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Burren Way & Western Way – 9 Day
3 - Ireland, Burren Way, Connemara & The West | Self-Guided Walking Tours | 9 Days | £656
This 9 Day Tour combines the Way marked trails of the Burren Way and the Western Way.
Firstly, you will explore the Burren Way from Liscannor to Ballyvaughan passing the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. The second part of the tour takes you to the gateway of Connemara and Oughterard and walking through the mountains of Connemara to Leenaun and Killary Ford.
Tour Pricing & Dates
9 Day Tour – £656 per person sharing
Single Supplement – +£240
Tour Dates – Available March to October
Tour Grade – Easy to Moderate
Accommodation – Guesthouse (en suite)
Day 1 Arrive Liscannor, County Clare
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 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 4 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 5 Travel to Oughterard, County Galway
Oughterard is a traditional village, nestled beside Lough Corrib (the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland), at the start of the Connemara Mountain Range and only 17km from Galway City.
Day 6 Oughterard to Maam
This walk takes you along the south-western shore of Lough Corrib one of the great western lakes of Europe, known practically all over for its trout and salmon fishing and its myriad of islands. Onto the town land of Curraun More, across the Owenree River and through the forest of Folore to join the Maam Road and your first glimpses of the breathtaking mountains of Connemara. This is a perfect introduction to the Connemara countryside, where you will see the landscape change from picturesque to truly wild, where it has largely been untouched by the modern world. Distance: 21km, Ascent: 110m Approximate walking Time: 5.5 hrs
Day 7 The Pilgrim Trail
You will witness today the transformation of the landscape from yesterdays delightful scenery to the increasingly untamed, as you walk amidst the splendour of the Mamturk Mountains (The Pass of the Pig). The trail follows an old pilgrim route that rises gently between mountains at Maumean (the valley of the bird). Crossing the spine of the Mamturk Mountains you will be presented with some fantastic views in both directions, back into the Maam Valley and ahead to the “Twelve Bens” mountain range on the far side of the Inagh Valley with its stunning lake dotted with islands and a Crannog (an ancient manmade lake dwelling). Distance: 15 km, Ascent 280m Approximate walking time: 4.5 hrs
Day 8 Leenaun
You depart Lough Inagh by walking directly from your accommodation via an old road that dates back hundreds or possibly thousands of years. The trail contours the base of the Mamturk Mountains passing some old ruined deserted settlements as you travel. This area is now completely uninhabited and has been since the time of the great famine of 1845. This is one of the most remote parts of the trail where there is a sense of peace and a great distance from the bustle of modern life and its conflicts. As you descend into the village of Leenaun some great views will open up to you of Ireland’s only fjord “Killary Fjord”. Your day finishes in Leenaun, a village nestling on the shore of Killary Harbour and backed by the mountains. Distance: 14 km, Ascent 85m Approximate walking time 4 hrs
Day 9 Depart
Your tour ends in Leenaun from where you will make your onward journey.
✓ 8 nights B&B
✓ All accommodation is pre-booked in approved family-run guesthouses with all rooms en-suite
✓ Breakfast is supplied each day
✓ Maps and Waterproof Route Notes
✓ Luggage transfers while you walk with a small day pack
✓ 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.
X Transfers from Ballyvaughan to Oughterard