What you'll do
Our walk will take in most of the various natural habitats of the Burren, including limestone karst, hazel scrubland and calcareous grasslands. We will identify the unique and rare flowers, according to season. I will also give an outline of the 5,000 years of human habitation in the area, pointing out the marks left by the countless generations. We will visit a holy site (pagan & Christian) and I will explain how the unique landscape was formed, and how humans have shaped it over the past 5,000 years. I will also explain the unique farming methods over the past 500 years that have shape the landscape and it's flora that we see today. While sightings of the local fauna (wildlife) can be rare, I will identify them and illustrate their activity in the area also.
I live in the Burren for the last 4 years and I lecture in Tourism in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. I have been leading walks for over 10 years, three of these in the Burren in Counties Galway and Clare. I have a particular interest in the social history of our region, which stretches back more that 5,000 years, and the marks that these settlements have left on the landscape. I am also interested in the unique flora of the Burren and the geology that make this area so unique.
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Where you'll be
We will visit the Burren National Park and I will take you on a route that encompasses most of the different natural habitats to be found.We will visit aholy well that was sacred to the Celts long before Christianity arrived in Ireland
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 10 guests ages 9 and up can attend.
Our walk is approx 4 km long and a reasonable level of fitness is required. While hiking boots are ideal, a good pair of walking shoes will suffice.
Walk in the Burren with a local expert