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Welcome to Burren Nature Sanctuary, a special place to connect to nature....
A place to experience the unique and diverse Burren landscape and botany. Set on a 50 acre organic farm, Burren Nature Sanctuary is an ideal introduction to the magical Burren landscape. Visit the Botany Bubble which houses the National Collection of Burren flora in season. Explore the nature trail through Burren habitats of shattered limestone, ancient woodland, a unique disappearing lake and wildflower meadow. Discover fairy houses in the hazel wood and meet friendly goats pigs and donkeys. Connect with nature, yourself and each other as you enjoy the peace and tranquility of this ancient landscape.
Burren Nature Trail
Explore the Burren Nature Sanctuary Interpretive Trail which showcases features of Burren geology and biodiversity. The trail is dotted with illustrated information panels, pick up a map at the Visitor Centre, download our Audio Tour, join in one of our botany talks or guided walks see events page.
Discover fossils from ancient tropical seas in the limestone rocks formed over millions of years. Identify seasonal wild flowers growing in the spaces between the rocks. Look out for butterflies and orchids in the wildflower meadow and spot migratory birds at the turlough, a fresh tidal lake that empties every 11 hours and is a rare phenomenon found in limestone regions. Stroll through the hedgerow of native Irish trees the line the ancient green road or boreen. See the archaeology of our farming ancestors in the round field and abandoned village.
Visit the Botany Bubble, home to the National Collection of Burren flora, where seasonal Alpine, Mediterranean, Arctic and tropical plants grow alongside Irish wildflowers
Relax in the Sanctuary Café a proud member of the Burren Food Trail, enjoy fresh local produce. Celebrate birthdays and special occasions with a party in our tipi. Browse the Avoca shop.
Learn about the Burren biodiversity and geography through our educational programmes for primary schools, Leaving Certificate Geography and Ecology, Third Level and international students.
Immerse yourself in the magical Burren landscape formed over millions of years through glaciation, erosion and human activity. See why the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark is a UNESCO designated region with outstanding geology and unique culture heritage managed in a sustainable way. Burren Nature Sanctuary is a member of the Burren Ecotourism Network and adheres to the code of conduct of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark. We have been recognised for our environmental interpretation and conservation and recently received Irish Responsible Tourism Award in 2016
Burren Nature Sanctuary is situated in the picturesque village of Kinvara, Co. Galway along the Wild Atlantic Way en-route from Dublin or Galway to the Cliffs of Moher
Burren Nature Sanctuary, Cloonasee, Kinvara, Co. Galway, Ireland
Phone: 00 353 (91) 637 444
From Galway direction take first left in Kinvara at Sextons bar take right fork Burren Nature Sanctuary is 2 minutes / 1km on left
From Cliffs of Moher direction turn right at Sextons Bar in Kinvara. Take right fork. Burren Nature Sanctuary is 2 minutes / 1km on left
GPS: N53.1292128 W8.93008