The Burren

The Burren is dominated by the rocks as the name indicates already. It comes from the Irish "boiremann" and means "great rock". Large sections are mainly rocks with very little green in between. Walking through the Burren we pass by many stone walls. Some are of more recent dates but some are pretty old. They say that the people who lived here many hundred or thousand years ago built them to protect the earth from eroding but this is only one theory.

 

We also spot a few monuments built out of stone including ring forts (only stones laid out as a ring are visible), the very famous Poulnabrone Dolmen and some other dolmens as well Leamaneh Castle.

Poulnabrone Dolmen is dated from around 2500 BC. It’s not entirely clear what the original purpose was. However, they discovered around 20 adults and some children buried underneath as part of some excavations.

 

For us it is a nice day with some good weather walking for several hours across this unique landscape. Apart from the more touristy places we have not met anybody on our walk.

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