To the west of the Shannon, the polished rocks of the Burren limestone desert lined with caves and underground streams are the last traces of glacial erosion. The result is a landscape with a lunar appearance that has inspired several tales and legends, since the potholes on the plateau look like huge ruts left behind by giant chariots.
A view of the indented coast in the west of the island© The Irish Image Colle / age fotostock;
Its appearance is unusual: grikes and linear cracks break the earth up into large plates called clints.© IIC / age fotostock;
Heather is a very resistant plant that grows in the cracks of the Burren's arid land© Martin Siepmann / age fotostock;
With its 96 miČ, the region of Burren covers about 1% of the Irish territory.© Martin Siepmann / age fotostock;
Grikes are deep cracks that separate the large limestone plates. The flora that manages to grow here is incredible, including local, Mediterranean and alpine plants.© iStockphoto.com / Mikeuk