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The Burren Region stretches over approx. 36,000 hectares of northern Clare and southern Galway in the west of Ireland. Trident Holiday Homes offers a choice of self catering accommodation in the Burren ranging from the traditional Burren Cottages in Belharbour to the Burren Atlantic Holiday Homes adjacent to the Burren Coast Hotel & Spa.
This unique habitat of limestone grasslands and heaths supports a huge diversity of flora and fauna and is home to over 70% of Ireland’s 900 native species of flowers. In fact a recent research project found an average of 28 different species per square meter! These species are mix of Arctic-Alpine and Mediterranean flowers with 22 of the 27 species of orchid native to Ireland found in the region. These grasslands are still used as grazing during the weather which helps keep potentially dominating weeds and grasses at bay.
Although chiefly known for its wide range of indigenous plants and flowers, the of the Burren is home to a great variety of indigenous animals too. These include feral goats, foxes, pine martens, rabbits, hares, red squirrels, badgers, stoats, black voles, wood mice, pygmy shrews, mink, common frogs, smooth newts and common lizards. All 7 of Ireland’s native species of bat can be found in the region, it is also an extensive number of species of moths and butterflies. Although it is not an area known for its birdlife, the Burren is one of the best places in Ireland to go to hear the cuckoo. Other birds which can be seen there include the sky lark, peregrine falcon, brent goose, thrush, wren, yellowhammer, robin and dunnock and black bird.
The 'karst' region of the Burren was formed over 340 million years ago and has been shaped over the years by glacial, tectonic and solutional processes. Beneath the vast bare limestone pavements lie underground rivers and caverns. Some of these caves have been excavated in recent years and revealed indications of prehistoric usage. This extensive cave system is accessible to both experienced potholers and less experienced tourists with a guide.
In addition to the many natural attractions, the Burren is home to some 120 stone tombs, 500 stone forts, castles and churches which date every century of the Christian era. Perhaps the best known of these are Caherconnell Stone Fort and the Poulnabrone Dolmen.
This unique landscape offers an abundance of outdoor activities such as diving at the Burren Adventures Dive Centre, sea angling, horse riding and surfing at the Aloha Surf School at Fanore, a stunning Blue Flag Beach. Dolphin and whale watching is available at Carrigaholt and the local Burren Birds of Prey Centre is definitely worth a visit.
Our self catering accommodation in The Burren is the perfect base from which to explore all this unique part of Ireland has to offer.
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