Guided Walks on the Burren

Kinvara Walks will bring you on a walk that captures the unique Burren landscape on our Burren Guided Walks. Our expert guide will give you an great insight into this unique and beautiful landscape.

The walking route has been chosen so that we experience most of the different habitat types of the wonderful Burren landscape. These include limestone pavement (karst), hazel woodland, calcareous grasslands, shattered pavement, etc. We walk at a gentle pace, frequently stopping to enjoy the views, flowers and other flora. Also, we will explore the geology and learn the history of the area from Neolithic times to the present day.

Burren Wildflowers - early marsh orchid

Wildflowers

On our Burren Guided Walks we will identify the beautiful and sometimes rare wildflowers. Artic, Alpine and Mediterranean wildflowers growing side by side. Orchids, Spring Gentians, Bloody Cranesbill, Mountain Avens, and many more. According to the season we will also identify the many wild herbs that grow on the Burren. You will see our native trees like hawthorn, blackthorn, ash, hazel and learn how they feature in old Irish beliefs and superstition

Explore the geology on a Guided Burren Walk

Geology

The limestone pavement is what makes the Burren so unique. Your Burren walking guide Paul will explain the origins of the stone as you walk across it. We will look at the evolution and the natural events that shaped the landscape. Human habitation over a period of 5,500 years has shaped the landscape that we see today. These effects are visible on the landscape. We will identify some of the archaeological features that mark the millennia of human habitation.

History of the Burren - 5,500 years of human habitation

History

On the Guided Walk on the Burren we will identify the beautiful and sometimes rare wildflowers. Artic, Alpine and Mediterranean growing side by side. Orchids, Spring Gentians, Bloody Cranesbill, Mountain Avens, and many more. According to the season we will also identify the many wild herbs that grow on the Burren. You will see our native trees like hawthorn, blackthorn, ash, hazel and you will learn how they feature strongly in old Irish beliefs and superstitions.

Burren Walking Guide Paul Dunne

Your Guide

Your guide, Paul Dunne, is a highly experienced walking guide. Paul lecturers on Tourism subjects in the Atlantic Technical University (GMIT), Galway. He was a walking guide for many years in the Slieve Bloom Mountains in the centre of Ireland. Paul then moved to Kinvara 8 years ago, where he set up Kinvara Walks 6 years ago. Paul lives on the Burren and has immersed himself in the Geology, History, Flora and Fauna of this wonderful landscape.

The Walk

The walk is approx. 5 km long, with only a little climbing and takes approx. three and a half hours.

There is little climbing, but the ground is uneven. Walkers must have a reasonable level of fitness and wear suitable footwear – hiking boots are recommended, though good walking shoes will suffice.

The weather in Ireland is very changeable, so make sure to bring rain gear!

Walk Details

Walks on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – see Booking Calendar for full details.

Meet at 10.30 in Market Square, Kinvara (outside the Eurospar Supermarket). The start of the walk is approx. 8km away and you must have your own transport. We can organise a taxi, booked in advance and subject to availability.

Bookings can be made up to 10.00pm on the night before the walk. If we have no bookings, then the walk will not take place, so pre-booking is essential. Book and pay online and avail of the special discounted adult price of €22.