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The Burren

Tour Code: IRL02

A 5-day botanical tour looking at the unique flora of the Burren in Ireland.

5 days from £695(flights not included) Land Only Price: £0 SRS: £150

The Burren is an area of limestone pavement in County Clare, forming a natural rock garden extending over 200 square kilometres. The rock crevices, locally called scailps, support a huge range of plants. On this wild flower holiday you will discover the Large Butterwort and Burren Orchid, otherwise only to be found in Spain, and the rare Burren Saxifrage, Saxifraga rosacea. Growing in profusion are Bloody Cranesbills, Spring Gentians, Mountain Avens and a wide range of orchids, including O’Kelly’s. We will see Puffins and Kittiwakes on the Cliffs of Moher and climb Black Head to a fine Stone Age ring fort. Our wonderful hotel in Lisdoonvarna provides excellent Irish food and hospitality and the local Irish smoked salmon is fabulous!

  • The most exciting Wild Flower destination in the British Isles!
  • Enjoy the flora of the Burren's limestone pavement
  • Encounter plants found nowhere else in our islands
  • Spectacular hill and coastal scenery
  • Perfect light for photography
  • Enjoy warm hospitality & delicious cuisine at our Lisdoonvarna hotel
  • Guided by an expert Naturetrek botanist
  • Food

    All included except pub/picnic lunches.


    Included in the price of holiday. We will be staying at a splendid local hotel which is always extremely popular with group members.

    Spring Gentians & Mountain Avens (unknown)

    Spring Gentians & Mountain Avens (unknown)

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    Day 1 Meet at Shannon Airport; transfer to Lisdoonvarna

    Day 2/4 Botanical excursions from our base at Lisdoonvarna

    Day 5 Morning exursion, afternoon transfer to Shannon Airport

    The Burren is an area of limestone pavement in County Clare, forming a natural rock garden extending over 200 square kilometres. Walking over this pavement is a unique experience in itself. The rock crevices, called scailps in Ireland, support a huge range of plants - Spring Gentians, Bloody Cranesbills, Mountain Avens, the white Burnet Rose, Rosa pimpernelifolia and Potentilla fruticosa are amongst the most colourful. The Burren Orchid, Neotinea maculata, mainly seen in Spain; Saxifraga rosacea (now extinct in Britain) and the large Butterwort, Pinguicula grandiflora, from the mountains of south-west Europe, plus many other plant anomalies, grow together in great profusion, making the Burren flora unique. We shall explore the rugged coastline with its views of the Aran Islands and of the Connemara Mountains across Galway Bay. The Moher cliffs are excellent for seabirds, including Puffins and Kittiwakes. We may also climb Black Head to see one of the best examples of a Stone Age ring fort. Our comfortable hotel in Lisdoonvarna is an ideal centre for our exploration and offers excellent Irish food and hospitality. We will have a chance to taste, and maybe take home, some justly famed local smoked salmon.

    O'Kelly's Orchid (Maureen Ponting)The Burren Dolmen (Maureen Ponting)Pyramid Orchid (Maureen Ponting)Photographing Early Marsh Orchid (Maureen Ponting)Early Marsh Orchid, Dactylorhiza incarnata (Maureen Ponting)Wild Thyme (Maureen Ponting)Flowers and turlough, Mullach Mor (Maureen Ponting)Sheedy's Hotel (Maureen Ponting)Pol Salach (Maureen Ponting)Naturetrek group against Newtown Tower (Maureen Ponting)Ferns at Capanwallah (Maureen Ponting)Geranium sanguineum (Maureen Ponting)Cassidy's Bar, Carron (Maureen Ponting)The Burren (Maureen Ponting)Hybrid violets, Viola canina x persicifolia (Maureen Ponting)Mullach Mor (Maureen Ponting)Leamaneh Castle (Maureen Ponting)Garden Tea Rooms, Balyvagan (Maureen Ponting)
    Accommodation was superb; the food provided was excellent, and everything was very well organised and friendly.
    I wanted to see the flowers in the Burren and this holiday was just perfect for that. I particularly enjoyed the different types of location we went to and the contrast between them.
    Bryan Farrell of Burren Coaches added enormously to the enjoyment of the holiday. As well as being extremely helpful and friendly, he has a deep knowledge and understanding of the Burren, especially the archaeology and geology. On the days he drove us, he told us so much about the area and its history.
    The bus driver was very good and he went the extra mile to make our trip enjoyable.
    This was a most enjoyable 3 day holiday with really excellent hotel accommodation and food. Lunch stops were well chosen and very good. The enthusiasm and determination of our leader to find as many different flowers as possible was remarkable and we were blessed with perfect weather. What more could one want!
    Rob Mileto and Gill were delightful, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. They really made the holiday a time to remember.
    A most rewarding, well planned and well executed trip. Thank you.
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    Mon 20th May 2019 - Fri 24th May 2019



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    Accommodation was superb; the food provided was excellent, and everything was very well organised and friendly.
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