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The Burren Way — five days through the Irish moonscape

© Clare County Council

The Burren Way — five days through the Irish moonscape

Hiking Collection by Irland

6-13

days

3-6 h

/ day

90.0 mi

5,825 ft

5,775 ft

To use the term ‘unique’ for Ireland’s Burren region is definitely not an exaggeration. With rocks, plateaus, rare plants, animals and butterflies, this karst landscape — as the approximately 250 square metre (647 sq km) limestone area is also called — is a masterpiece of nature. The Burren Way is a great option for exploring this exceptional region on foot.

From the Cliffs of Moher deep into the Burren National Park, the 143-kilometre (89 mi) Burren Way takes you through ‘An Bhoireann’ — the stony place — in five challenging sections. The stages of the official Burren Way are between 23 and 34.5 kilometres (14.3–21.4 mi) long. Of course, you can also divide the route into more than five stages if you’d prefer. As you can see in the overview, there’s also an option to end the walk after stage four.

As the Burren Way starts in Lahinch and ends either in Tubber (stage 5) or Corofin (stage 4), you should plan your arrival and departure in advance. For example, you can get to Lahinch from Dublin by train and bus via either Galway or Limerick. You can then leave the destination of the fourth stage via Limerick again by bus in the direction of Dublin. There’s also a bus stop in Tubber with a connection to Gort, served by Clare Bus (clarebus.ie). From Gort, you can catch a bus back to Lahinch or Dublin.

If you want to walk the Burren Way but would like some help with the planning, there are a number of local operators who can take care of your travel arrangements, accommodation and luggage transport. This way you can keep your mind free for hiking. If you plan the hike yourself, you'll find lots of friendly places to stay each night.

Hiking in Ireland is fantastic throughout the year. The mild climate allows you to set off in almost any season. Whether it's spring, autumn or summer, every season in the Burren brings new and different spectacles of nature. In spring, the flowers stretch out of the crevices towards the sun, and in autumn, the setting sun covers the karst landscape with a magical light.

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The Burren Way

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6,000 ft

6,000 ft

Last updated: December 20, 2021

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    Etappe 1: Von Lahinch nach Doolin – Burren Way

    Difficult
    08:05
    17.4 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The spray of the waves rises on the steep cliffs in front of you, the sea stretches for miles in the distance and one of the most spectacular views in all of Ireland opens up in front of you: The sun is shining on the green surface of the Cliffs of Moher, flowers add color accents and in front of you

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  • Difficult
    08:04
    18.3 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,500 ft
    1,525 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you hike in Ireland, you can cross several worlds in one day. This is also the case on the second stage of the Burren Way. While you leave Doolin in the morning with the traditional Irish music of the previous evening in your ears, the path leads you into the flat, green landscape near the coast.

    

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  • Difficult
    07:08
    16.4 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,300 ft
    875 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The third stage of the Burren Way takes you further into the Burren today. From Ballyvaughan, also called the gate of the Burren, you hike into the sparsely populated karst landscape. After almost three kilometers you will meet the beautiful Newtown Castle behind the village and then immerse yourself

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  • Difficult
    06:45
    15.8 mi
    2.3 mph
    650 ft
    1,025 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    There are two ways for you to end the Burren Way. Either you complete your hike after the fourth stage in Corofin or you add the fifth stage to the tour, which takes you back on the same path for a while towards Carran and then to Tubber.

    

    No matter which variant you choose, before you start the more than

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  • Difficult
    09:39
    22.0 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    After 110 kilometers that you have already covered, the fifth stage takes you 35 kilometers through the heart of the Burren. After following the path back a little in the morning, you turn into the Burren National Park and cross it to the east.

    

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    90.0 mi
  • Duration
    39:42 h
  • Elevation
    5,825 ft5,775 ft

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