The Burren, 2009

The Burren is karst-landscape area in County Clare. The route from Galway to Cliffs of Moher goes through Ballyvaghan and touches the Burren, so it must be a popular tourist attraction. Though like everywhere in Ireland even in the most touristic places there are not many people at all, you won’t see crowds of tourists climbing the karst hills of the Burren or queues to enter the Aillwee cave. I think it’s just great)

We had a walking tour in the Burren and climbed one of the karst hills – the view is amazing from up there, and I will definitely want to go there again. One thing to remember – to wear some old boots, or the rocks will kill any other.

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  • Charles Smith

    What’s the deal with all those rocks? Are they part of something or just like washed in from somewhere or something?

    • Blackie Warner

      “Karst is a unique landscape formed by the underground erosion of rocks such as limestone and marble that dissolve in water. Rainwater, made acidic by carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and soil, slowly infiltrates cracks in limestone and marble, dissolving the rock and enlarging the openings. If these openings become large enough for humans to enter, they are termed caves. Caves, however, form only a tiny part of most karst areas. Karst openings support unique ecosystems that include plants, bacteria, crickets, spiders, fish, and small mammals adapted to this dark but little changing environment.”

      • Charles Smith

        Ah, I thought it might be like in Sweden where there are huge rocks all over the landscape, left over from the last ice age. You can be walking in someone’s garden and find the top of a rock about the size of a pumpkin. This is only about 1% of the total rock though – the rest is nestling beneath the ground :D