- After meeting at the airport, we will drive to our hotel in County Clare, around an hour's drive.
- Accommodation: Lisdoonvarna, 3-nights on full board basis.
- The Burren, from the Gaelic An Bhoireann meaning a stony place, is a plateau of carboniferous limestone. The area is renowned for its rock formations and its relics of ancient civilisations, but is best known for its unique and rich combination of Mediterranean and Arctic-Alpine flora. Here can be found together such gems as spring gentian, pyramidal bugle, fen violet and mountain avens.
- We explore a beautiful limestone lough and discover stunted yew and hazel scrub, perhaps seeing wood white butterflies (the Burren is home to 80% of Ireland’s butterflies), and look out from the hilltops over a very distinctive landscape.
- This morning we take the ferry to Inishmore, the largest of the three Aran Islands and home to some excellent limestone flora, where we pay a visit to Dun Aengus prehistoric stone fort. We will then continue to our guesthouse on Inisheer, the smallest and most eastern of the Aran Islands.
- Accommodation: Inisheer, 2-nights on full board basis.
- In the morning we pay a visit to the Cliff of Moher for seabirds, before taking a ferry to Doolin and our hotel back at Lisdoonvarna.
- Accommodation: Lisdoonvarna, 1-night on full board basis.
- Early afternoon we transfer to Shannon airport where our tour ends.
All prices are per person and include:
- Services of the naturalist leader
- Return ferry crossing to/from Inisheer
- All meals
- Guided activities
On the mainland we stay at the Wild Honey Inn close to Lisdoonvarna, famous for its breakfast and for live music. On the Aran Islands we stay on Inisheer, at Tigh Ruairi, a guesthouse in the “village.” All rooms are en suite.
All meals are included. Breakfasts and evening meals will be taken at our hotel.
Burren’s seabird colonies are rich in puffin and other auks.
The Burren is a natural rock garden, renowned for its unique mix of Mediterranean and Arctic-Alpine flora, and also rare ferns.
Flower rich fields and stunted yew and hazel scrub provides habitat for 80 per cent of Ireland’s butterflies.
Our tour takes combines the Burren’s spectacular cliffs, amazing limestone pavements and megalithic tombs with the Aran Islands unique landscape of tiny, gateless fields surrounded by high stone walls.
We have opportunity to visit some of the Burren’s many archaeological sites, featuring megalithic tombs, portal dolmens, ring forts, round towers and castles.
Return ferry crossing to Inisheer is included.
The price excludes travel to and from Shannon airport.
We meet at Shannon Airport at around 1430 on Day 1, and aim to get back to Shannon Airport at around 1400 on Day 8.
Ground transportation is by minibus, with driver. We will be on foot during our stay on the Aran Islands.