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Geology Field School

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Karst Landscape at Caherconnell Geology Field SchoolThe Burren Geology Field School at Caherconnell

Caherconnell Stone Fort is a Medieval fort with a long history and is the site of ongoing archaeological excavations by the Caherconnell Archaeology Field School.

For the first time in this unique landscape, there is a Geology Field School that offers some of the best examples in the world of Mississippian carbonate platform development, Pennsylvanian Deltaic sedimentation as well as glaciokarst geomorphology and cave formation.

Located on the western edge of Ireland in the famous Burren region of County Clare, the deep archaeological heritage, wonderful landscape and above all the people of Clare make this a truly unique Geology Field School.

Geology Field School Course June 5th – June 20th 2017

6ECTS or 3 US Credit hours

For Course Pricing please click here

The course is introductory level for students with no previous experience although it is also a valuable resource for the experienced geologist to explore the geology of the Burren and west coast of Clare.

This is very much a field-based geology course, taught classes are in the morning at Caherconnell Stone Fort in the very heart of the Burren with daily trips to key geological sites throughout north and west Clare.

This module is designed to offer a good introduction to Carboniferous carbonate and siliclastic sedimentation as well as karst and cave development. Cost includes accommodation, food, fieldwork transport and daily shuttle to and from Kilfenora.

Why choose The Burren Geology Field School?

  •  The Cliffs of Moher are just one of the many spectacular coastal sections that are used by the Field School
  •  Enjoy unparalleled outcrop exposure in a world famous glacio-karst landscape
  •  Learn at field sites that are used by the leading multinational oil companies for staff training on deltaic sedimentation
  •  Access to unimproved caves as well as commercial show caves gives a complete 3D understanding of the geology and hydrology
  •  Completion of Field Journal based on hands-on experience of outcrop description, measured sections and field sketches.
  •  Introduction to carbonate platform sedimentation, biostratigraphy and palaeoecology
  •  Course delivered by award-winning educators and researchers from National University of Ireland (Galway) who actively publish on the area.
  •  Accommodation, food and daily transport to field sites included in cost.
  •  Supported by the UNESCO-endorsed Burren and Cliffs of Moher Global Geopark and the Geological Survey of Ireland
  •  Our standards of instruction are high and this is what we will pass on to you.
  •  Experience all of this in the safe environment and stunning landscape of the Burren and western Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way

Everything taken care of – we organise accommodation, meals, daily transport, weekend learning, on-site lectures and daily tuition. Come along and join the team!



Accommodation for the The Burren Geology Field School is provided by Orla at the quaint Kilfenora Hostel.

Situated in the historic town of Kilfenora this will be your home during your stay.  It is both comfortable and conveniently located beside the ever popular Vaughan’s Bar and Restaurant where music, Irish dancing and a good old chat are complimentary. You will be eating dinner at Vaughan’s each evening during your stay (covered by fees). Click here to view the dinner menu.


Class and field work tutors are highly qualified geologists with many years of experience in the area and most are based in the department of Earth and Ocean Sciences at NUI Galway.