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.