February 16, 2012

The Burren

My first card from Ireland, the burren, one of the largest karst landscapes in Europe.

Back of the card:
The Burren (Great Rock) is a plateau occupying a vast area in north Clare. It rises in the south from the foothills above Killinaboy and Kilfenora, is bounded on the east by the Gortaclare mountains and is contained in the west by the Atlantic Ocean. It's highest peak Slieve Elva overlooks Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. It is an area of scenic attractions - wild and lonely but picturesque - where the clear light, reflected from the stone-grey hills, seems to radiate an air of timelessness, which is made more realistic by the presence of many pre-historic remains that dot the fields and the valley beneath. The burden is of particular interest to archaeologists, botanists, speleologists, zoologists, ornithologists etc.

Distance: 967 km (601 miles)
Travel time: 3 days

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