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All other rivers bar the Caher flow through the extensive cave systems beneath my feet, which invariably has me thinking of the Burren as a giant swiss cheese

At the Falls Hotel in Ennistymon recently, I found I’d forgotten to bring my teddy bear and so couldn’t get to sleep. I’m joking, of course – Teddy wa(...)

Burnet rose - a flower of the Burren’s ‘unintended garden’. Illustration: Michael Viney

There was a time when the strange and magical landscape of the Burren attracted just a few roaming naturalists, mostly of the gentlemanly, even cleric(...)

Ailwee Caves directors Nicky Johnson and Nuala Mulqueeney. Visitor numbers to the Co Clare tourist attraction have stabilised at 140,000-150,000 annually. Photograph: Ken Williams.

In its 40-odd years in operation as a tourist attraction in north Co Clare, diversification has been the watchword at the Ailwee Caves. As with any(...)

Tolkienesque tangle: hazels furred with lichen. Illustration: Michael Viney

On its way to the shore the boreen tilts down beside a creggan, a sandstone outcrop like a last, rocky toenail of the mountain. Abruptly steep (...)