Discover the Irish moonscape and its beautiful views.
Describing this region as ‘unique’ does not fall far from the truth.
The Burren Way is a relatively short walking route of 77km (49 miles) in County Clare on Ireland’s west coast. Offering superb coastal and interior walks following old tracks and green roads, the route combines quiet country walking with a village atmosphere at Doolin and Ballyvaughan.
Burren is an English word from the Gaelic boireann, meaning “rocky place”, but the Burren is shaped more by water than by rock. Underground, there are thousands of streams and rivers and it exists because it is perfectly balanced, at the edge of the sea, at the end of the land, made of rock that was once eroded from above and is now being eroded from below.
During your walk you’ll visit Doolin, home of traditional Irish music. You’ll discover a vibrant village with plenty of music and craic to be had every night.
The Burren National Park draws its name from the Irish boíreann, but don’t let its name fool you into thinking you are heading into a rocky desert – Burren has been referred to as fertile rock and it’s internationally famous for its landscape and unique flora!
The Burren is one of the largest karst limestone landscapes in Europe. You’ll feel like you’re walking on the moon!
This surface affords excellent drainage, so most tracks are dry or rocky paths. The route itself is well-signposted with brown Burren Way signposts and trail markers.
Choose the Walking & Hiking Itinerary that suits you best.
The full Burren Way is rated MODERATE. Navigating is easy with excellent waymarking and our detailed Route Notes and maps. Our Burren tours are appropriate for walkers with good fitness, comfortable walking 12-24km (8-15mi) per day with ascents up to 317m (1,040 ft). Our tours include optional routes, so please look at daily itineraries for details regarding daily distance and ascents.
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