A Rocky Place

The word ‘Burren’ comes from an Irish word ‘Boíreann’
meaning a rocky place.

We came to the Burren about a week into our tour of Ireland.  We had seen many fine things by then — Belfast’s streets, Derry’s walls, sacred hilltop sites (from neolithic burial sites to medieval cathedrals) — and oodles of the rolling green hills for which Ireland is justly famous.  All wonderful stuff.  

The Burren — an area dominated by exposed limestone rock — was the first place I could see myself living.

6-photo collage on landscape shots of the Burren




  1. Jim Taylor

    There is something magnificently primeval about the Burren. No, I couldn’t live there, I don’t think, but it clutches me by the heart every time, just the same.
    Jim T

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Judith – It might well be. We didn’t get any geological lectures, but I know that the crust/mantle divide in Gros Morne is also found in Scotland, so there could be a connection. That might have to wait for my next trip. 🙂

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