Geopark - From Slovenia and China to the Burren

Burren Geopark revalidation Burren Smokehouse

Burren Geopark revalidation Hotel Doolin Burren Smokehouse

Burren Geopark revalidation Roadside Tavern

Did you know that we are living next to a Geopark?

Designated with UNESCO Global Geopark status in 2011 and revalidated in 2015, the Burren & Cliffs of Moher is seeking revalidation this month as a UNESCO Global Geopark.

We had the opportunity, together with many other members of the Burren Food Trail, to showcase the Burren businesses at the Revalidation Reception to welcome the two UNESCO evaluators from China and Slovenia earlier last week in Hotel Doolin.

The next day, the delegation visited a good number of the Burren Ecotourism members, and also stopped at the Burren Smokehouse and the Roadside Tavern!

The Burren & Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark supports people and organisations to work together to ensure a cared-for landscape, a better-understood heritage, more sustainable tourism, a vibrant community and strengthened livelihoods.

In the first picture you can see (l-r): Birgitta Hedin Curtin (Burren Smokehouse), Siobhan Power (Geological Survey of Ireland), Tim Madden (Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark), Ms Sanja Marija Pellis (Idrija UNESCO Global Geopark, Slovenia), Prof Zhizhong Zhao (Centre of National Geoparks, Beijing), Eamon Doyle (Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark), Colin Bunce (Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark), Cormac McGinley (Walking guide of Cormac's Coast)