We are driving along through the limestone pavement that makes up the Burren.From the car it looks as though we are simply driving through rocky meadows etched with stone fences, but I know this rugged landscape hides an abundance of wildflowers – I need to find a spot to get out and walk around, but where?
Not knowing what else to do, I decide to keep a look out for the Poulnabrone Dolman. . . maybe there will be a trail there.
I’m not sure I’ll be able to find the dolman (I’m not really sure what I’m actually looking for or whether I’ll be able to see it from the road), but there is, just beyond the parking lot with the tour buses.
Despite the buses (I don’t know where else to stop), we park the car and follow everyone else out on the path that leads to the dolmen.
The path leads through rocky, but lush meadows overflowing with flowers. Even after seeing the video at the visitor’s center, I guess I was expecting to find a rather desolate, inhospitable landscape – a place of rock, sparse grasses, and isolated (well-hidden) pockets of exuberant flowers. Instead, it looks exactly like the video: rocky fields of lush, knee-deep grass and bright flowers.
The video did help me make sense of the geology, as now I can easily see this rocky landscape as an ancient coral reef.
We wander under a blazing hot sun for . . .I don’t know. . . an hour? two? . . . until I am burnt to a crisp and lunchtime has long since passed. Still, Lane nearly needs to drag me away – I am totally and completely entranced.