Whether your interest is history, archeology, botany, ecology or geology,  the Burren offers limitless explorations. Geologists call it a "glacial karst" landscape. Setting out on foot in this rocky place requires one to pay close attention. Its limestone clints and grikes (crevices and cracks) make it necessary to watch every step.

Yet in attending to the ground, walkers are rewarded with an array of flowers in every hue, from both arctic and Mediterranean origins. Visitors can explore a unique ecosystem safeguarded by conservation practices and educational initiatives, ensuring an environment that is managed sustainably for both visitors and the local community.

The farmers of the Burren have always played a crucial role in its preservation.  Traditional farming practices like winterage, in which the cattle are moved to the upland pastures to graze during the winter months, make it possible to raise cattle outdoors year round, which makes their milk and meat sweet and delicious.  Grazing keeps the hazel underbrush from overtaking the fields and mountains.This centuries-old practice is key to both the landscape and the economy of the Burren. During the Winterage Festival in October, community members escort the cattle to the hills.

What impact might living in this rugged and beautiful landscape have on people who have tended the land for many generations? The farm families of the Burren, including the Davorens, are as vibrant as the environment they live in. Many are community builders, seeing to it that things go well around them. May they prosper!

See burrenwinterage.com and burrenbeo.com for more information about this protected landscape.