Tuesday, 9th November 2010 by Ian Brown
The Burren is a distinctive limestone landscape and national park in County Clare on Ireland’s Atlantic coast.
Technically one of Europe’s largest karst landscapes – rock features formed by the action of water – the region is dominated by elevated limestone pavements and domes and stark rocky plateaus.
There are numerous historic locations in the Burren, most notably Poulnabrone Dolmen – a 2m high neolithic portal tomb which dates to somewhere between 3000 and 4000 BC. It is some distance from the road but we do get a distant look on Street View.
When I was there some years ago the tomb was surrounded by a herd of cows and getting close involved ignoring dire warning signs that you were trespassing. Thankfully it now appears to be officially open to the public, with a car park and a path with interpretive signs.
There are many lovely villages2 scattered in and around the Burren, including Kilfenora, which has a Burren visitor’s centre and a 12th century Cathedral featuring a number of high crosses in a newly-roofed area.