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The Burren

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Address: The Burren House Farm County Clare, Ireland, Ireland
Phone Number: 0657088030
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Bare limestone plateau characterized by carboniferous limestone abounding...

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.

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Unique geology and flora

The whole area is limestone which was scraped bare by the glaciers. The vegetation is sparse (unlike the north where bog has grown in to cover the limestone. Bog will not form in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The whole area is limestone which was scraped bare by the glaciers. The vegetation is sparse (unlike the north where bog has grown in to cover the limestone. Bog will not form in the future because the limestone has been eroded and there are now numerous caves, sinks and underground rivers. Take your time (you will have to anyway on... More 

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Lees Summit, Mo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This area is as desolate of a place as you will see anywhere on earth. It is a great place for an hour or so to walk.

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The burren is brilliant to look at, but even better to explore. Tread carefully, making sure to keep yourself from falling and to avoid killing the plants that are growing in the tiniest of crevices. If you can hire a local guide, you'll have an even greater appreciation for the extensive plant life that abounds.

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an area rather than a single location, which I say because I did not understand that myself when we were first told that we should come see it. We happened to drive it on a sunny day and the different areas were great to wander through on back roads. The perfumery is buried out in the middle of... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great ride in an ancient world, surrounded by castles and abandoned cottages. Well worth the trip.

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Hoffman Estates, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A worldwide unique geological and botanical location. One of a kind. Rugged and windswept like to other location in Ireland, yet still very beautiful. You will not find a location like it anywhere else in the world.

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Malmo, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

It was pouring down when we reached the Burren, but it kind of added to the trip. The land is harsh and barren; the fog, the rain, and the wind made for some eery photos. Dress warm and don't cancel just because of the bad weather.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016

Written from a driving point of view and not based on experiences of The Burren Visitor Centre or any other attractions in the area. This is a fantastic coastal drive best commenced from the village of Doolin on the Wild Atlantic way and driven North. What you will see here is the karst landscape that is the main feature of... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016

With all that exposed bedrock, and so much land fit only for grazing, it’s no wonder they dubbed this picturesque landscape the barrens. It’s quite interesting to visit the district, especially if you know some details of its geology and history. If you aren’t taking a guided tour, take some time to read up on The Burren beforehand.

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Carlisle, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2016

You could drive through the Burren without every really appreciating it. You can stop off in several places and look around for yourself, but a guide and naturalist will enhance your understanding of the importance and history of this area. Much of western Ireland (indeed, all of Ireland) has a foundation of rock. The Burren is an area that just... More 

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