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Route Overview

Where is the Burren Way trail?

The Burren Way is located in Co. Clare on the southwest coast of Ireland. It takes in the best of what the Burren area has to offer – from the rugged coastline overlooking the Atlantic Ocean to prehistoric monuments and majestic limestone terraces. Our longest tours cover the full Burren Way trail, traversing 120km (75 miles) across this magical and unique landscape.

The word ‘Burren’ comes from ‘Boireann’, or stony district, and refers to an area of spectacular terraced limestone hills and hidden valleys that form the northern part of County Clare. With an area of 130 square kilometres (50 square miles), it is one of the largest karst limestone landscapes in Europe.

Rainbow and the Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher

Why choose the Burren Way trail?

The Burren Way comprises all of the best qualities of the Burren, from its dramatic cliffs to its majestic wild-flower-decorated-limestone terraces. Admire the unique area’s flora and fauna while watching the Atlantic waves crash against the iconic Cliffs of Moher, rearing more than 200 metres vertically out of the sea. Enhancing the already majestic surroundings are hundreds of miles of rambling stone walls and a unique density of well-preserved monuments. Buildings ranging from the Neolithic era to the early Christian period remain a rich treasure trove for history buffs, while the rare wildflowers add to the Burren’s quirky charm.

Best time to visit? Busiest periods etc.

For the best experience on the Burren Way trail the summer months are an ideal time to visit, as attractions and places to eat will have better opening hours and the weather will be more desirable. In general, the trail isn’t the busiest walking trail but the Cliffs of Moher are an extremely popular bus and day trip tourist destination, so you can expect larger amounts of footfall around the visitor centre section of the cliffs.

How long does it take to walk?

Depending on your fitness level and preferred pace you can complete the route in a varied number of days. This also depends on how many photos of stunning natural beauty you like to take while hiking! Many walkers will complete the full route in between 4 to 5 walking days.

Hillwalk Tours offers two different levels of difficulty on the Burren Way Trail; Moderate and Challenging (on a lot of our trails we also offer a gentle option). Within these levels, you can choose between 5 to 8-day hiking tours completing either the full route or part of it.

Moderate: With an Average hiking distance of 18km (11 miles) per day and an average hiking time of 4-6 hours per day, this option will give you plenty of time to feel into the land, enjoy the landscape, take some photos, and enjoy some culture and food along the way.

Challenging: With an Average hiking distance of 23-26km (14-16 miles) per day and an average hiking time of 5-7 hours per day, this level will suit people who are used to some regular exercise or who have done some previous hiking. There might be more walking in a day but there should still be time for photos and to relax over lunch.

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Best time for walking the Burren Way (seasons, HWT season Oct-Mar, daylight etc.)

The west coast of Ireland has a mild, but changeable, climate all year and is not noted for any extreme weather conditions. There is rainfall throughout the year, but is light overall. However, due to it being a coastal county, Clare does tend to be wetter than the average as it is prone to the full force of Atlantic storms particularly in the late autumn.

When hiking in Ireland, walkers can expect to experience all four seasons in one day, so come prepared! However, that said, each season does bring it’s own set of characteristics.

Spring (March, April, and May)

Average temperature: 5 °C – 13 °C

Although cooler than the Summer months, there can often be less rain during Springtime.

Summer (June, July, and August)

Average temperature: 12 °C – 19 °C

Summer is the warmest time to visit the west coast, but there are typically no extremes and all sorts of conditions can still be experienced.

Autumn (September, October, and November)

Average temperature: 7°C – 14 °C

In the autumn as the climate cools down, and the daylight hours start to shorten, it can be cloudy and windy. The day light hours in November can be quite short, which is why Hillwalk Tours do not offer tours along the trail for this month.

Winter (December, January, and February)

Average temperature: 3 °C – 9 °C

The Hillwalk Tours Walking season runs from March to October each year so you will not be able to book with us during these months. If you do decide to walk at this time of year it is worth noting that it will be colder than normal, there will be near Nordic levels of daylight, and there could be frost and ice, so take care!

Karst Limestone Rock of the Burren in Ireland
Spectacular landscape of the Burren region of County Clare, Ireland. Exposed karst limestone bedrock at the Burren National Park. Rough Irish nature.

Tour Route

Types of Trails

Depending on your level of fitness and your own personal preference, our Burren Way trail comes in two options; Moderate and Challenging levels. Because the limestone surface affords excellent drainage most of the route is on dry or rocky tracks and you will rarely get your boots muddy, but can sometimes be hard underfoot. The total aggregate ascent is approximately 1,500m (4,920ft) over the entire route and there are only a few short, steeper climbs involved. Overall the trail is relatively flat and easy to manage. The exception is the hike around Black Head, which is, in places, a little more challenging and can also be a little overgrown at certain times of the year.

Moderate Hikes

The moderate option of this trail covers 18km or 11 miles per day, with the average hiking time being 4-6 hours per day. This moderate level is for walkers of a decent level of fitness who would like to fit more walking in to each day while still having plenty of down time to enjoy the sights and culture.

Challenging Hikes

The other option for this trail is the moderate hike, which averages 23-26km or 14-16 miles in distance each day, with the average hiking time being 5-7 hours per day. This challenging level is for walkers of a high level of fitness who would like to set off in the morning without stopping until they reach their destination.

hiking trail with stone walls in burren mountains
Hiking trail with stone walls in Burren mountains, Fanore, Clare, Ireland

Hillwalk route notes & location to location stages

Liscannor or Lahinch – Doolin

It is hard not to get excited about this first day of walking the Burren Way. On our longer challenging tour, you will start your hike from the seaside town of Lahinch, and stroll along the beach towards Liscannor. From Liscannor, you will follow coastal tracks overlooking Liscannor Bay, before 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.

Doolin – Fanore

Today 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 from where a short transfer will bring you back to your accommodation in Doolin.

Black Head Loop

In the morning you will be transferred back to Fanore where 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’. A short transfer will return you to your accommodation in Doolin. 

Overall this stage can be challenging in comparison to the previous days hiking.

Fanore – Ballyvaughan

Transfer to Fanore in the morning where, 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.

Ballyvaughan – Carran

After crossing through a mystical limestone landscape, you’ll suddenly find yourself in an Irish bog. But don’t fear, you will soon be walking between stone walled fields and passing ancient Celtic monuments. You’ll also have the chance to visit sheep dog demonstrations and a 6,000 year old dolmen before making your way to the largest seasonal lake in north-west Europe.

Carran – Corofin

This walk has very few climbs and might be one of the most relaxing days of your holiday. From Carran the trail takes you above the Castletown River and onwards past ancient ringforts and magical portal tombs – through enchanted woodlands and around the beautiful Inchiquin Lough, before arriving at Corofin, the end of the Burren Way trail.

Sample Itineraries

5 Day Moderate

Day 1: Arrival in Liscannor

Day 2: Liscannor – Doolin (11.2 Miles / 18 Km)

Day 3: Doolin – Fanore (11.2 Miles / 18 Km)

Day 4: Fanore – Ballyvaughan (13 or 16.2 Miles / 21 or 26 Km)

Day 5: Departure from Ballyvaughan

6 Day Moderate

Day 1: Arrival in Liscannor

Day 2: Liscannor – Doolin (11.2 Miles / 18 Km)

Day 3: Doolin – Fanore (11.2 Miles / 18 Km)

Day 4: Black Head Loop (11.2 Miles / 18 Km)

Day 5: Fanore – Ballyvaughan (11.2 Miles / 18 Km)

Day 6: Departure from Ballyvaughan

7 Day Moderate

Day 1: Arrival in Liscannor

Day 2: Liscannor – Doolin (11.2 Miles / 18 Km)

Day 3: Doolin – Fanore (11.2 Miles / 18 Km)

Day 4: Fanore – Ballyvaughan (13 or 16.2 Miles / 21 or 26 Km)

Day 5: Ballyvaughan – Carran (11.2 Miles / 18 Km)

Day 6: Carran – Corofin (11.2 Miles / 18 Km)

Day 7: Departure from Corofin

8 Day Moderate

Day 1: Arrival in Liscannor

Day 2: Liscannor – Doolin (11.2 Miles / 18 Km)

Day 3: Doolin – Fanore (11.2 Miles / 18 Km)

Day 4: Black Head Loop (11.2 Miles / 18 Km)

Day 5: Fanore – Ballyvaughan (11.2 Miles / 18 Km)

Day 6: Ballyvaughan – Carran (11.2 Miles / 18 Km)

Day 7: Carran – Corofin (11.2 Miles / 18 Km)

Day 8: Departure from Corofin

5 Day Challenging

Day 1: Arrival in Lahinch

Day 2: Lahinch – Doolin (17.4 Miles / 28 Km)

Day 3: Doolin – Fanore (11.2 Miles / 18 Km)

Day 4: Fanore – Ballyvaughan (13 or 16.2 Miles / 21 or 26 Km)

Day 5: Departure from Ballyvaughan

6 Day Challenging

Day 1: Arrival in Lahinch

Day 2: Lahinch – Doolin (17.4 Miles / 28 Km)

Day 3: Doolin – Ballyvaughan (16.8 Miles / 27 Km)

Day 4: Ballyvaughan – Carran (14.9 Miles / 24 Km)

Day 5: Carran – Corofin (16.2 Miles / 26 Km)

Day 6: Departure from Corofin

7 Day Challenging

Day 1: Arrival in Lahinch

Day 2: Lahinch – Doolin (17.4 Miles / 28 Km)

Day 3: Doolin – Ballyvaughan (16.8 Miles / 27 Km)

Day 4: Fanore – Ballyvaughan (13 or 16.2 Miles / 21 or 26 Km)

Day 5: Ballyvaughan – Carran (14.9 Miles / 24 Km)

Day 6: Carran – Corofin (16.2 Miles / 26 Km)

Day 7: Departure from Corofin

The Burren Way Map

The Burren Way Terrain


Signage for the Burren Way features a distinctive black and yellow post which are scattered throughout the trail. Where the trail is not waymarked, information will be provided in your route notes found in your walking pack.

If you are ever in doubt, you can always check the Hillwalk Tours turn by turn directions and route notes which also include everything you need to know about local information and history as you pass, along with trail alternatives.

Want to know more on how to read a map? Check out this blog post.

Burren Way Hiking Trail
“The Burren Way”


The Burren Way trail offers fairly moderate level hiking, and as stated earlier in this article, can be taken with two levels of walking in mind: Moderate and Challenging. It is a perfect hike for those who have some hiking experience. In addition, there can be quite a bit of asphalt and rocky terrain underfoot, so be sure to wear appropriate and comfortable footwear.

Sights & Attractions

Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are named a UNESCO Global Geopark, and you’ll understand why once you feast your eyes on these mythical cliffs. At the centre of the Wild Atlantic Way the jaw-droppingly beautiful Cliffs of Moher stretch into the Atlantic Ocean mist along the North Clare coastline. The magnificent cliffs are undoubtedly Ireland’s top visitor attraction. The Cliffs of Moher are truly extraordinary, giving tourists a feast of views and wildlife, all pieced together to produce one of the great natural wonders of the world. It truly is one for the bucket-list.

(Note: be sure to watch your step and don’t get too close to the edge no matter how good the photo opportunity may be!)

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare, Ireland

The Burren National Park

The Burren National Park has always been a popular natural phenomenon, drawing in tourists from all over the globe to witness its compelling landscape. Its name comes from the Irish boíreann, or rocky place. It’s rocky landscape has made the region internationally famous for its karst limestone scenery and unique flora.

Formed millions of years ago, the limestone landscape of the Burren teams up with the forementioned Cliffs of Moher to form a UNESCO Global Geopark. There is over 2,700 recorded monuments, some dating back over 6,000 years, scattered throughout the limestone land. Combined with its thriving musical, farming and food traditions, this is a place that richly deserves its UNESCO Global Geopark status. If that didn’t convince you, The Burren was named the Best place to holiday in Ireland 2022 by the Irish Times and Failte Ireland.

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The Burren landscape

Aillwee Caves

Explore life underground in one of Ireland’s most fascinating and magnificent caves, the Aillwee Caves. They’re known as one of the oldest caves in Ireland with history and geology stretching over 330 million years. You can tour this natural phenomenon accompanied by a guide who will take you on a journey through the unique and special geology of the caves. The tour takes visitors 850 meters into the Aillwee Mountain, with 90 meters of limestone overhead at its deepest point.

Aillwee Caves
Aillwee Caves – Source: Discover Ireland

Doolin Cave

If you’re interested in unofficial wonders of the world, Doolin Cave is home to Europe’s largest Stalactite, formed magnificently by a single continuous drop of water! Located 200 feet down, in the heart of the earth lives a world created from water, time and the hand of nature. The famous Stalactite reaches 7.3 meters in length and weighs around 10 tonnes!

Doolin Cave
Doolin Cave – Source: Tripadvisor

Dromoland Castle

Dromoland Castle, now turned 5-star hotel, has been welcoming guests since the 16th century. The castle once housed the O’Briens of Dromoland, whose lineage dates back 1,000 years to Brian Boru, one of the last High Kings of Ireland.

Dromoland Castle
Dromoland Castle


If you love to surf then you’ll need to visit the reputable top ‘surf centre’ of Ireland, Lahinch. Lahinch is a small, vibrant, bustling town located at the centre of the Wild Atlantic Way. With pubs vibrating from live trad music this town has an atmosphere and energy that’s all its own. Located at the head of Liscannor Bay, it boasts a 2 km long beach of golden sands, with surf schools dotted along the way. It’s a must see if you’re planning on taking an extra day on your tour.

Lahinch, Co. Clare
Lahinch in County Clare, on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

Bunratty Castle is the most complete and authentic castle in Ireland, dating back to the 15th century. The castle was originally a Viking trading camp all the way back in 970. You are able to take a tour of the iconic fortress whilst taking in some stunning views of the Clare countryside. Along with this magical castle comes Bunratty Folk Park which dates back to the 19th century. This impressive folk park features over 30 buildings made up of rural farmhouses, village shops and streets which were recreated and furnished as they would have appeared at that time to give visitors a glimpse into the past.

Bunratty Castle
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Co. Clare

Lisdoonvarna Match-Making Festival

Lisdoonvarna is famously known for hosting one of Europe’s largest singles match-making festivals of romance. People from all over the world visit this renowned festival every year in the hopes of finding the love of their lives. The festival has been running each September for over 160 years, and has earned its title as one of the biggest matchmaking events in Europe attracting crowds of up to 20,000 people from all over the world. The main man to meet on the day is Willie Daly, known as Ireland’s last traditional matchmaker, who claims to have matched over 3,000 couples over the course of his 50-year career. If you’re looking for love this is the place to visit.

Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare
Lisdoonvarna, County Clare.

Spanish Point

Spanish Point is a small village in the parish of Milltown Malbay in County Clare. The village gets its name from the wrecking of some ships of the Spanish Armada in 1588, where many Spaniards on board died.

Spanish Point
Spanish Point, Milltown Malbay, Co. Clare

Pop Culture


County Clare has a huge history of folk song and music, both traditional and contemporary. Many songs, airs, jigs, and reels have been inspired by this beautiful part of Ireland.

Traditional music, dance and singing are still alive and well here and throughout the island of Ireland.

My Lovely Rose of Clare – Chris Ball

Very popular traditional Irish folk song – My Lovely Rose of Clare – Chris Ball

One of the most recognised and played folk songs throughout Ireland, My Lovely Rose of Clare was written by Chris Ball from Ennis in 1979.

Spancill Hill – The Dubliners

Spancill Hill – The Dubliners

Another very popular and played Irish folk ballad, Spancill Hill, tells a story of the longing an immigrant has for his home in Spancill Hill in the county of Clare. The ballad was originally written by Michael Considine back in 1850 who emigrated from Ireland as a youngster. The song made its way down through 100’s of years to be replicated by bands like the Wolfe Tones, the Dubliners and covered by Shane McGowan and Christy Moore, to name a few.

Sharon Shannon

Sharon Shannon & Mundy performing the famous ‘Galway Girl’

Born and raised in Ruan, Co. Clare, Sharon Shannon is one of Ireland’s most famous trad players. Best known for her skills on the accordion, she also plays a plethora of other musical instruments. She began her musical career performing with Disirt Tola, a local band, with which she toured the United States with at the age of just 14. Her 1991 debut album, Sharon Shannon, is the best-selling album of traditional Irish music ever released in Ireland. Over her many years of performing, she released a number of hit albums along with famous collaborations with the likes of Sinead O’Connor. She also performed for a number of famous faces such as Bill Clinton and former president of Ireland Mary Robinson to name a few. She is still releasing music with her last album ‘The Reckoning‘ released in 2020. She remains one of Ireland’s best folk players to this day.

Film & TV

Father Ted (1995)

Probably one of Ireland’s most famous exports, a cult classic at that, Father Ted was an Irish sitcom starring Dermot Morgan and Ardal O’Hanlon. The show was based around three priests, Ted, Dougal and Father Jack who try to work together and manage the parish on Craggy Island after the bishop banished them for their actions in the past. The show also stars Pauline McLynn, who plays the famous Ms. Doyle. This show is engrained in the memory of most Irish people who to this day will re-watch the episodes over and over again. Sadly, Dermot Morgan who played Father Ted suddenly passed away in 1998 forcing an end to the popular show. However, his memory will always live on through this slapstick comedy show.

The show was shot by English television producer, Channel 4 who started broadcasting the show all over the U.K. It was so popular, that the show managed to reach the shores of Australia and New Zealand who broadcasted the show on their respective television networks.

The fictional parochial house was actually based at a house in Kilfenora, County Clare. You can visit the house that is showcased throughout the show and live out your Father Ted fantasies (although the inside of the house was actually just a studio set). Many outdoor scenes from the TV series were shot throughout different parts of County Clare.

Father Ted TV Series
Right to left: Ardal O’Hanlon (Dougal), Dermot Morgan (Father Ted) and Frank Kelly (Father Jack) in Father Ted.

Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince (2009)

The Cliffs of Moher played a starring role in the famous film franchise of Harry Potter. In the 2009 flick, Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince, the magnificent natural beauty takes part in the film where they are home to Harry’s Cave. You can see the cliffs in action below.

Harry Potter and The Half Blooded Prince – Cliffs of Moher scene

The Princess Bride (1987)

The Cliffs of Moher played another starring role in the Oscar nominated movie, The Princess Bride. The ‘Cliffs of Insanity’ were played by the rugged cliffs making it another high-profile appearance by the UNESCO Geopark.

The Princess Bride
Oscar nominated ‘The Princess Bride’

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

This star studded fictional movie, starring Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron, once again, features the wonderful Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs once again playing backdrop in another Hollywood blockbuster.

Snow White & the Huntsman
Snow White and the Huntsman film

Books, Literature & Authors

Edna O’Brien DBE

Josephine Edna O’Brien DBE is an Irish novelist, memoirist, playwright, poet, and short-story writer who was born on December 15, 1930. Renowned as one of Ireland’s finest writers, by former president Mary Robinson, O’Brien has been appointed a Dame of the British Empire for her services to literature. O’Brien has won many awards in a long and distinguished career.

Born in Tuamgraney, Co Clare, in 1930, she made her name with her debut novel, ‘The Country Girls’ in 1962, which won the Kingsley Amis Award. In 1995, she won the European Prize for Literature (European Association for the Arts) for House of Splendid Isolation; the Irish PEN Award in 2001; the Ulysses Medal from University College Dublin in 2006; the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award in Irish Literature in 2009: the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award for Saints and Sinners in 2011; the Irish Non-Fiction Book of the Year in 2012 for her debut memoir.

Edna O'Brien DBE
Edna O’Brien DBE

Food & Drink

Burren Smokehouse

The Burren Smokehouse is more of a flavour than a food. It is known for its delectable smoked salmon. Nowhere captures the smoked taste better than the Burren Smokehouse. You can even learn how the they smoke their salmon, trout and mackerel and view the kiln with its unique patented smoking method on a visit to the smokehouse.

Gleninagh Lamb 

The small village of Ballyvaughan is home to Gleninagh high quality, free-range lamb. The Gleninagh lambs are all grass fed and the meat is reputed for its tenderness, quality and high lean meat content. Next time your ordering lamb ask for Gleninagh’s highest quality lamb.

Lamb Stew
Gleninagh Lamb Stew – Source: RECIPE30

Vegan Options

If that sounds like a bit too much meat for your liking, let’s take a moment to talk about vegan options. In rural areas, it can be harder to find varied menus, particularly ones that cater for vegans, vegetarians, gluten-free diets etc. That said, it is becoming more and more common to see different options. These places may take a bit more effort to find so through doing a bit of research on the web or using apps like Vanilla Bean and Happy Cow, and doing some good old-fashioned asking around, you may be more likely to find gluten-free, vegan and organic options.

Vegan Food
Vegan Food – Source: Everyday Health

Irish Stew 

Warm up the body after a day of hiking with a homegrown bowl of hearty Irish stew. The perfect dish during the depths of winter or a chilly spring day, stew is made in a single pot with vegetables and beef. A satisfying and tasty meal that will feed the belly and the soul. 

Traditional Irish Stew
Traditional Irish Stew

Shepherd’s Pie 

Possibly Ireland’s most beloved dishes, Shepherd’s Pie is made with a layer of ground beef or lamb and veggies, and is topped with creamy mashed potatoes before being baked to perfection. The dish actually originated in Scotland where crust was used in place of potatoes. However, once it arrived to Ireland, potatoes were quickly opted for instead, and the dish has become a household favourite throughout the country. 

Shepherds Pie
Shepherds Pie


It would be near impossible to visit a cosy pub on the island of Ireland and not try a pint of creamy Guinness. Although made in Dublin, this iconic drink is a firm favourite up on every corner of the Emerald Isle.

Pint of Guinness
Guinness Pint

Nearby Trails

There are various other trails available to you once you have completed The Burren Way. Here are some other nearby Hillwalk Tours we offer:

The Burren Way Tips and FAQS

Our 7-Day tours include 5 days of hiking. The first and last days of all our hiking tours are travel days used to transfer to/from the town where your hike will begin/end. If you would like to hike for 7 days, simply select one of our 9-Day tours.

A single supplement is an additional charge for walkers booking single accommodation (a room for one person).

This is due to the fact that most accommodation providers price their rooms for double occupancy, meaning that they don’t discount the rooms even if they are only occupied by one person. Furthermore, accommodation providers have outlined that the cost of cleaning the room is the same regardless of how many people are in it, and also the potential cost of giving up a double occupancy (or more) sized room for just one person at a cheaper rate, when they could sell the room to more than one person at the normal rate, is too high.

Therefore, the total tour price for individuals who request a single room is “the price per person plus the single supplement”. This added supplement covers the extra costs associated with accommodating a single person in their own room.

It is not possible to bring your dog on a Hillwalk Tours hiking holiday. Unfortunately, the majority of our accommodation providers do not accept pets of any kind. Furthermore, on many of the trails you will pass through farmlands where livestock are present, and where dogs are not permitted as a result.

Once final payment for your tour has been received, you will be sent an email with a digital PDF copy of your hiking pack documents such as your route notes, accommodation details and evening meal suggestions etc. You will also be posted a hiking pack (either to your home address or first accommodation on your tour) which will include essential physical items for your tour such as the required maps for the trail and luggage tags*.

*If you’d prefer to receive a physical copy of your full hiking pack documents too, it’s essential that you reply by email within 48 hours of booking your tour in order to let us know.
A breakdown of the documents and items you can expect to find in your hiking pack are as follows;

– Route notes (prepared by a member the Hillwalk Tours team who has walked every step of your tour)
– Detailed hiking map(s)
– A high-quality waterproof map-case
– Full details of your accommodations and where you will be staying
– Our tips on the most interesting attractions to visit along the trail
– A look at fascinating local history
– A guide to the best places to eat and drink
– Safety information, emergency contact details & the country code for walkers

We try to provide trail itineraries that cater to a large range of hikers & abilities. To achieve this, we provide 2 different levels of difficulty on the Burren Way i.e. Moderate, and Challenging itineraries. The difference between each level of difficulty is in the average distance that you will walk each day. It does not differ in relation to the elevation, as the exact trail will still be followed. Therefore, the same elevations (the up’s and down’s) of the trail are usually present regardless of the level of difficulty. Depending on the trail, you may find in your route notes some alternative & easier route options for sections of the trail in order to help you navigate & bypass more difficult parts of the trail, but this isn’t always the case.
It’s important to note that levels of difficulty provided by Hillwalk Tours should only be used as a guide against where your own level of fitness is at, and what you feel you will be able to manage on a daily basis. At the end of the day, it’s you that knows your own level of fitness best. We strongly encourage you to review the distances & walking times for each itinerary that you may be considering, along with any additional notes on the specific tour page, in advance of booking.

Yes, we are more than happy to organise an additional night for you at any location along your tour.
For those undertaking a hiking tour in Ireland, if required, we can also book you extra nights in Dublin, at the picturesque seaside village of Dún Laoghaire which is only a short 25 minute train journey from Dublin City Centre, or also in the popular cities of Galway and Belfast.

Suggestions on interesting places to take a rest day are available on the tour pages of each hiking region. See the ‘Extra Days/Activities’ section of each tour for more information.

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Leave No Trace

We like to walk in nature and since you are reading this – we believe you do too! It is important to ensure that our impact on the environment is limited so that hikers can enjoy the same view after us. The rule applies: when you leave, make sure that nature looks the same as when you arrived or simply put “leave no trace.” As more and more people take to the great outdoors, our collective mark on the environment increases.

What does this mean in reality? Of course, do not leave any rubbish or waste behind. Do not collect stones, flowers, or other “souvenirs”. Don’t carve your name on a tree or break branches… I think you get the drift. It is imperative for walkers to play their part in making sure litter, damage to vegetation and all forms of pollution are limited.

Noise can also be a form of pollution. Whoever walks through a forest talking and laughing loudly, for example, ruins the peace and quiet of other walkers, who can no longer hear the birds. The same goes for cell phones that suddenly start ringing. Keep the volume down and respect your surroundings. Ultimately, the point is to ensure that as many people as possible can enjoy walking through nature. So that applies to you, but also to those who tread the path after you.

Hillwalk Tours proudly supports sustainable tourism and loves the countryside as it is – wild, peaceful and clean. We are proud to support the “Leave No Trace” initiative that aims to preserve the natural beauty of each nations countryside where we offer hiking holidays. We try to create happy experiences for our accommodation too, and the restaurants, shops and taxi companies that serve our walkers. These are often small businesses located in isolated areas that have been left behind by urban migration and a lack of investment in rural regions. Their warm hospitality and friendly welcomes epitomise the magic of a Hillwalk Tour and we’re dedicated to helping keep these rural communities alive.

The Benefits of Hiking

In recent years, walking and hiking outdoors has been widely reported to have numerous physical and mental health benefits. The following are examples of some of these benefits:

  • Improve strength and fitness
  • Weight loss
  • Muscle gain
  • Improve metabolism
  • Improve digestion
  • Better quality sleep
  • Increase in Vitamin D
  • Improve discipline
  • Sense of achievement

Hiking Equipment List

For a more in-depth list of recommended hiking equipment list, click here.

Ready to book your Burren Way adventure?

If our in-depth guide to hiking the Burren Way has whet your appetite to hike this spectacular trail, then you can book your hiking holiday via our online booking form.