Situated about 4 kilometres south of Blacklion, County Cavan lies the townland of Burren, it is a mountainous limestone area similar to the more famous Burren in County Clare. Burren comes from Gaelic word ‘Boireann’ meaning stony place. Recently there have been a number of surveys carried out in the Burren and Marlbank areas.
There is also now a wonderful megalithic trail through the forest, this trail is well signposted. Along the walking trail are an amazing variety of megalithic tombs, glacial erratics, hut sites, newly discovered rock art and even a promontory fort.
The Burren Forest was planted in the 1950s with a mix of Sitka Spruce and Lodgepole Pine with little consideration for the history and heritage of the area. However the forest may have helped to preserve this unique area as no land reclamation took place since then.
I had visited once before but without my camera which sometimes helps because you can get a good feel for the location without thinking about exposure settings etc plus no camera bag digging into your shoulders.
This time round it was grey and overcast without a stir of air and I had the forest to myself during my 3 hour visit . It was a little “atmospheric” at times in some of the darker shaded parts of the forest but fortunately I had never watched the Blair Witch Project so I could concentrate on the shots I wanted to get.
I,ts a fascinating place to visit and a great excuse to be out and about. Easy to find and signposted on the road between Glangevlin and Blacklion.