A walking holiday in Ireland featuring the Cliffs of Moher and the unique limestone escarpment of The Burren. This 7-day walking tour starts in Liscannor and finishes on the north Clare coast at Ballyvaughan, overlooking Galway Bay.
- The Burren! An amazing environment like no other part of Ireland. With a resident community determined on every level to protect where they reside. www.burrenbeo.ie
- Karst micro-climate for stunning flora
- Atlantic views and the Aran Islands
Public bus services from Shannon or Galway airports via Ennis and Lahinch.
Overnight accommodation in Liscannor.
Day 2 – Liscannor to Doolin via Cliffs of Moher
Walk along the coastal path overlooking Liscannor Bay and through the farmlands of Kilconnell to reach the cliff path at Hag’s Head. Dramatic scenery as you walk above the sheer cliffs that fall 100m to the Atlantic. Pass the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre and follow the green road into Doolin village, the home of traditional Irish music.
Distance 19km. Ascents 185m. Approximate walking time 5 hours.
Overnight accommodation in Doolin Village.
Day 3 – Free Day in Doolin
Enjoy a day in Doolin village, its traditional fishing atmosphere and ancient burial grounds keep its presence in the past. Or consider a boat trip to one of the Aran Islands to explore cliffs and limestone formations and the unique culture of island dwellers. Miles of dry stone walls and centuries of history await you! Walking is available in a circular route of 10 / 14km on the Aran Islands Way.
Overnight accommodation in Doolin village.
Day 4 – Doolin to Fanore
Climb onto the Burren plateau via the old road with wonderful views of the Atlantic coast to the west and east to the scarred limestone hills. Descend to the Caher valley, one of the only rivers above ground! This section offers views North and West of craggy coastline and unusual “striped” lulls caused by layering of limestone. Fanore is a gorgeous coastal settlement; golden sands, undulating dunes, stone walls, flagstone rocks.
Distance 20km. Ascents 285m. Approximate walking time 6 hours.
Overnight accommodation in Fanore townland.
Day 5 – Free Day in Fanore
Today is free for a number of options. A circular walk around Black Head climbs to 1st century Caher Dun Irghus and Gleninagh Mountain. A gentler route takes you along the coast following dunes and beaches to the Black Head lighthouse. Then there’s always the chance of an Atlantic swim!
Distance 12km. Ascents 317m. Approximate walking time 4 hours.
Overnight accommodation in Fanore townland.
Day 6 – Fanore to Ballyvaughan
Back into limestone country for the last walk to Ballyvaughan village. Over the Khyber Pass, before descending by the Rathborney River to restored 15th century Newtown Castle a stronghold of the O’Loughlin clan. Ballyvaughan is a sheltered fishing port looking across Galway Bay.
Distance 16km. Ascents 240m. Approximate walking time 4 hours.
Overnight accommodation in Ballyvaughan village.
Day 7 – Departure from Ballyvaughan
Scheduled bus service to Galway or Ennis for onward connections.
Optional Extra Day
Circular walk from Ballyvaughan to the 12th century Churches at Oughtamama, Cormcomroe Abbey and superb views from Turlough Hill. Overnight at Ballyvaughan
Distance 18km. Ascents 540m. Approximate walking time 5 hours.
Prices & Booking
€66 single supplement.
* Luggage transfers each day;
* Detailed route descriptions;
* Relevant 1:50000 maps.
What’s not included:
* Other meals.
* Entries or excursions.
* Transfers to Liscannor or from Ballyvaughan.
May 2015 – C. Mannion, Alberta, Canada
I am sitting at my table at home, marveling at my Irish journey. It was life changing. I wish I had taken more pictures so I could go back and be in the same spots over again. Thank you for planning the journey and for the wonderful introduction to fine people and beautiful places. The whole trip was wonderful Deirdre and the highlights were your B&B people.
September 2014, – Susan & Roberta, SF< California, USA
The Burren was magnificent. We have had a remarkable time and we both feel a kinship to your very special country. We thank you so very much for the fantastic Trip you arranged for us. It exceeded all our expectations.
August 2014 – Nadia, Bristol, UK
Extraordinary. What an absolutely extraordinary place. I am so lucky to have been there.
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