• LOCATION 43 | A Guide to Galway by Bike: Hidden Gems, Haunting Stories and Stunning Vistas

    The Burren

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    The landscape on the other side of Galway bay to your left is known as the Burren and is in Co. Clare. The unique landscape was awarded UNESCO Global Geo Park status in 2011 and consists of 56,000, of which 30,000ha is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) under the European Habitats Directive. This lunar type landscape consists of calcareous rock slopes and limestone pavement which are the accumulation of dead sea creatures that died on the floor of a tropical ocean some 260,000 years ago. What is fascinating about the Burren is the abundance of both Alpine and Mediterranean plant species left isolated here after the last ice age 10, 000 years ago. While the landscape is stark, there are rich pockets of species-rich grassland. The porous limestone allows for cattle to graze in the winter months, a unique practice called winterage.

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A Guide to Galway by Bike: Hidden Gems, Haunting Stories and Stunning Vistas