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

 

 

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6 Responses to A Rocky Place

  1. Jim Taylor says:

    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

  2. Tom Watson says:

    Isabel
    On the one hand barren….on the other hand beautiful.
    Tom

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Tom – Yes, quite strikingly beautiful, at least on a blue-sky day. Not sure it would be so appealing in overcast or rainy conditions . . .

  3. Judith Umbach says:

    Thanks for this glimpse of the rocky Ireland. It does have some resemblance to Labrador, but I am not sure that is geologically true.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      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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