Monday, November 9, 2015

Exploring The Burren

 On Thursday, our last full day in Ireland, the plan was to drive across
the country to stay overnight just north of Dublin before flying home on Friday. 
But, we decided to rearrange the day's plans  because...
1.  The Burren "called" the names of Austin and Glenn to explore. 
2.  I read in a book at the Gregans Castle Hotel one of the "world's top 10
scenic drives is along the coast from Doolin to Ballyvaughan.
We had driven the inland route the day before.
A couple of miles beyond the hotel we turned to the right to circle back
through the Burren.  
Described in Back Roads Ireland as
"The massive plateau covers the whole of northwest Clare.  Its name derives from the Irish
 An Bhoieann, meaning  'The Stony District' for it is covered with huge flagstones... One of Cromwell's surveyors declared it a savage land." 

The Poulnabrone Dolmen, a large portal tomb dating from 
2500 - 2000 BC and is one of several in the area. 
It looks like a stone table.  Two hundred years ago, the locals called it a "druids' altar."

The Burren is surprisingly rich in plant life.
These photos were taken on the walk out the path to the tomb. 


Beth said...

Lovely! I think you made a good decision to change your route. What a lovely trip! :)

Marilyn Miller said...

Oh I just know this was a wonderful place to visit. How beautiful!

Joy said...

Oh, wow! Looking at that Dolmen, I'm amazed at the effort and knowledge it must have taken to build it, so long ago. Just to lift that large flat piece up to the top must have been a monumental task! Not to mention getting those pieces to the sizes and shapes needed, etc. What an amazing place to visit. Love all the little flowers, too.

Angela McRae said...

I love that your were flexible with your plans here! And it was a scenic drive indeed! Amazed by the flowers in the midst of all that, too …


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