01 May 2013 – 31 May 2013
The Burren in Bloom Festival returns this year with a series of illustrated talks and organised walks throughout the month of May. The Festival, in association with the Burren College of Art and the Burrenbeo Trust, 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.
Geologists and botanists roam the limestone pavements and grasslandslooking for evidence of the passage of ice and for the Arctic, Alpine and Mediterranean plantswhich grow in profusion. The Burren is renowned for its archaeology including Megalithictombs, celtic ringforts, medieval churches and castles.Enthusiasts of all ages are catered for with the inclusion of family fun events. Visitors canexplore the Burren on foot, hiking over the hills, or by bike along its many lanes. The karstterrain hides potholes and caves. The coastline is ideal for swimming, kayaking, bird watchingand angling.
On the cultural front, the 2013 programme includes the annual Burren Law School, directed byJames Hamilton, art exhibitions, weekly set dancing and music events, notably Fiona Linnanes ‘Bellsacross the Burren’.So for a weekend or mid-week stay packed with information, activity and events – most of whichcost no more than e5 – join us for Burren in Bloom. You will be assured of good value, a warm welcomeand an unforgettable experience. The Burren offers comfortable accommodation and pubs andrestaurants where you can enjoy Irish cuisine and traditional music.Burren in Bloom 2013 is coordinated by the Burrenbeo Trust with support from the Burren andCliffs of Moher Geopark, the Burren College of Art and Ballyvaughan Community DevelopmentGroup.