About The Burren

Bloody-CranesbillLisdoonvarna is situated at the edge of the Burren region. This unique and diverse Burren region covers approximately 270 square km of north Clare. The name Boireann means “rocky or barren place”. The Burren is described as a limestone karst landscape and you can find many of the typical limestone features such as caves, underground rivers, swallow holes, temporary lakes known as turloughs, clints, grykes and limestone pavements.

The Burren is home to many types of unusual flora and fauna, many rare and very different species of flower grow alongside each other. It is not uncommon to find Alpine, Arctic, Mediterranean and native Irish flowers growing together. Wild goats, badgers, stoats and pine martens are some of the fauna to be found in the Burren.

Books on the Burren region

(Available to buy or look at in the hotel)

  • The Burren by Maryangela Keane, designed and produced by Jarrold Publishing, Norwich
  • The Book of the Burren published by Tír Eolas, Kinvara, Co. Galway
  • The Outlandish World of the Burren by Cyril Ó Céirín, published by Rathbane Publishing, Atlantic View House, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare
  • A place called Doolin by John Doorty, published by Rathbane Publishing, Atlantic View House, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare

Maps of the Burren region

Available to buy or look at in the hotel

  • The Burren: A two inch map of the uplands of north – west Clare by Tim Robinson, published by Folding Landscapes, Roundstone, Co. Galway
  • The Burren: Three comprehensive guides and maps to the history and archaeology of the Burren/A ramblers guide & map (Ballyvaughan, O’Brien country & Kilfenora). Published by Tír Eolas, Kinvara, Co. Galway
  • Discovery Series Map No. 51, Ordnance Survey Ireland, (covering parts of counties Clare and Galway). Published by Ordnance Survey Ireland, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

Click here to see a good list on this website of things to and see in the area

Guided Tours of the Burren

Shane Connolly

Corkscrew Hill, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare
T: +353 (0)65 707 7168
E: burrenhillwalks@eircom.net

Tony Kirby

Heart of Burren Walks, Carran, Co Clare
T: +353 (0)87 292 5487
E: info@heartofburrenwalks.com
W: www.heartofburrenwalks.com

Mary Howard

Burren Guided Walks, Fanore, Co Clare
T: +353 (0)65 707 6100
M: +353 (0)87 244 6807
E: mary@burrenguidedwalks.com
W: www.burrenguidedwalks.com

An excellent site to visit before you come to Lisdoonvarna is www.burrenbeo.com

You might also look at www.burrenconnect.ie

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