Burren Nature Sanctuary WELCOME

Capture the Essence of the Burren as you Walk through this Lunar Landscape

Welcome to the Burren Nature Sanctuary.Situated on a 50 acre organic farm the Burren Nature Sanctuary provides an accessible experience of this UNESCO destination of spectacular beauty.  Located just outside the picturesque village of Kinvara, Co Galway, along the Wild Atlantic Way, the Burren Nature Sanctuary is an ideal discovery point for the Burren en route from Dublin or Galway to the Cliffs of Moher.Immerse yourself in the magical Burren landscape formed over millions of years, through glaciation, erosion and human activity. Experience the unique and diverse Burren flora and landscape. Visit the Burren Botany Bubble - home to the national botanical collection of Burren flora, where seasonal Alpine, Mediterranean, Arctic and tropical plants grow alongside native Irish wildflowers.Explore the Burren Nature Sanctuary Interpretive Trail which showcases the features of Burren, geology and biodiversity through interpretive panels and optional audio tour. Discover fossils from ancient tropical seas in the limestone rocks. Identify seasonal wild flowers growing in the spaces between the rocks. Look out for butterflies and orchids in the organic meadow. Spot migratory birds at the Disappearing Lake – Turlough that empties every 11 hours. This freshwater tidal lake is a rare phenomenon.Connect with nature, yourself and each other as you experience the peace and tranquility of this ancient landscape. Meet the farm animals – donkeys, pigs and sheep. Say hello to Frisky the feral Burren goat! Find the fairy houses in the native Hazel Woodland. See the archaeology of our farming ancestors in the round field and abandoned village.Play in the indoor soft play and outdoor adventure playground.Relax in the Sanctuary Cafe, enjoy fresh local produce. Browse the Avoca shop. Free wifi.Learn about the Burren through our educational programmes for primary schools, Leaving Certificate Geography and Ecology, 3rd Level studies and international students.Guided Walks: Regular themed guided walks Parties / Special Events:The heated Tipi is available for birthday parties and special occasions.
Burren Food Trail Monday eventsProud members of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark and Burren Ecotourism Network

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