The Burren

The Burren

The Burren

Wild Honey Inn is ideally located on the edge of The Burren

– an area of spectacular beauty, a rocky landscape with a history and geology going back millions of years.

The Burren

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 of miles upon miles of swirling, gently folding rock, hollows and pavements – which, in some places, is more than 700m thick. Karst is created where limestone is dissolved by acidic rain, this wears away the rock and forms caves.  There are two well known caves to explore, both open to the public for guided tours, they are Aillwee Cave near Ballyvaughan and Doolin Cave north of Doolin village.  From ash and hazel woodland to grassland, cliffs and fen, the countryside here is rich in flora and is a protected area of conservation.

Writers, Philosophers and Poets

The Burren has long been associated with renowned writers and poets.  Fanore native John O’Donohue, writer and philosopher, has written widely about his beloved landscape.  He died in 2008 and he now rests in eternal peace overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Fanore.

The bard Brian Merriman, born in Ennistymon in 1747 composed a notable piece of historical literature. The Midnight Court (Cúirt an Mheán Oíche, c1780).

Other notable writers to have been inspired by the Burren landscape include, JRR Tolkien who spent time out and about  in the North Clare landscape while he was an extern at the University of Galway.   Poet and Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney captured the wild spirit of the Flaggy Shore in his poem Postscript (1996).

Anne Enright, winner of the 2007 Man Booker Prize for her fourth novel The Gathering, chose Fanore as the setting of her 2015 novel The Green Road

Millions of years, an ancient conversation has continued between the chorus of the ocean and the silence of the stone

- John O'Donohue, Anam Cara, 1996

To See and Do

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.

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