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The Burren - wild flowers and ancient sites

This delightful area of western Ireland is famous for its wild flowers, limestone landscape and fascinating history.
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Local transport as specified in itinerary. Seven nights accommodation, half board.

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Travel to Lisdoonvarna. Lunches. Refreshments. Gratuities. Travel insurance. Covid tests and associated costs.

Group size

Minimum 5, maximum 14.

This delightful area of western Ireland is famous for its wild flowers, limestone landscape and fascinating history.

The Burren is known for its unusual collection of plants, ranging from those of the western lowlands of the British Isles to arctic, alpine and mediterranean species. In amongst the limestone pavement grows a fascinating flora including colourful flowers, ferns, miniature trees, and several orchids including Dense-flowered Orchid, Narrow-leaved Marsh Orchid and the snowy-white O’Kelly’s Orchid. The limestone ’pavement’ reaches the sea forming an attractive coastline and, to the north, lie the wildlife-rich shores of Galway Bay.

We will visit the eastern turlough lakes, plant-rich marshes, remote slopes clothed in hazel woodlands, the unique landscape of Mullach Mor mountain and the infamous shores of Galway Bay. Nearby are the stunning Cliffs of Moher, the second tallest sea cliffs in Europe and home to Puffin, Razorbill, Guillemot and Black Guillemot. As well as botanical treasures, there are often good numbers of butterflies and dragonflies to be seen. The Burren also boasts an historical heritage dating from the Neolithic and we will visit historic sites, such as Poulnabrone Dolmen Tomb and Corcomroe Abbey.

On the free day, you can take a day’s boat trip to visit the Aran Isles w here Gaelic is still spoken by the inhabitants. On the return, the boat trip can be extended to see the nesting seabirds at the Cliffs of Moher.

The holiday starts and finishes at our hotel in Lisdoonvarna: you can choose to travel by train and ferry from the UK, or fly from your local airport. We can advise on travel and arrange local transfers and flights as needed.

Please note that holidays change, although sometimes only slightly, from year to year and previous trip reports may not reflect the planned itinerary, or other holiday details, for the current trip. Please ask us if you would like to know of any significant differences.

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