As a guest at our Inn, you are well placed to enjoy all that The Burren has to offer. Whether it’s walking the limestone pavement, cycling along the flaggy shore or following a cultural, musical or Burren Food trail through the area – it’s all right on our doorstep.
The smallest of six National Parks in Ireland, the Burren National Park is around 250 square kilometres. It is enclosed by the rough circle made by the quaint and picturesque villages of Ballyvaughan, Kinvara, Tubber, Corofin, Kilfenora and Lisdoonvarna.
The name ‘Burren’ comes from the Irish word Boíreann, meaning ‘a rocky place’). This describes the Karst landscape which is underlain by limestone slabs and which would have covered the whole of Ireland some 360 million years ago. It comprises miles upon miles of swirling, gently folding rock, tiers, hollows and pavements – which, in some places, is more than 700m thick. From ash and hazel woodland to grassland, cliffs and fen, the countryside here is rich in flora and is an area of great conservation.
- The Green Road by Anne Enright
Follow the history and mythology of the Burren – an area with more than 90 megalithic tombs, portal dolmens, a Celtic high cross in the village of Kilfenora and a number of ring forts, all in the area.