Farming and the Burren

Brendan Dunford. Teagasc.
A superb study of the huge role of agriculture in the shaping of the landscape. A tribute to the role of the Burren farmers in protecting the region’s rich heritage .
The Book of the Burren 
Tir Eolas, Co Galway.
Essays by experts on inter alia the history, archaeology, geology, and botany of the region. A comprehensive reference book.

The Natural History of the The Burren 
Gordon Darcy. Immel Publishing Limited, London.  
A season by season guide to the natural history of the region by the much-respected author and natural historian.

The Burren and the Aran Islands A Walking Guide 
Tony Kirby. Collins Press, Cork.
A guide to some of the best walks in the Burren region and the Aran Islands with text, maps, photographs and exquisite illustrations. First published 2009. Latest edition issued August 2014.

The Burren Wall
Gordon Darcy. Tír Eolas, Co Galway.
A fine study of the social history of the tens of thousands of kilometres of drystone walls in the region.

Wild Plants of The Burren and the Aran Islands 
Charles Nelson. Collins Press, Cork.
The definitive pocket guide to 136 of the most widely occurring wild flowers in the region.
The Burren and The Aran Islands – Exploring The Archaeology
Carleton Jones. Collins Press, Cork.  
A wonderfully produced volume of text, photographs and illustrations of the most important monuments of these two great regions by the NUI Galway archaeology lecturer.

Burren Archaeology A Tour Guide
Hugh Carthy. Collins Press, Cork.
Excellent, accessible guide to the cultural landscape of the Burren. Paperback format – ideal companion for Burren field trips.

The Fertile Rock 
Carsten Krieger. Collins Press, Cork.  A lavish photographic homage to the Burren in all its seasons with accompanying text. A noteworthy first publication by one of the west of Ireland’s finest landscape photographers.


The Burren
Tim Robinson. Folding Landscapes, County Galway.
A minutely detailed two inch map of The Burren by the great cartographer and author.
Discovery Series Number 51 and 52
 Ordnance Survey of Ireland, Dublin. Scale 1: 50 000.
 Detailed depiction of topographical features of the region.


Just to let you know how very much we loved your walk. It was the highlight of a very wonderful trip to Ireland.

Madhu Prasher, California U.S.A. on 18th of September 2014 at 12:14 pm

The walk was the highlight of our holiday in Ireland and we thank you again for taking us to the National Park to show us the beautiful nature and scenery from close by. We are very impressed with your knowledge and care for the special landscape of the Burren. Good luck with your efforts to protect the Burren landscape even more.

Frits and Domenica Slicht, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. on 20th of August 2015 at 11:47 am

We are a group of young adults from Limerick Youth Service went on a Burren Walk tour guided by Tony Kirby and we can only say that we had a totally brilliant time. Tony Kirby is both informative and entertaining and has a lovely way of connecting with and including each member of the group. Tony is very knowledgeable about the history, geology, flora and fauna of the Burren and surrounding area. Many thanks for a lovely day, we very much look forward to experiencing the next tour!

Sharon Manifold, Limerick city Ireland on 28th of January 2016 at 1:32 pm

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