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Carran Turlough Geosite

Carran Turlough Geosite

Carran, Co Clare

Walk the quiet roads of the Carron Polje - the largest karst depression in northwest Europe. This large hollow can be filled, very quickly, with a seasonal lake (Carron Turlough) when rainfall is high and groundwater wells up through underground springs. As the season dries it can empty just as quickly, as the water drains underground through subterranean channels and swallow holes.

Doolin Pier Geosite

Doolin Pier Geosite

Doolin, Co Clare

Experience the full force of the power of the Atlantic Ocean, as it crashes into theland, and see the massive limestone blocks that have been thrown up onto the shoreline.

Fanore Beach Geosite

Fanore Beach Geosite

Fanore, Co. Clare

Golden sand dunes, storm beaches of boulders stacked together by powerful waves, rocks rich in ancient marine fossils and smooth lime encrusted stones in the river bed of the Caher river – the only surface river in the northern Burren, are all to be discovered at Fanore Beach. Together with its diversity of flora, birdlife, butterflies and moths – and evidence of prehistoric hunters-gatherers living amongst the dunes, it is easy to understand why this beach is a Special Area of Conserv...

Flaggy Shore Geosite

Flaggy Shore Geosite

Ballyvaughan, Co Clare

Strewn with rocks from far away places, this shoreline provides several clues to the movement of ancient ice sheets across the Burren landscape. Pink coloured granite rocks from Connemara to the north and purple sandstone rocks from the Slieve Aughty Mountains to the east; share the shoreline with the native grey limestone rocks of the Burren.

Lisdoonvarna Spa Wells Geosite

Lisdoonvarna Spa Wells Geosite

Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare

Lisdoonvarna (Lios Dúin Bhearna, meaning the Fort of the Gap) is set within a landscape of steep shale hills, interspersed with the deep gorges of the Aille, Gowlaun and Kilmoon rivers. Where the upper shale layer meets the underlying limestone a number of mineral springs rich in sulphur, iron, magnesium and calcium emerge, providing Lisdoonvarna with the health-giving water that has attracted visitors to the town for over 150 years.