Frequently Asked Questions
Who coordinates the Burren Winterage Weekend?
The Burren Winterage Weekend is a community-led initiative that is coordinated by the local landscape charity, the Burrenbeo Trust, with voluntary support from the Burren Irish Farmers Association and the Burren Farming for Conservation Programme. It runs on a shoestring budget with the support of many individuals donating their time and other local resources, such as venues, to the event.
Where is the event taking place?
The Burren Winterage Weekend does not have a set central location; it is based throughout the Burren region and the 'hubs' and host communities change each year. This year (2019) the main hub is Lisdoonvarna.
What can I expect?
A wide range of farming, heritage, cultural and family events - there's something for everyone! A detailed Programme for the 2019 Winterage Weekend will be available soon. The information on the website will be updated regularly and the full 2019 programme will be available to download closer to the event.
Do I have to pay to attend or is the weekend free?
Some of the events have overheads to cover, and some don't, some events are funded, some are not, and some events are fundraisers for the local charity, Burrenbeo Trust. Burren Winterage School is a ticketed event and you can book tickets for it here.
Do I have to book the events in advance?
Some events you have to book in advance due to capacity levels and others you can just turn up on the day. Have a look at the events that you want to go to on the programme and see if you have to book it in advance. It is recommended to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Who should come to the events?
The Burrenbeo Winterage Weekend is a community event which welcomes our members, local residents and visitors; unfortunately we are not equipped to accommodate large groups or those who are trying to make a commercial gain from the event.
How do I get there?
For information on how to get to Lisdoonvarna, please follow this link. There are several 'gateways' to the Burren including Kinvara, Kilfenora, Corofin and Gort depending on what direction you are coming from. Public transport is limited in the Burren however do check out for public bus options or for train options (nearby stations are Ennis and Gort). Many of the Burren Winterage Weekend events may need private transport. From the bigger cities to the edge of the Burren, distances are as follows:
Galway city centre to Lisdoonvarna: 64km/approx. 1 hour & 18 mins
Limerick to Corofin: 50km/approx. 45 mins
Dublin to Gort: 220km/approx. 2 hours & 15 mins
Where can I stay?
There is a wide variety of accommodation to suit your budget. To support the local businesses that are Burrenbeo Trust members, contact the following local accomodation providers:
Hazelwood Lodge (Ballyvaughan)
For all the Burrenbeo Trust business supporters click here.
Other Accomodation options
Airbnb gives a list of homestays or places you can rent: www.airbnb.com
A good range of guesthouses and hotels in the area are provided on www.booking.com
Burren Ecotourism Network gives a list of accommodation providers that have passed an ecotourism cert for the region www.burren.ie
Other towns and villages in the Burren also have websites with information or links to accommodation:
For Lisdoonvara: http://visitlisdoonvarna.ie
For the rest of the Clare villages go to www.clare.ie
What should I bring?
Clothing: Don’t forget waterproof clothing and prepare for the Atlantic weather (ie warm clothes)! Plus the Burren has very uneven terrain, please bring sensible walking shoes or preferably sturdy boots with ankle support for any of the outdoor activities. Any activity you embark in is at your own risk.
Money: There is an ATM in Lisdoonvarna (Jordan's Mace supermarket), Kinvara (Londis supermarket), Gort (banks), Ennistymon (banks), Corofin (Centra supermarket) otherwise it is best to bring cash though some shops do offer cashback if you spend over a certain amount.
Map: Here is a link to a jpeg of the Burren map with viewing points, monuments, walks and nature sites on it.
Can I film the cattle drive ?
This event is about the community moving their cattle together up into the landscape. You are welcome to film but contact us beforehand. Please don't go in the path of the cattle or effect the event in any way.
Who do I contact if I need further information?
Burrenbeo Trust is here for any queries, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
or on 091 638096.