of Burren flora, fauna, history, geography, geology were better than any museum guide at ANY top museum in the world!!! THE highlight of our trip:... More

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Dublin, Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

If you do nothing else while in North Clare you must not miss this! We were staying in the magnificent Gregans Castle in Ballyvaughan (highly recommend this) and Simon and his team recommended Shane to us when we asked about a tour of the Burren. Well it was a feast for the senses in every respect. Shane is so knowledgable... More

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Darwin, Australia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
40 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Stunned to come around the courner and have the Burren landscape in front of us. Great look outs and the walks were also good. This is particulary good if you have read the information on the area and the underground water at the Cliff of Mohar. Make some time to spend there and dont forget the jacket and gloves. Can... More

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Dublin, Ireland
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Shane is a hugely knowledgeable guide who also farms locally so there is no limit to his knowledge. This combined with his unique sense of humour will make a long hike in the breathtaking landscape that is the Burren, an immensely enjoyable experience. I couldn't believe I had been walking for over 4 hours! The best value for money.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

Ever wonder what the weather will be like in Ireland, wait 15 min and it will change! Shane took our group of 10 on a nice 3 hour walk and we had sunshine, rain, wind, clouds, and sunshine agian. All the time Shane was stopping to show us the variety a plants and tell us about the variety of animal... More

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