Burren and Connemara 5-Day Self-Guided Hike

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What You'll Do
  • Explore the barren karst landscape to the east of Ballyvaughan
  • Travel to Co. Galway and spend 3 days exploring the mountainous region of Connemara
  • Discover the Burren with its ‘lunar’ appearance, a botanist’s paradise as around ¾ of Ireland’s plant species are found here
This trip begins at Doolin on the west coast of Clare. After visiting the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, which fall 200m sheer into the Atlantic, you follow the Burren Way to Doolin.
What to Expect
Day 1

Arrive to Doolin where you will be spending your first night. On arrival at your first accommodation, your hostess will give you your full Detailed Information pack. She will also be able to recommend some of the excellent local restaurants and suggest some of the pubs where you will find great traditional Irish music.

Day 2

You will be driven guesthouse to the start of your walk at the Cliffs of Moher (9km) From here you follow the “Burren Way” along the cliff tops to “Hags Head” & return the same route but enjoying a completely different panorama. On arrival back to the Visitor Centre where you started this walk – you will then follow the “Burren Way” along old green roads and one primary road to finish back in Doolin Village.

Walk Details: For Cliffs of Moher walk – Distance: 17kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Ascent: Level – descending at end of day. Some road walking, muddy and rocky grass tracks, can be wet underfoot. Boots essential. Walking close to exposed cliff edge.

Day 3

You will be driven a short distance from your guesthouse to the start of your walk at Ballinalacken Castle. From here you follow the “Burren Way” along old green roads into the heart of the Burren, with wonderful limestone pavements and walls all around you. There are fantastic views over Galway Bay and the Aran Islands as you continue on, passing Fermoyle Chapel, to Lismacsheedy. Old ring forts can be found along the way as you continue on past the impressive Newtown Castle and finish in Ballyvaughan. Overnight in Ballyvaughan.

Walk Details: Distance: 20 kms. Duration: 6 hours. Max. Ascent: 250m. Some road walking, muddy and rocky grass tracks, can be wet underfoot. Boots essential.

Day 4

A short drive will take you to the start of today’s walk. Walking across Moneen Mountain and continuing on over to the magnificent Turlough Hill with its Iron Age Ring Fort – you then descend to the historical Corcomroe Abbey to finish your walk at Bell Harbour. Return to Ballyvaughan for overnight.

Walk Details: Distance: 18kms. Duration: 6 hours. Max. Ascent: 280m. Rocky walking with no clear path a lot of the way. Some road walking. Boots essential.

Day 5

After a full Irish Breakfast depart for Galway City, where there is a good Bus/Train Service all the major cities/Airports.
What's Included
  • 4 night’s Bed and Breakfast. Full Irish Breakfast. Private bathrooms
  • Move your luggage.
  • Give you full walking details and maps of the area.
  • Full walking descriptions of each walking day.
  • 24 hrs Emergency/Information contact number. If required.
  • Airport transfers arranged/booked if required.
  • Full pre-departure information pack to allow you to fully plan for your holiday and so get the most from this Irish walking experience.
  • Extra days/nights booking with Travel/Tourism advice service.
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