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The landscape of the Burren is spectacular and very unique.

The most striking feature is the limestone rocky hills with their spectacular shaped hills which plunge down into the Atlantic ocean.

 

Black Head Burren scenery

 

For such a striking unspoilt landscape, it is amazing how few people come here compared to most places in Europe.

The Burren is on the furthermost Western edge of Ireland and one does not pass through the Burren in order to get to any of the main cities in Ireland.

For that reason, this pristine environment gets relatively few visitors and very often we do not meet any people when we go hill walking in this beautiful countryside.

 

energised and revitalised

 

Often when one goes into the countryside in other parts of Ireland, one can hear tractors and other machinery and often distant sounds of traffic.

 

However here in the Burren, the only farming is looking after small numbers of cattle so all one hears is the wind, the sound of the birds and the sound of the sea.

 

Burren rocks erratics

 

If one spent a week in the Burren without practicing yoga or meditation, one would still feel relaxed, refreshed and energised.

 

This is Fanore beach where we go swimming and also for the surf lessons during the week long retreats.

 

Fanore beach Burren

 

Another very special place in the Burren is Mulloughmore mountain.

The range of wild flowers which grow here has to be seen to be believed.

 

Orchid at Mulloughmore

 

These orchids grow wild and it is a joy to see their beauty during our guided outings.

 

Mulloughmore early Spring orchid

 

It is a good idea to bring your camera with you when you come on any of our yoga retreats, as the scenery is breathtaking and the wild flowers plentiful and inspiring.

 

Burren Spring orchid

 

One of the wild flowers which is synonymous with the Burren is the Spring Gentian.

 

Burren Spring Gentians on hill

 

One often comes across patches of these flowers growing in little clusters.

 

Family of Spring Gentians

 

The colour is very vivid and they are truly beautiful.

 

Burren Spring Gentians

 

Another striking feature of the landscape are the endless stone walls which run up, down and across the hills.

 

Black Head stone wall

 

Some of these stone walls were build during the Irish Famine 1845 – 1852.  Most of them are boundaries of land as they mark off one farmers area of land from his neighbours.

 

Stone walls in the Burren

 

In some places it is difficult to tell which are ancient standing stones which were erected thousands of years ago, and which are rocks which have been more recently moved.

 

Standing stones Mulloughmore

 

The air in the Burren is possible the most freshest air in the world as it blows in completely unpolluted from the Atlantic ocean and charged with negative ions so that one’s feels energised and refreshed.

 

The lichens thrive in this very clean and fresh air.

 

Lichen rock Burren

 

We often climb to the top of Mulloughmore which takes about 50 minutes to get the top.  The 360 degree views at the top are spectacular and one can see the ridge of hills where the Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre is located from the top of Mulloughmore.

 

Mulloughmore

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