Located on the west coast of Ireland, the Burren & Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark has an area of 530 km2, it is bounded by Atlantic coastal cliffs (10-200 m high) to the west, the Gort lowlands to the East and by low hilly terrain to the south. Much of the land is at an elevation of 100 m-200 m above sea-level; the highest point is Slieve Elva at 344 m. The area of limestone which comprises most of the UNESCO Global Geopark has few rivers and only one (Caher River) which flows its entire length over ground.
The geological landscape is one of glacially smoothed Carboniferous (300 million years ago) fossil-rich limestone hills; dramatic sea cliffs; seasonal lakes; and vast networks of subterranean caves. This physical landscape hosts rare natural habitats and unique floral assemblages not found anywhere else on Earth; as well as abundant legacies of human settlement dating back over 6000 years.
The Burren & Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark is formed of Carboniferous limestones sandstones and shale (320-300 Ma). The limestones were formed in warm shallow water conditions on a carbonate shelf close to the equator. Fossil brachiopods, corals and crinoids are abundant. The limestones contain abundant caves including one of the longest free hanging stalactites in the world open to the public and are extensively karstified. The extensive limestone pavement is considered to be one of the best of its kind globally. The limestone is overlain by deep water shales and prograding cyclical deltaic deposits. Slumped units with sand volcanoes, turbidites and channel deposits are common. Typical fossils are goniatites, bivalves, and plant material. The sequence is part of some of the finest coastal exposures of ancient deltaic sedimentation in the world.
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Number of Geosites
Enjoy the most beautiful landscapes and the most emblematic geosites in these unique and special territories.
The Geosites are locals of geological interest that represent the existing geodiversity and have a high educational, tourist and/or scientific level.
The geodiversity is present in the landscapes, that are the cradle for all the existing biodiversity in these territories.
Fahee North, lies at the top of Glencolumbkille, the valley of St Colmchille (c 520-597), the
Set against the rugged Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by the spectacular bare limestone landscape of
Uses and Customs
Geoparks are territories with a strong cultural and ethnological identity, which are represented by their customs and traditions. These customs and traditions have gained relevance throughout the centuries and became inseparable from the present and history of this regions and its people.
Pick up a whistle or a fiddle and give us a tune! Traditional Irish music is very much alive and kicking in the Burren Geopark! There is music played every
The indigenous sports of Gaelic football and hurling are the most popular sports in Ireland and also in the Geopark Matches are played by all ages weekly in
Farming in the Burren has traditionally focused in animal rearing with cattle, sheep pigs and goats grazing the rich herb grasses of the ‘fertile
Producing farmhouse cheese is a craft that has been honed on irish family farms since the 1970’s There are a number of locations in the Geopark where you
The experiences that geoparks provide, trigger authentic experiences and unforgettable emotions.
Explore the Coast
Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark is situated on Irelands Wild Atlantic Way The rugged coast
Hidden beneath the highly visual Burren landscape is a complex underworld of caves which includes
During your visit, geoparks have restaurants and accommodation available to complement and enrich your experience.
Museums / Interpretative Centre
Museums gather collections that allow us to better understand our existence and everything related to it. They are privileged spaces that tell us about the history of the Earth and life.
The Spa Wells Heritage Centre, Lisdoonvarna
Lisdoonvarna Heritage Centre was opened in June 2018 known locally as the Spa Wells People have
The Burren Centre
Walk through time at the Centres exhibtions and be introduced to the ancient mysteries of the
Basque Coast UNESCO Global Geopark
The Basque Coast Geopark is a small area located in the north os Spain, wedged in between the Bay of Biscay and the Basque mountains and comprising
Arouca UNESCO Global Geopark
What if suddenly you were presented with a live book telling the history of the Earth represented on the rocky landscape, the rivers running in a
Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark
The Copper Coast Geopark is a designated area located along the southern coast of Ireland in County Waterford, extending for some 17 km from