The Burren Way

Clare, Ireland

Holiday overview

Destination

Ireland


Type

Self Guided


Difficulty

Moderate


Month

Jan - Dec


Price

£ 485 pp


Duration

6 nights


The Burren in County Clare is a National Park and a Special Area of Conservation, an amazing limestone escarpment, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Aran Islands and Galway Bay.

The Burren in County Clare is a National Park and a Special Area of Conservation, an amazing limestone escarpment, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Aran Islands and Galway Bay. It is a short walking route of 45km (26.5miles), which follows the Clare coastline, the Cliffs of Moher and crosses the limestone plateau. Spring abounds with wildflowers – gentians, bloody cranesbill, wild orchids.

 

Price:

£485 per person sharing. £75 single supplement.

 

Included:

  • 6 nights Bed & Breakfast in guesthouse accommodation
  • Luggage transfers each day
  • Detailed route descriptions and 1:50000 maps.

 

Not Included:

  • Transportation to/from home
  • Other meals
  • Transfers to Liscannor and from Ballyvaughan
  • Entries or excursions.

 

Suggested Extra Options:

Overnight on the Aran Islands to fully explore this unique culture. Extra night in Ennis town, to see the abbey and pay a visit to Glor, Ireland’s traditional theatre of arts.

 

Departure Dates:

April to October.

The trail starts at Liscannor and finishes in Ballyvaughan. Our route includes a loop walk around Black Head and village locations for each overnight stay. You will also have a chance to visit one of the Aran Islands on your free day in Doolin, which is the home of Irish traditional music. The Burren Way follows old green roads and 60% of the hiking is on quiet country roads. On occasion it crosses the main tourist road. It is well signposted with wooden or stone yellow markers and road signs. With superb walking and scenery, it is also the least remote of our tours in Ireland as you are never very far from settlements

 

Day 1:

Arrival in Liscannor.

 

Day 2:

Walk Liscannor to Doolin via the Cliffs of Moher cliff path. Overnight Doolin.

14 kms/8.75 miles

 

Day 3:

Optional visit Inis Oirr, smallest of the Aran Islands by boat (not included). Walk the Inis Oirr Way footpath to see traditional island life and limestone cliffs. Overnight Doolin.

10 kms/6.5 miles

 

Day 4:

Walk Doolin to Fanore past Ballinalacken Castle and on the Burren Way green road. You are entering the “real limestone country” with rare wild flowers. Overnight Fanore.

20 km/12.5 miles

 

Day 5:

Climb Black Head and Gleninagh mountain. Visit 1st century Celtic ringfort and descend via the Caher river, one of the few above ground water courses! Overnight Fanore.

12 kms/7.5 miles

 

Day 6:

Walk Fanore to Ballyvaughan up the Khyber Pass following the Caher River. Descend into Lismacteigue. Overnight Ballyvaughan.

16 kms/10 miles

 

Day 7:

Depart Ballyvaughan after breakfast.

ACCOMMODATION

B+B accommodation in guesthouses usually in rooms with ensuite bathroom

 

GETTING THERE

Shannon is the nearest airport.

 

WHAT TO TAKE

Sturdy walking boots and walking socks (with a change of socks in rucksack), rucksack/day pack, 1 x water bottle with 1 litre capacity, insect repellent, sun glasses, sun hat, sun block/cream, compass, torch, first-aid kit.

 

WHEN TO GO

Mid-April to mid-September. Accommodation will be difficult to obtain on UK national holidays unless booked well in advance (and may require an alteration to the programme).

 

INSURANCE

We recommend that you take out appropriate holiday insurance covering you against illness, injury, and loss or damage to luggage. This insurance should also cover the possibility of your having to cancel your holiday for whatever reason.