Moon Walking Through the Burren Region of Ireland

Yes, parts of Ireland look like the moon.

During the ice ages, a ginormous glacier moved across the Burren Region in Co. Clare Ireland, leaving an impressive lunar landscape behind. Today, the ground is littered with these limestone rocks for hundreds of square miles and has become a protected national park.

Since it was just the start of spring, I was able to catch some of the flowers blooming out of the crevices of some of these rocks, however many more will begin to grow as the season progresses.

Did YOU know lunar landscape exists in Ireland?! I sure didn’t, but I’m happy to have had the opportunity to see how amazing it is in real life!

A HUGE thanks to Shamrocker Adventures for hosting my travels and Kinlay Hostel in Galway for hosting my stay. All opinions, like always, are my own.

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You're probably wondering what the heck is a "Roaming Bean"... Given that I am clearly not a Bean, and my name is Jen, what gives with this Bean thing, right? A friend of mine called me JenBean as a child, and it kinda stuck. Actually, it really stuck... even my license plate says Jenbean. And seeing as I have this grand lust to wander the world, The Roaming Bean seemed suitable. I've changed my career path more times than I have my underwear (minus all the times I've gone commando).... from animating, to forensic pathology, to international business, to fashion marketing and even to my wonderful and favorite of the bunch, degree in culinary arts, nothing kept my attention. Nothing was fun enough to do every day for the rest of my life. I mean, even though I cooked for celebrities in the heart of Hollywood, CA, why the hell would I want to sweat my ass off in a ridiculously HOT kitchen for most of the day and go home smelling like beef and onions? And the chef hat?? Do you know what that did to my hair?? Enter traveling.... The rainy day I descended down the tower of Notre Dame in Paris, gripping on to the railing for dear life so not to slip and tumble to an early death from the torrential down pour that was causing a small flood in the stairwell, my life changed. When I safely made it to the ground, legs shaky from an apparent lack of fitness it requires to walk up and down 387 steep stairs, I realized my hands were stained a delightful copper color from the rusted hand rail I had so dearly clung to. Desperate to get the icky stuff off my supple hands, and no running water in sight, I did what any other hopeless idiot would have done: I washed my hands in the nearest Parisian gutter. It was that moment that changed my life... I threw away my hair dryer, my rolling luggage and my dignity. I let my hair go natural, I bought a back pack and I CAMPED through Europe for a month and a half. Yes my friends, I crossed over into a savage traveling beast. Ok, a lot of people travel that way. But I didn't. And I'm so incredibly thankful for that rainy day in Paris that made me realize the world is a pretty sweet place. That realization led me on a quest; a quest to get out there, see things, soak up some local culture and eat my way around the world (with minimal food-related illnesses, such as but not limited to raging diarrhea).

9 Comments on Moon Walking Through the Burren Region of Ireland

  1. If only you had a MTV Moon Man statue to include in the pictures… 😉

  2. Wow beautiful and amazing

  3. This is absolutely gorgeous!

  4. Amazing landscape…I have big desire to visit Ireland. Maybe one day 🙂

    • Maybe?! Make it happen! Seriously, I had the time of my life! And I cannot recommend Shamrocker Adventures Tours enough!! Check them out… You’ll see so much!

  5. I stayed at Kinlay House last year and visited the Burren region as well. Fantastic trip! Loved the hostel and made friends that I still connect with to this date! Can’t wait to go back; hopefully later this year. Thanks for sharing!

    • Yes, the hostel was great! It was so easy to make friends with all the amazing people there! Hope you make it back soon! (Stuff me in your suitcase if you do, ok?!)

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