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Rocky pasture of Burren National Park

Whenever we hear about β€œNational park”, images of thick jungle and invigorating greenery comes to our mind which are usually filled with wild animals. But this was not the case when we visited Burren National Park in Ireland. We had spent an exhilarating time hiking and taking in all the beauty at the Cliffs of Moher and from there our next destination was Galway. We made a small stop at Burren National Park for about 15-20 mins.

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Burren national park is one of the smallest national parks in Ireland among the six other and is situated in the County Clare, western Ireland. And what’s so special about this National Park is its karst landscape which extends miles and miles (approximately 1500 hectares in size) and we were told that it is the finest Glacio-Karst landscape in the world. Although we didn’t know what to expect here, our guide had given us a brief introduction to its landscape and history before we arrived.

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Burren National Park

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Burren National Park

We also learned from our guide that Burren, which is called as Boireann in Irish, means a rocky place. As we got off from our bus, we could only see bare grey rocks all around us with patches of green peeking out of the cracks of these rocks. The entire region made us feel that we had stepped into another planet as it looked barren and abandoned. Getting off the bus we started walking towards the shores of The Atlantic ocean where these rocky landscapes seemed like it merged with the ocean. The entire region of Burren is composed of limestone pavements, calcareous grassland, hazel scrub, deciduous woodland, springs, cliffs and fen. Its quite interesting to know that this rugged landscape supports Arctic, Mediterranean and Alpine flowers which all grow together here, few are rare Irish species.

Burren National Park

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Burren has been famous not just for its karst landscape but also rich archaeological heritage. Artifacts have been discovered which are predicted to be from Neolithic 4000 BC when the landscape looked entirely different from what we get to see now. Stone walls, tombs, trances of beaker pottery were found from the early bronze age and ruins of Christian churches from the Medieval times.

Burren National Park

It has been found out from the evidence gathered that Burren might have a once been a fertile land with forests and due to human activities of deforestation, farming and gracing by the early settlers in this region, resulted in an excessive soil erosion which eventually over the years formed the karst landscape.

Burren National Park

With the intention of natural conservation of this vulnerable landscape, the entire land has been purchased by the Irish Government and it has been declared as Special Area of Conservation. Also, along with the Cliffs of Moher, they are part of the Global Geoparks Network since September 2015.

Burren National Park

Burren National Park

With a heavy heart and despair on seeing the results of human activities on our mother earth has caused, we left Burren and hoped we would come back here someday and hike along to see more of this national park.

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44 thoughts on “Rocky pasture of Burren National Park

  1. It’s hard to imagine this place as a rich and fertile forest. Kind of like Easter Island where human population ran a muck on a fragile landscape and left detestation in it’s path. Great pictures of a unique location.

    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚ That’s true Jenn and Ed! Hope we humans come up with reversible ideas to create what was here in the past once again!

  2. Amazing landscape and completely unexpected in Ireland. Looks like something form the moon or another planet. It’s really different to see. other locations love to see in Ireland like Dingle peninsula, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Mohr, Galway, Connemara.

    1. We managed to visit only Cliff of Moher, Gallway along with Burren! Hope to visit the rest in our next visit…

  3. What a mesmerising area to explore. It’s great to see that the Irish government is taking steps to protect this area. I can only imagine how it would have looked when it was an old growth forest!

  4. It’s sad to know that our species has caused so much of destruction around the world that it has converted once a blooming forest into a barren rocky region. The rock formations are amazing though and you have captured them beautifully.

  5. There must be so much unknown history to Burren National Park with it dating back to 4000 BC. On a beautiful day it must be a worthwhile visit, photographing the unique rocks against the green background. You photographed Burren very well too!

  6. We’re actually heading to Ireland at the end of the year for a little road trip so I’m def gonna keep this park in mind. We love nature so this sounds perfect for us! Plus your pictures are gorgeous

  7. I’ve been seeing so much about Ireland lately I feel like… Maybe it’s a sign that I need to go?! Your pics are beautiful. Was it painful to walk on all of those rocks? I guess you probably had the right shoes for it. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you Christie! Yes, we had to be careful and mind our steps as these were bit dangerous since they had sharp edges.. πŸ™‚

  8. Looks like a nice trek. Love the landscape and with the sound of crashing waves would make it a relaxing walk. The photos capture a rugged coastline but interesting to explore.

  9. Looks like a lovely place to hike. The tiny pink flowers are such a contrast to the rocky terrain. Is the hike easy enough for beginners? It is sad to see that human activities have caused so much harm. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I love visiting rocky places. The flowers thriving in the rocky landscape is interesting.
    Nice pics, guys.

    Even in the US, National Parks don’t necessarily have wildlife. It’s a ‘protected area’ and there could be anything from redwoods to rocky structures. πŸ™‚

    1. Exploring national parks in US is like a dream for us, hopefully someday soon we plan a trip to US! Thank you D πŸ™‚

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