The Book

The Burren and the Aran Islands A Walking Guide

The book was written by Tony Kirby of Heart of Burren Walks It was published in 2009 by Collins Press. A revised edition was issued in 2014.

Tony Kirby has put his considerable experience as a walking guide to great use in compiling an easy-to-use guide, which introduces the best walks in the Burren and the Aran Islands. From the rugged interior to the spectacular coastal scenery, from challenging upland walks to shorter road and waterside walks, this is a guide to some of the best walking routes in the region.

Each route is prefaced with a quick-reference summary and is illustrated with a colour map. Descriptions include detailed access information while points of interest (geology, flora, fauna, history, farming and folklore) are highlighted in order to enhance the walkers’ enjoyment and appreciation of this distinctive landscape. A revised edition of the book was published in May 2014.

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Lorna Siggins, The Irish Times 
"Walk Black Head in the Burren armed with Tony Kirby's The Burren and the Aran Islands A Walking Guide from the article 55 secrets of Ireland's Edge."

Catherine Mack, The Irish Times 
"Tony Kirby’s The Burren and The Aran Islands not only increases your knowledge of the region’s geology, flora, fauna, history, farming and folklore, but also brings simple beauty to life through word."
George Cunningham, author of the Burren Journeys
"Tony Kirby’s walking guide is a delight to handle both in the field and in the study…concise yet informative, it is a model of its genre…one of the books that I will always have with me on my sojourns in the Burren."
Paul Clements, author of The Burren Country
"A combination of well laid out maps, exquisite line drawings and some excellent colour photography, covering everything from the dazzling orchids to the Burren specialities of mountain avens and gentians as well as landscape and birdlife, makes this an extremely useful publication – an essential guidebook to exploring a unique part of Ireland."

An excerpt from the Trek Ireland DVD of the Burren.
One of a series of DVDs made by Jake Mac Manus on Ireland's best walking regions. Virtual walking through the landscape.Tony Kirby features as the walking guide in the Burren DVD. This excerpt was filmed on one of the seven walking trails in the Burren National Park.


"The guided Burren walk with Tony was the highlight of my holiday in Ireland. In the course of a magic afternoon, Tony took us on an inspirational journey through prehistory, geology, ecology, social history, culture, flora, fauna, poetry, and so much more. I was left not only with a wealth of information and insight, but also a sense of wonder at the depth of Tony’s knowledge, passion and respect for all aspects of this unique landscape."

Peg Kelly. Milwaukee, Wisconsin U.S.A. August 2015.

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