The Burren Way
The Burren in County Clare is a National Conservation Area, an amazing limestone escarpment, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. Burren is an English word, derived from the gaelic “boireann”, a rocky place. But the Burren is shaped more by water than by rock. Underground, there are thousands of streams and rivers. 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.
It is a short walking route of 45km (26.5miles), which follows the Clare coastline, Cliffs of Moher and crosses the limestone plateau.Spring abounds with wildflowers – gentians, bloody cranesbill, wild orchids.
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 40% 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 as you are never very far from settlements.
Riverside Sculputre Walk
The meandering River Fergus runs through the middle of Ennis, and is a well-known trout and salmon fishery. At one time small sailing boats made their way up-river from the Shannon and berthed in the centre of the town at Woodquay. A recent riverside development is a pleasant walk, along which some superb pieces of sculpture have been erected.
Lough Derg Way
Lough Derg is one of three major lakes on the River Shannon – Ireland’s longest river. This route follows the river for its mouth in historic Limerick City, past the hydro-electric power station upstream at Ardnacrusha. Then, after the twin tourist towns of Killaloe/Ballina, the walker is taken on a glorious walk of spectacular views along the eastern shores of the lake – with many interesting places to take time out. Route Details: Limerick, O’Briens’s Bridge, Killaloe, Dromineer. Total Distance: 52km/32 miles. Longest Stage: Limerick to O’Brien’s Bridge – 18km/11 miles. Highest Point: Tountinna – 462m/1520ft.