Introduction by Tony Kirby
Standing (or sitting) on the very rock that makes the Burren (from the Irish Boirinn; ‘a stony place’) such a special area of interest for botanists and geologists around the world, Tony Kirby’s erudite introduction of this area in County Clare gives the viewer a sense of wonder at the natural world and man-made efforts throughout the centuries to control and ultimately understand such a rare and wonderful place as the Burren,
Mullaghmore, the Burren, County Clare
Mullaghmore mountain sits in the very heart of the Burren National park; poetically described by John O’Donohue, author of Anam Cara as ‘…a sacred mountain’ whose folded shapes ‘evokes a poignancy and a sense of reverence. Once glimpsed it can never be forgotten.’ How apt then that local walking guide Tony Kirby of ‘Heart of Burren Walks’, in the guided version, brings us across this rare and unique landscape in Ireland as we begin on a famine relief road, built in the 1840’s by government-led schemes to pay and feed the starving populace, before striking out across the limestone pavement itself, giving wonderful views across the plateau, with wild flowers from different climatic regions flowering side-by-side. This is a fabulous walk through one of Ireland’s unique natural habitats.
Duration: 50 minutes
File Size: 1GB (approx.)
Gortlecka, the Burren, County Clare
Nothing quite prepares you for a stroll through native Irish woodland, with wild flowers interspersed with coarse grasses and heather at your feet. Gortlecka provides the lucky traveller with a peaceful walk through the Burren, a rare geological landform that at once supports a huge variety of Irish flora and gives the beasts of the fields their best fodder throughout the winter season. Tony Kirby of ‘Heart of Burren Walks’ gives a masterclass in understanding how this relationship works between nature, man and animal as you move through stony ground, dense woodland and open meadow, soaking in the views along the way.
Duration: 30 minutes
File Size: 650MB (approx.)
The Hermitage of Saint Colman Mac Duagh, the Burren, County Clare
The Hermitage of Saint Colman Mac Duagh
The story of Saint Colman Mac Duagh is hidden in history but a good starting point is the short but beautiful walk across the limestone pavement of Burren National Park to the base of a cliff where, nestled amid woodland scrub and flowing streams, lies the ruins of an Early Christian Hermitage. Tony Kirby explores the basis of living conditions for those that dwelt here over 1,500 years ago!
Duration: 20 minutes
File Size: 400MB (approx.)
Black Head (The Green Road), the Burren, County Clare
Half way up the slopes of Black Head you come across an ancient cattle highway. These ‘green roads’, as Tony Kirby from ‘Heart of Burren Walks’ explains, were used to drove cattle onto the high lands, across the slopes of the limestone pavement, where they would spend their winter, in an activity called reverse transhumance that has been in existence for over 6,000 years. It is here, with unparalleled views across Galway Bay, the Maumturks of Connemara and the Aran Islands, that you follow in the footsteps of this ancient Irish tradition with the limestone reflecting silver brilliance in the midday sun of early autumn.
Duration: 40 minutes
File Size: 850MB (approx.)