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Burkedale House & Cottage
Burkedale House & Cottage

BURREN WALKING TRAILS

Rocks, Woodland & Coast of Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geo Park

'I love the walks I have done with Joanne and Tony. The scenery around Co. Clare is so beautiful and varied, and the organisation of the walks is impeccable. I felt safe even on the more technically tricky walks (such as in the the High Burren)'

Marion
2020

Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark Walking Trails

There are numerous walking routes for all levels of fitness that can be enjoyed in the Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark. Whether you seek a rush of adrenaline with a hike across the rugged Burren landscape or a restful woodland wander, the stunning surrounds of the UNECSO-recognised Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark gives you a choice of lots of fabulous walks, many of which Joanne & Tony have completed so can advise you on which to choose. You will have a host of wild flora and fauna as well as world famous kast geology waiting to be discovered on your walks. Let us know if you need a guide and we can arrange that for you. 

Cliffs of Moher Coastal Path

The Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk is a trail that links the villages of Doolin and Liscannor. From the Cliffs of Moher, on a clear day, one can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara, Loop Head to the south and the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry. O’Brien’s Tower stands near the highest point and has served as a viewing point for visitors for hundreds of years.
The walk takes approximately 3 hours along a gravel paths with some steep ascents and descents

Dromore Wood Nature Reserve

Located 20 minutes from Burkedale House, and Covering an area of approximately one thousand acres Dromore Wood has all the attributes necessary for the perfect Nature Reserve. These include rivers, lakes, turloughs and callows (meadows that flood during winter), limestone pavement, fen peat, reed and rush beds and vast areas of species-rich woodland. The area comprises perfect habitat for a huge variety of flora and fauna species. There are a number of marked walking trails to choose from.

The Burren National Park

There are several marked trails in The Burren National Park. The walks vary from a short thirty minute loop walk to a three hour walk over limestone hills.

White Arrow Route (Nature Trail) Grade: Moderate, Distance: 1.5km, Time: 40 mins, Climb: 20m,

A 1.5km looped walk which passes through mature ash/hazel woodland within a doline, hay meadows and open limestone pavement. Beautiful views of Mullaghmore and Lough Gealáin. Some rough terrain with loose rock; suitable footwear is required. 

Orange Route (Knockaunroe Turlough) Grade: Moderate, Distance: 1.3km, Time: 30 mins, Climb: 20m

A 1.3km looped walk which passes through mature ash/hazel woodland, hay meadow and past a turlough. Good trails throughout the walk; suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.

Green Route (Mullaghmore Return) Grade: Very Difficult, Remote/Upland, Distance: 6.5km, Time: 2hrs 45mins, Climb: 140m

This walk consists of a return journey to the summit of Mullaghmore along the south-eastern side, and back down the same way to the Crag Road. The trail passes through large open areas of limestone pavement and along the edge of Lough Gealáin. 

Blue Route (Mullaghmore Loop) Grade: Very Difficult, Remote/Upland, Distance: 7.5km, Time: 2hrs 55mins, Climb: 140m

A 7.5km walk which loops around the summit of Mullaghmore mountain, passing along the shore of Lough Gealáin, through large expanses of open limestone pavement, some grassland and hazel woodland.

Red Route (Mullaghmore Traverse), Grade: Very Difficult Remote/Upland, Distance: 6km, Time: 3hrs, Climb: 140m

A 6km non-looped walk which traverses Mullaghmore mountain, passing along the shore of Lough Gealáin, through large expanses of open limestone pavement, some grassland and hazel woodland. The trail crosses Slieve Rua and descends onto an old famine road at Coolorta. 

Lough Avalla Farm Loop

Grade: Difficult, Distance 7km, Time 2.5hrs, Climb: 165m

A 7km magical looped walk with a variety of terrains including sandy roadways, farm tracks, green roads, woodland trails and open limestone pavement with breathtaking views across Burren National Park. As the loop traverses a working farm, you are sure to spot grazing sheep, goats and the unusual Galloway cattle.

Be sure to drop into the farm homestead. Dutch organic farmer Harry Jeuken has added this incredible trail to his working farm and often welcomes walkers with tea, a friendly chat and a tour of his organic garden.

Stay in our peaceful, clean, comfortable self-catering accommodation while you explore this fascinating area

Check in is available from 4pm on the day of arrival & check-out is 11am on the day of departure.

Why not order a Breakfast Basket of delicious homemade goodies and local produce delivered straight to your door.

Best prices can be found by booking directly on our website

'The spot was an excellent hub to visit the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, as well as staying put and enjoying a beautiful walk to the Dysert O’Dea Castle and other fascinating ruins. Thanks Joanne & Tony. Highly recommended!'

Jim
May 2018 & 2019

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