Fanore Beach Geosite

Fanore, Co. Clare

Fanore Beach Geosite

A geosite is a location that has a particular geological or geomorphological significance. As well as its inherent geological characteristics it may also have cultural or heritage significance. The geosites in the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark were selected for their accessibility as well as their geological and cultural significance, to provide ease of access for visitors and educational groups. There are nine geosites in the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark and they are described in detail in the book ‘Stone, Water & Ice - a geology trip through the Burren’ which is available at visitor centres and bookshops throughout north 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 Conservation.


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