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Burren Way – 7 Day Self-Guided Walking Tour
3 - Ireland, Burren Way | Self-Guided Walking Tours | 7 Days | £546
The Burren Way, on part of the Wild Atlantic Way is a waymarked hiking trail from Liscannor to Ballyvaughan. The Way passes the infamous Cliffs of Moher and through a landscape dominated by limestone rock pavements and beautiful sea views.
Tour Pricing & Dates
7 Day Tour – £546 per person sharing
Single Supplement – +£180
Tour Dates – Available March to October
Tour Grade – Easy
Accommodation – Guesthouse (en suite)
Day 1 Liscannor
Using public transport you will make your way to Liscannor in County Clare from where you will start your Burren Way section of the tour. Liscannor on the west coast of Clare and Ireland is a popular village with both anglers and walkers alike.
Day 2 Liscannor to Doolin via the Cliffs of Moher
From Liscannor the trail takes you along a country road that overlooks Liscannor Bay, through the farmland of Kilconnell to join a cliff path at Hags Head, where the steep ground and breathtaking cliffs are home to numerous types of wildflowers and breeding sea birds. The route leads you to the famous Cliff’s of Moher, which reach up from the Atlantic Ocean to a height of 214m. Here you have the option to explore the fabulous new visitors centre before continuing your journey to the village of Doolin, renowned world-wide as the traditional music capital of Ireland. Distance: 19km, Ascent 205m Approximate walking time: 5.5 hrs
Day 3 Rest Day, Doolin
Doolins’ history is evident in the bare limestone landscape, in the form of Ringforts and kilometres of stone walls forming ancient field systems. Everyone who visits Doolin takes something individual away with them, from having been part of inspiring music sessions to having found the peace to meditate on life’s challenges. You can explore the area around Doolin on foot or by bike (bikes are available for hire) or use the opportunity to visit Inihseer, the smallest of the three Aran Islands. From Doolin it is an a short ferry journey from Doolin quay, across to Iniseer (Inis Oir). Iniseer still holds onto Irish as its first language and the 300 residents still speak it as part of their every- day life. The island is an extension of the Burren in that it has been shaped by the same glacial processes as the mainland.
Day 4 Doolin to Fanore
Today’s route is a superb section of the trail that takes you through the hinterland of Ballynahown and onto the plateau of the Burren. You will traverse under Slieve Elva, the highest mountain in the area, and if you are feeling up to it, a short diversion will take you to the summit (344m) Your descent takes you into the Caher Valley and down by the only over ground river in the Burren, the Caher River. Distance: 20km, Ascent: 290m Approx walking time: 6 hrs
Day 5 Fanore to Ballyvaughan
Almost all of today’s walk sees you on old quiet country roads, that loop around Black Head, where you will have some superb views over Galway Bay, the Aran Islands and across to the Connemara Mountains in County Galway. Your day will finish in the quiet fishing port of Ballyvaughan. Distance: 16 km, Ascent: 240m Approximate walking time: 4.5 hrs
Day 6 Ballyvaughan Wood Loop
Today’s route will take you on a circular trail, starting and finishing in Ballyvaughan. The first section of the loop goes through a network of small fields with the distinctive stone walls of the Burren, and small areas of mainly Hazel trees, known in Irish folklore as ‘the tree of wisdom’. On your way around you will have a chance to visit the Burren farm shop and the Aillwee Caves. As you return to Ballyvaughan, you will travel along old green roads which are havens for the rare and beautiful flowers of the Burren. Distance: 10 km, Ascent: 120m Approximate walking time: 3 hrs
Day 7 Depart
Your tour ends today and you will make your onward travels by public transport from Ballyvaughan.
✓ 6 nights B&B
✓ All accommodation is pre-booked in approved family-run guesthouses with all rooms en-suite
✓ Maps and all route notes
✓ All transport where/if required within the tour Luggage Transfers daily while you walk
✓ All information on trains or buses needed to get to your first accommodation and back at the end of the tour
✓ Full back up service should you require it while on our tour