The Burren celebrates eco-friendliness
Ongoing work to keep two of Ireland’s best-loved natural attractions in pristine ‘green’ condition has been recognised at a double awards ceremony in County Clare.
The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark LIFE Awards have marked sustainability achievements throughout the Burren, the rugged Irish moonscape that has lured travellers for centuries and which is home to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher.
The remarkable landscape in the wild western edge of the country has become a must-see destination for eco travellers, while seeing the Cliffs of Moher is one of top things to do on a visit to Ireland.
A total of 15 individuals, organisations and businesses netted prizes at the awards night, which celebrated the commitment of local communities and businesses to sustainable experiences, activities and amenities in the region.
Among the winners was Burren Nature Sanctuary, an interpretive centre for the flora and fauna of the area that features an exhibition, nature walks, indoor and outdoor play areas, education activities, a limestone rock garden, artisan cafe and farm shop.
The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, one of the best known discovery points along the Wild Atlantic Way, took home a contribution to conservation award, while St Tola’s Goat Farm, known internationally for its premium organic goat’s cheese, scooped a promotion of sustainable tourism prize.
Formed in the Ice Age, the austerely beautiful moonscape of the Burren is scattered with ancient dolmens, vast cave complexes, spectacular cliffs, surf beaches and sculpted mountains and is also legendary as a vibrant hub for Irish traditional music and good food.
The wild, welcoming terrain is one of the wonders of the world and was given the prestigious UNESCO Global Geopark status in 2011 in recognition of its geological heritage and importance.
The Cliffs of Moher are 8km long 214m high and provide amazing views of the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and mountains in Connemara.
Enjoying the area can range from walking on a cliff edge with a guide whose family has farmed the land for centuries, to surfing or kayaking along the Flaggy Shore, to sleeping in a family-run guesthouse or hotel, to chatting to the locals while waiting for a ceili to begin.
All of experiences in the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark can be enjoyed safe in the knowledge that the area is committed to conservation and environmental protection.