April 02nd, 2017 Inspirational activities to do in the Burren

1 Irish Herbal Roots Lisa Guinan is a fully qualified and registered Naturopathic Herbalist with many years experience in teaching people about medicinal plants and how to use them for health. County Clare is thriving with an abundance of wild plants and herbs that have been used to make traditional medicines and cures since ancient times. Irish Herbal Roots will take you on a journey, bringing to life the fascinating Art of plant medicine. Herb walks (outdoor) Herb walks take place in the Burren or surrounding area and consist of a walk in Nature with specific attention drawn to medicinal plants and flowers along the way. Folklore, traditional cures and modern medicinal uses will be woven into the tale of each wild herb and flower, bringing them to life whilst also glimpsing insights into traditional Irish culture. Plant Identification will be covered and each participant gets to take home notes containing information and pictures of the most commonly discussed plants. Web: irishherbalroots.ie

2 Flora in the Burren In a landscape where Arctic and Alpine flowers grow surprisingly alongside Mediterranean species and where something is always in bloom you would be forgiven for thinking it’s a botanists paradise. The Burren National Park provides public access to this special natural landscape and offers a free bus service around the park during the summer months. Visit the information Centre in Corrofin for further details.
Web: www.burrengeopark.ie/

3 Guided Walks Clareville House Kitchen Garden Guided walks by guide Deborah Evers, shows you how to use ancient landscape navigation techniques while also highlighting the unique ecology, flora and fauna of the landscape. Observation is key and you will be encouraged to record with your eyes, camera or sketchbook. Autumn Hedgerow Foraging Walks with lunch and recipes provided Burren Walk Spring focuses on a identification of wildflower theme. Autumn food foraging in the Burren. Low Tide Shoreline Walk includes observation of migrating birds and seashore foraging. We forage edible foods and seaweeds and learn how to cook them, Lunch and recipes provided. Recipes and packed lunch are provided. Booking essential
Web: burrenkitchengarden@gmail.com

4 Coisceim Anama Visitors are facilitated to find Tranquillity of the Mind through Inspirational Walks in the beautiful Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark. Coisceim Anama, which is Irish for Footstep of the Soul, is a walking business in the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark. Their motto is “Coisceim Anama, Footstep of the Soul, Tranquillity of the Mind , through Inspirational Walks in the Burren”. Meeting point: Kilshanny House, Walk and Lunch cost €20 To arrange a walk at a time to suit your schedule.
Contact Pius Murray at +353 87 9828173 or email pius@coisceimanama.com

5 Doolin Cave Visit Doolin Cave and explore the Burren landscape above-ground and under-ground. Doolin Cave is one of Europe’s most compelling cave attractions. It is a truly authentic experience. It is your only opportunity to see such a large free hanging stalactite anywhere in the world.
Web: doolincave.ie

6 Wild Kitchen Wild Kitchen, a house and garden 5 mins. from the Wild Atlantic Way, they guide wild food walks on land and seashore, locally and in the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark. Wild Food is local, seasonal, nutritious, FREE, and beneficial to human health. Our walks include plant identification, what’s in season, how to cook and use these amazing foods and how to incorporate them into our daily foods. We will find everything from berries, fruits, nuts, roots, flowers and seeds and of course the SUPER food, seaweed. Learn a new sustainable skill in the fresh air, in Co.Clare. See Wild Kitchen calendar for schedule. Walks and talks available from February – November
Web www.wildkitchen.ie

7 Heart of the Burren Walks Heart of Burren Walks offers a wide variety of guided walks in the majestic, rocky Burren. The menu includes a summer scheduled programme in the Burren National Park, archaeology walks, spirituality walks and weekend walking breaks. Walks vary from hour long strolls to invigorating day-long hill walks. The walks feature entertaining and informative commentaries on the geology, flora, archaeology, fauna, farming and folklore of the Burren. Heart of Burren Walks has featured in No Frontiers (RTE TV travel series) and Mooney Goes Wild (RTE radio – wildlife series). www.heartofburrenwalks.com

8 Archeology, Built Heritage and Pilgrimage Join local guide Marie on an enlightening and exhilarating walk on Mullaghmore. Explore the history of the land and its people, view old farm homesteads, ancient famine roads and the flora of the Burren. Meeting point: Clare Heritage Centre, Corofin Open: Year-round Tel: +353 (0)86 8219 441 Email: burrencottage@clareireland.net Web: www.mullaghmore-burren.net

Burren Ecotourism Network B.E.N

A network of tourism enterprises with the objective of establishing the Burren as a premier internationally-recognised sustainable tourism region Ekotree is a proud member of the Burren Ecotourism Network (B.E.N.). This is a network of tourism enterprises with the objective of establishing the Burren as a premier internationally-recognised sustainable tourism region ensuring the future economic and social growth and sustainable development of its communities, environment and heritage. It seeks to support continued training, mentoring and accreditation in sustainable tourism for its members and for businesses interested in joining the Network. The Network aims to be a recognisable network of enterprises in the Burren, who have achieved independent accreditation, demonstrate ecotourism ‘best practice’, positively discriminate in each other’s favour, provide ‘one voice’ representation on issues impacting the Burren (where appropriate), and inspire conservation activism. For more details visit burren.ie