Almost devoid of trees and surface water, it has been described as ‘lunar’ in its appearance, an ancient limestone plateau beneath which is a labyrinth of pot-holes, caves, streams and lakes. Surprisingly, this bizarre and apparently hostile environment is a botanist’s paradise as around ¾ of Ireland’s plant species are found in the Burren.
This trip begins at Doolin on the west coast of Clare. After visiting the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, which fall 200 m sheer into the Atlantic, you follow the Burren Way to Doolin. The following day’s walk, also along the Burren Way, brings you to the village of Ballyvaughan on Clare’s north coast. You will also explore the barren karst landscape to the east of Ballyvaughan.
Day 1: Arrive to Doolin where you will be spending your first night. On arrival at your first accommodation, your hostess will give you your full Detailed Information pack. She will also be able to recommend some of the excellent local restaurants and suggest some of the pubs where you will find great traditional Irish music.
Access for this holiday is made by a taxi or bus connection from Galway or Shannon Airports to Doolin. This service is available all year round.
Day 2: You will be driven guesthouse to the start of your walk at the Cliffs of Moher (9 km) From here you follow the “Burren Way” along the cliff tops to “Hags Head” & return the same route but enjoying a completely different panorama. On arrival back to the Visitor Centre where you started this walk – you will then follow the “Burren Way” along old green roads and one primary road to finish back in Doolin Village.
Alternatively – should you wish to avail of this opportunity to visit the wonderful Aran Islands – your morning transport will take you to the pier in Doolin to avail of one of the many ferry services out & back to any of the three islands. Overnight in Doolin.
Walk Details: For Cliffs of Moher walk – Distance: 17 km. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Ascent: Level – descending at end of day. Some road walking, muddy and rocky grass tracks, can be wet underfoot. Boots essential. Walking close to exposed cliff edge.
Day 3: You will be driven a short distance from your guesthouse to the start of your walk at Ballinalacken Castle. From here you follow the “Burren Way” along old green roads into the heart of the Burren, with wonderful limestone pavements and walls all around you. There are fantastic views over Galway Bay and the Aran Islands as you continue on, passing Fermoyle Chapel, to Lismacsheedy. Old ring forts can be found along the way as you continue on past the impressive Newtown Castle and finish in Ballyvaughan. Overnight in Ballyvaughan.
Walk Details: Distance: 20 km. Duration: 6 hours. Max. Ascent: 250 m. Some road walking, muddy and rocky grass tracks, can be wet underfoot. Boots essential.
Day 4: A short drive will take you to the start of today’s walk. Walking across Moneen Mountain and continuing on over to the magnificent Turlough Hill with it’s Iron Age Ring Fort – you then descend to the historical Corcomroe Abbey to finish your walk at Bell Harbour. Return to Ballyvaughan for overnight.
Walk Details: Distance: 18 km. Duration: 6 hours. Max. Ascent: 280 m. Rocky walking with no clear path a lot of the way. Some road walking. Boots essential.
Day 5: After a full Irish Breakfast depart for Galway City, where there is a good Bus/Train Service all the major cities/Airports.
Single Room Supplement: 5-day €150
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