Burren

The Burren (from the Gaelic “bhoireann” meaning a rocky place) is a singular wilderness on the atlantic seaboard of the West of Ireland.  The internationally renowned significance of the area is owed to its remarkable flora and rich architectural heritage.  At a casual glance it seems there is nothing but an expanse of purply-grey limestone with the odd patch of green.  But this place – accurately known as ‘the fertile rock’ – harbours an unimaginable variety of plants and is a botanists heaven.  Here, growing side by side, are plants more usually found in arctic, alpine and mediterranean regions, tucked among the grikes and springing from the rock itself.  In spring gentians dot the close cropped grass, followed by mountain avens, bloody cranesbills, orchids in profusion and a myriad of other species.  The region supports many rare Irish & European species, some of which are found only in this area.

The effects of man are also visible with evidence of 5,000 years of history – dolmens, ringforts, fulacht fia (ancient cooking sites), castles and other monuments.  Early Christian churches and monasteries such as Corcomroe and Cilmacduagh are an enduring testament to the stoneworking ability of the local people which continues to be seen in the seemingly precarious dry stone walls criss-crossing the landscape.

A short walk down Deelin Mor’s driveway provides easy access to these wonders from dry stone walls and Poulaphouca Dolmen, to a variety of flora including orchids and gentians.  Deelin Mor’s organic status has allowed these rare plants to flourish and we work hard to maintain this diversity.

“stony seaboard, far and foreign, stony hills poured over space, stony outcrop of the Burren, Stones in every fertile place,
Little fields with shoulders dotted
Grey stone shoulders saffron spotted”
Sir John Betjeman