The Burren Way – A Hiking Spotlight

October 27, 2017 by
Alex hiking in Connemara
POSTED BY October 27, 2017

The Burren Way is a 123km trail through the famous karst region in County Clare. Ancient tombs and structures, fantastic coastal scenery and unique flora and fauna are all found along this beautiful trail. The word ‘Burren’ comes from ‘Boireann’, an Irish word meaning ‘rocky place’.


Why not witness the majesty of the Cliffs of Moher yourself?

Take a Burren Way hiking trip!


Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are visited by more than one million people every year, making them one of the most visited attractions in Ireland.

At their highest, they rise for 214m above the Atlantic Ocean. On a clear day, the Aran Islands, the Twelve Bens mountain range in Galway, the Blasket Islands in Kerry as well as Mount Brandon in Dingle can all be seen.

The Cliffs are home to almost 40,000 pairs of breeding birds, including puffins, razorbills and kittiwakes.

While the cliffs are host to over one million visitors each year, they stretch for 8km meaning you are sure to find a quiet spot to enjoy the view.

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Ailwee Cave

Amongst all of the caves in the Burren, Ailwee is the oldest. It has been dated to be more than 350,000 years old.

The caves were once home to brown bears as many bones have been found here.

The bears became extinct in Ireland due to over-hunting so their bones are the only trace you’ll find of them in Ireland.

A fast-moving river has subsided and left almost 1km of passages underground, showcasing some interesting geological features such as stalactites and stalagmites.

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Caherconnell Stone Fort

Caherconnell Stone Fort was built 1,500 years ago and is one of the best-preserved stone forts in the Burren.

The structure is surrounded by a 3-metre high wall and is 45 metres in diameter.

Experience the fascinating sheepdog demonstrations and witness the connection between farmer and dog.

Excavations are ongoing at this site during June, July and August and new evidence about what life was like back then is continually found.

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Poulnabrone Dolmen

Poulnabrone Dolmen gives a fantastic insight into the history of the Burren. 22 people were found to be buried here, spanning over six centuries.

The bones of the people buried here show that manual labour was the way of life. Conflict is also evident as the head of an arrow was found embedded in a hip bone.

Evidence shows that cattle, sheep and goats were farmed here, and even ceral was grown in this karst landscape.

The dolmen has two large stands which stand upright marking either side of the entrance. Atop this, another large rock is laid across them.

It is Ireland’s oldest megalithic monument.

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Why not witness the majesty of the Cliffs of Moher yourself?

Take a Burren Way hiking trip!


 

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