The Burren & Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark
UNESCO Global Geoparks are internationally recognised places with unique geology, landscapes, history and culture. Geoparks are managed with a focus on education, conservation, sustainable tourism and community engagement.
We are a UNESCO Global Geopark because we adhere to the UNESCO criteria to celebrate heritage while conserving cultural, biological and geological diversity, and promoting sustainable economic development.
We do this in the following ways:
Our landscape tells a fascinating geological story that spans over 330 million years. Only here can you find an extraordinary botanical combination of Artic, Alpine and Mediterranean flowers growing side by side. We have over 3,000 archaeological monuments that record 6,000 years of history.
We have farming and musical cultural traditions that are thriving and celebrated. Local communities feel a deep connection to their landscape, history and culture and have a strong desire to manage this in a sustainable way for the benefit of all.
The Geopark is managed by Clare County Council in partnership with local communities, tourism businesses and organisations and government agencies.
The Burren and Cliffs of Moher became a member of the Global Geoparks Network in 2011.
Global Geoparks were inscribed as UNESCO designated sites in 2015.
UNESCO Global Geoparks go through a rigorous revalidation process very 4 years. The Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark was last revalidated in 2019.
The area of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark covers 530 square kilometers. Its boundary is marked to the West and North by the coast from Hag’s Head to the county border at New Quay. It then runs south along the county border to Tubber and westwards through Corofin, Kilfenora, north of Kilshanny and on to Hag’s Head.
The Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark supports people and organisations to work together to ensure a cared-for-landscape, a better understood heritage, more sustainable tourism, a vibrant community and strengthened livelihoods.
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Doolin : Experience the incredible
Situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, boasting some of the most breathtaking scenery in Ireland and with a colourful and welcoming village ready to host you during your stay, Doolin has something for everyone.
Located on the edge of the historic Burren in northwest County Clare, and within easy reach of the majestic Cliffs of Moher and the unique Aran Islands, Doolin’s dramatic landscape cannot easily be forgotten. Click here to find out where Doolin is located.
Doolin is the home of traditional Irish music, with plenty of music and craic to be had every night. You can take a clifftop walk breathing in the crisp, salty Atlantic air while appreciating the beautiful wildflowers, discover the great stalactite at Doolin Cave, explore the rugged landscape or go on an Atlantic cruise to appreciate the unique coastline from a different perspective. Adventure is waiting for you in Doolin!
Doolin is a vibrant place full of characters, stories, and experiences and is home to some of the region’s best accommodation, eateries, and beautiful local shops. The people of Doolin are passionate about their community and look forward to welcoming you with open arms.
Burren Beo Trust Business Members
Airmid Natural Irish Skincare are proud to be business members of Burren Beo Trust. The Burrenbeo Trust is a charity that was founded in 2008. It was set up to create greater appreciation for the Burren landscape.
Through need and demand it has evolved to widen that remit to landscapes beyond the Burren. Burrenbeo Trust is a landscape charity dedicated to connecting all of us to our places and our role in caring for them. To find out more about the trust and how you can support see here: Burren Beo Trust.
All Ireland Pollinator Plan
The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan is about all of us, from farmers to local authorities, to schools, gardeners and businesses, coming together to try to create an Ireland where pollinators can survive and thrive. The first Plan covered the period 2015-2020 and a new version has been developed for 2021-2025.