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Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark

The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark joined the European and Global Geopark Network in September 2011. The Burren is situated on Ireland's west coast between the cities of Limerick and Galway, Burren is a geological landscape of rolling limestone hills and plateaux, dramatic sea cliffs and waterways that disappear underground and emerge from a vast network of caves. Most of the Geopark’s coastline is marked by the celebrated 200-metre-high Cliffs of Moher. Coastal erosion has created the sea-caves, sea-arches, sea-stacks, storm beaches and sand dunes that lend the area its distinct character. The Burren is internationally famous for its rich ecology and archaeology. It is home to more than 70% of Ireland’s native plants, including unusual combinations of Arctic, Alpine and Mediterranean species, and has a legacy of human settlement spanning more than 6,000 years.

 

 

The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark is managed by Clare County Council and Burren Connect, with the support of Shannon Development and the Geological Survey of Ireland. A range of stakeholders and regional partners play an active role in the operations of the Geopark.

 

The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Global Geopark comprises:
--A network of geosites
--A network of natural, archaeological, historical and cultural sites of interest
--A network of specific visitor centres, education centres, and public amenity areas
--Burren Ecotourism Network
--A Farm Heritage Tours Co-operative
--The Burren Way Walking Trail
--Regional Walking and Cycling Trails
--Burren National Park
--An active group of local community development groups
--Education programmes in schools and community centres
--Volunteer landscape conservation initiatives

Contact:
Burren & Cliffs of Moher Global Geopark
Burren Connect
Clare County Council
Ennistymon
Co. Clare
Ireland

Tel:   +353 (0)65 7072295
Website: www.burrenconnect.ie/geopark
Email:   info@burren.ie



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