The Burren National Park
Back in the bus, we retraced our route a few miles, then continued north into The Burren National Park, which at places looked like a barren lunar landscape. That was until we got out of the bus and found the many small plants and wild flowers which occupied the cracks between rocks. Whiloe the word "Burren" comes from an Irish word "Boíreann" meaning a rocky place, it has been referred to in the past as "Fertile rock" due to the mixture of nutrient rich herb and floral species. Because of Ireland's temerate climate, there are a wide range of species in The Burren, including plants found in the Meditranian and ones found in the tundra.
The ride continued on, pausing briefly at a couple of sights and stopping to let us get out to photograph the view looking down to Galway Bay.