Rocky pasture of Burren National Park

When we hear of a “national 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 Gallway. We made a small stop at Burren National Park for about 15-20 mins.

Burren national park is one of the smallest national park in Ireland among the six other and is situated in the County Clare, western Ireland. And what so special about this is 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 dint know what to expect here, our guide had given us a brief introduction on its landscape and history before we arrived.

We also learnt 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 of the bus we started walking towards the shores of The Atlantic ocean where these rocky landscape 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 has been famous not just for its karst landscape but also rich archaeological heritage. Artifacts has been discovered which are predicated 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 Mediveal times.

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.

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 201

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

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44 Comments

  1. April 5, 2017    

    Beautiful captures, looks like a nice place to visit.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 10, 2017    

      Thank you Team G! 🙂

  2. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder Maniparna Sengupta Majumder
    April 7, 2017    

    Such a beautiful place! Gorgeous clicks… 🙂

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 10, 2017    

      Thank you Maniparna! 🙂

  3. April 7, 2017    

    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.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 10, 2017    

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

  4. Yogi Saraswat Yogi Saraswat
    April 7, 2017    

    Very informative and equally supported with pictures !!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 10, 2017    

      Thank you so much Yogi! 🙂

  5. April 7, 2017    

    Beautiful place and excellent photography.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 10, 2017    

      Yes, Burren is beautiful in its own way..:)

  6. April 7, 2017    

    Nice to read, Amazing place. Beautiful pics.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 10, 2017    

      Thanks Rupam 🙂

  7. April 7, 2017    

    Flowers coming out of rocks looking interesting.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 10, 2017    

      Yeah, that too spices from different regions of the world!

  8. April 7, 2017    

    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.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 10, 2017    

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

  9. Jean Jean
    April 8, 2017    

    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!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 10, 2017    

      Yeah! It would have been just the same as rest of Ireland, lush green and serene..:)

  10. April 8, 2017    

    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.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 10, 2017    

      Thank you so much 🙂

  11. April 8, 2017    

    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!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 10, 2017    

      Thank you! 🙂

  12. April 8, 2017    

    You have packed a lot of beauty in those 15-20 minutes of the stop! I

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 10, 2017    

      Thank you Mridula! We tried to do our best in this 15 mins 😉

  13. April 9, 2017    

    This looks absolutely stunning. Great photography! There’s nothing I love more than being close to nature. Some of your images remind me of where my dad lives in NZ!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 10, 2017    

      Thank you! 🙂 Oh really, that so great! So, which part of NZ resembles Burren! 🙂

  14. April 9, 2017    

    I am planning to visit Ireland this year so this comes just in time. Burren National Park with it’s history of 4000 BC looks too good to miss. Would love to explore it.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 10, 2017    

      Try not to miss out on this location. Enjoy your time in Ireland:)

  15. April 9, 2017    

    No large animals or thick lush forests, but the national park is certainly a place to visit and enjoy! Loved your pictures…

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 10, 2017    

      Thank you Siddartha 🙂

  16. April 9, 2017    

    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

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 10, 2017    

      Thanks Claire! We hope you have jolly time in Ireland 🙂

  17. April 9, 2017    

    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!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 10, 2017    

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

  18. Tony (tonyandkimoutdooradventures) Tony (tonyandkimoutdooradventures)
    April 11, 2017    

    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.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 17, 2017    

      Thank you Tony! Yeah, its quite and peaceful for a trek or for a walk..:)

  19. April 11, 2017    

    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.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 17, 2017    

      We learnt from our guide that treks here are of moderate level…:)

  20. April 11, 2017    

    Beautiful and colourful wild flowers in rocky national park.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 17, 2017    

      That’s true Rajesh! 🙂

  21. April 13, 2017    

    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. 🙂

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 17, 2017    

      Exploring national parks in US is like a dream for us, hopefully someday soon we plan a trip to US! Thank you D 🙂

  22. April 14, 2017    

    The scenery is just perfect! It is great that this is part of conservation initiative in Ireland. I like that it is so huge and not crowded with tourists so anyone can enjoy and take a lot of photos.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      April 17, 2017    

      That’s true.. We had a great time here, though it was short 🙂

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