DAY 1: Arrival in Liscannor
From your point of arrival, use the public transport information we provide to make the journey to Liscannor.
DAY 2: Liscannor to Doolin
18km • 4 - 6 hours • (↑) 240m
It is hard not to get excited about this first day of walking the Burren Way. Following the coastal tracks overlooking Liscannor Bay, the trail leads up to the southern end of the world famous Cliffs of Moher. From here, you have breath-taking views as the cliffs rise vertically more than 200m from the sea. The walk then continues for 10km along the cliffs on one of the most spectacular coastal paths in Europe until you come to the small village of Doolin, renowned for live Irish music.
DAY 3: Doolin to Fanore
18km • 4 - 6 hours • (↑) 250m
You have the opportunity to visit Doolin Cave and the Great Stalactite before making your way through the quiet farm lands near Lisdoonvarna. After a gentle climb up the side of Slieve Elva you can enjoy great views of the Atlantic coast and towards the Aran Islands. You'll end this day near the beautiful beach of Fanore.
DAY 4: Black Head Loop
18km • 4 - 6 hours • (↑) 500m
Note: Although this walking tour as a whole is classed as 'Moderate', this particular hike is 'Challenging'.
An ancient ‘Green Road’ brings you to lonely Black Head with splendid views over Galway Bay. The route continues on a narrow trail along cliffs before it joins an old Mass Path, leading into the fertile Gleninagh Valley. After passing an impressive Celtic stone fort, you descend towards the Caher River and return to Fanore past a deserted village and through the ‘Khyber Pass’.
DAY 5: Fanore to Ballyvaughan
18km • 4 - 6 hours • (↑) 400m
From the hills above Fanore you can enjoy some last views across the Atlantic before crossing the shoulder of Slieve Elva towards the Caher Valley. Another ridge brings you into the fertile Rathborney River Valley. After passing the 16th century Newtown Castle you cross through fields and woodland before arriving in Ballyvaughan, your stop for the night.
DAY 6: Departure from Ballyvaughan
There is a regular bus service from Ballyvaughan to Galway and from there to Dublin, Limerick and Shannon. Full details provided upon booking.