The Burren’s spectacular Burren in Bloom Festival returns this year and according to organizers, “the Festival will give people an understanding and appreciation of the Burren and its formation, and how it continues to be a source of great botanical, archaeological, and cultural wealth with its unique wild flowers and ancient sites”.
This year’s Burren In Bloom Festival, running the 3rd of May until the first week in June, will feature the launch of 5 new walks by members of Burren Ecotourism. Each of the five walks will be led by experts in different fields, including a local geologist, navigation and meteorology specialist, as well as heritage officers. These specialized walks serve to profile the choice and diversity of walking experiences that can be enjoyed in the Burren area.
The walks will be held each Saturday during the festival, beginning at 2:00pm and lasting from 2 to 3 hours. In keeping with the Leave No Trace principle of keeping environmental disturbances to a minimum, the walk leaders will take a maximum number of 12 people. The first walk of the series, Geopark Trail Walk is a self-guided walk but will take a maximum of 44 people on the day. The walks will be booked on a first come, first serve basis and there will be a small administrative fee of €5 per person. Included in this is the option of a free bus service to help reduce the amount of vehicles in the area. The bus can be met at St John’s Hall in Ballyvaughan village.
Geopark Trail – Land & Coastal Ecosystem, at Flaggy Shore
Walk led by Eamon Doyle, Geologist and Brid Fahy, leaving from Linnane’s Seafood Restaurant, Newquay
Walk the Burren with Nature’s Compass
Using ancient landscape navigation techniques – solar, land and plant navigation, at Ballyvaughan
Walk led by Deborah Evers, RYA Navigation & Meteorology
Heritage Walk Stones & Stories
Burren National Park, Gortlecka Cross, Walk led by Marie McGauran, Heritage Officer
Michael Cusack Centre Walkway, at Carron
Walk led by Alison Hurley, Heritage Officer
Magic in the Stones
Walk at Poulacarron, Burren
Walk led by Christy Sinclair, Heritage Officer