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Here’s Why You Should Visit Burren National Park

20 Jun 2018 by annabel

When people think of road tripping in Ireland, they often think of the Causeway Coast and the famous Giant’s Causeway. Ireland’s uniquely rugged coastline is without a doubt its biggest draw, but this country is home to so many hidden gems and it’s always worth exploring further inland if you’ve got a car on rental.

There are lots of magnificent castles dotted about where you can enjoy spending a night or two as you explore this amazing area. Burren National Park is a lesser-known destination which adds to its charm, and the scenic Burren Loop promises the best of both worlds with views of the ocean and beautiful lakes.  Still not convinced? Here are the reasons why you need to add Burren to your bucket list for your next Irish vacation!

The park is a UNESCO site

Burren National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features some of the most interesting landscapes in the whole of Ireland. The entire UNESCO area comprises of the Wild Atlantic Way and the Cliffs of Moher Geopark, where you will find the longest cave system in the country, as well as the biggest stalactite in the continent.

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The landscape is utterly unique

Ireland, the Emerald Isle, is well-known for its lush landscapes which are as verdant as they come. But Burren National Park is famed for its interesting shades of grey, rather than green. Making it one of the most unique places in the country – and many who come here feel as though they’ve been transported to another planet. The otherworldly terrain makes hiking here a truly one of a kind experience. So invest in some tough walking boots, park your car, and prepare to take on the vast plains of limestone. Bring a camera too – you won’t want to miss these picture-perfect moments.

You’re so close to the Cliffs of Moher

The Giant’s Causeway may be Ireland’s most popular attraction, but there are fewer sights more breathtaking or beautiful than the Cliffs of Moher, especially at sunset. The dramatic cliff edge is like nothing you’ve seen before, and its southwestern positioning means you’ll be able to watch as the sunset in the sky each evening. The cliffs are less than 40 minutes from the park itself, and is also along the way on the 100 mile Burren Loop – a superb route for romantic road trippers or photography enthusiasts! Here are some other Irish landmarks you might be interested in visiting.

There’s more to life than just walking

Those who have experienced it will agree that Burren is a walker’s paradise, and one of the most unique places to trek. But that’s not all there is to do around the national park area. The small village of Liscannor is just a few miles from the park and is notorious for its lively pub scene. According to statistics, there are more pubs per person than anywhere else in Ireland. So if you enjoy a Guinness or two, this is the place to come and let your hair down.

The food is amazing too

You’ve got to hand it to the Irish when it comes to food and drink. They sure know how to cook up a warm, hearty meal. County Clare is well known as a bit of a foodie heaven, and there are so many local artisan foods that you will want to try whilst you’re here. From homemade ice cream and artisan chocolate treats to traditional homemade stews, you certainly won’t go hungry on vacation. Be sure to hop on the Burren Food Trail to uncover some of the region’s best places to eat.

If you like the thought of visiting Burren National Park, then do get in touch today and we can help you plan your perfect trip. If you are wondering what else you can get up to in Ireland, then have a look at our list of luxurious ideas here.

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