The Burren, Co. Clare, Ireland
The Burren is an area of outstanding natural beauty on the West coast of Ireland. It is dominated by an extraordinary karst landscape and covers an area of about 250 square kilometres. The gentle, rolling hills are composed of limestone pavements, which are made up of criss-cross cracks known as “grikes”, leaving the isolated rocks which are called “clints”.
The region supports arctic, Mediterranean and alpine plants alongside each other due to the most unusual environment, and about three quarters of Ireland’s flower species are found in The Burren.