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Hiking the Burren Way

Lahinch to Corofin

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Walking The Burren Way from Lahinch to Corofin, you will be rewarded with panoramic coastal vistas along the iconic Cliffs of Moher, one of the most spectacular views along the Wild Atlantic Way. The Burren will open up on your way with its unique landscape, hundreds of acres of exposed limestone bedrock, interlaced with pockets of eco-systems supporting a diverse range of plant life. The word ‘Burren’ comes from the Irish word ‘Boíreann’ meaning a rocky place.

This popular walking route follows the impressive Cliffs of Moher from Hags Head along the coast to Doolin and Fanore, continuing to the most northerly point of Black Head, before turning inland on a mountain pass. It will immerse you in the eerie barrenness that is the Burren. Descending from Carnsefin 300m along a quiet rural road to Ballyvaughan, Carran and an abundance of ancient wedge tombs, dolmens, ring forts and castles on your route to Corofin.

Important: This tour will travel through a Gaeltacht (Irish Speaking) area some of the road signs may be in Irish.

For more information about the Burren Way, read our Burren Way articles

VIEW OUR TOUR OPTIONS

  • The Burren Way – Short Break:
    • 5 days/4 nights. Walk to Hags Head and along The Cliffs of Moher on The Burren Way. Including a loop around Black Head and finishing your tour in Ballyvaughan. Stay in our selected accommodation along the way.
  • The Burren Way – Full Walk:
    • 7 days/6 nights. Walk to Hags Head and along The Cliffs of Moher on The Burren Way, including a loop around Black Head. Stay in our selected accommodation along the way.

Trip highlights

  • Admire the unique landscape of The Burren
  • Get an insight into life in the 15th century at Dysert Castle
  • Be in awe at the impressive Cliffs of Moher, towering above the Atlantic Ocean
  • Join in the Craic agus Ceol in Doolin, renowned for its traditional music

1 Lahinch

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Today you will be making your way to the coastal town of Lahinch, ahead of your walking tour on The Burren Way. After you have checked into your accommodation, take a stroll through the town and check out one of the finest surfing beaches on the Wild Atlantic Way. Lahinch is a hive of activity in the summer months with surfers from all around the world arriving in the small town to surf, enjoy the traditional music and some of the best seafood in Ireland.

2 Lahinch to Doolin - 18km (or 27km)

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6H30 | +457m / -423m

Starting from Lahinch you have 2 options for your first days walk. You can either walk the full distance of 27km to Doolin or you can get a transfer to Liscannor to begin your walk. The walk from Liscannor to Doolin is 18km.

From Liscannor, the Wild Altantic way travels along the coast to the southern end of the world-renowned Cliffs of Moher. The Cliffs of Moher stretch along the coast for over 8km and tower 214m above the Atlantic Ocean at their tallest point. There is a visitor centre (entrance fee €6 not included) offering information about the area, cafés, souvenirs and bathrooms. Close to the visitor centre, you’ll find O’ Brian’s Castle. Entry to the castle (recently reopened to the public, entry fee is €2, not included) offers you access to explore the castle and a viewing platform on its roof. Leaving the visitor centre behind, you will follow the Cliffs of Moher north along one of the most spectacular cliff paths along the Wild Atlantic Way until you reach the small village of Doolin, renowned for its ‘Craic agus Ceol’ Irish for Fun and Music.

Important: This tour will travel through a Gaeltacht (Irish Speaking) area some of the road signs may be in Irish.

Extra Day Inishmore Tour- 15km

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7H00 | +319m / -313m
We recommend you to take an extra night in Doolin in order to visit the Aran Islands. These three Rugged Islands lie just a few kilometres from Doolin. There are several ferries a day, depending on weather, see www.doolinferry.com.
Inishmore (7,635 acres) is the largest of the Aran Islands, home of Dun Aengus, which is the most iconic and impressive of the Irish prehistoric forts. Refereed to as the “the most magnificent barbaric monument in Europe” it is believed that some of the building in Dun Aengus dates back to the Iron Age roughly 1,100 BC. The semicircular stone fort is resting on the edge of a cliff rising 100 metres out of the ocean. Inishmore has 1,100 inhabitants and offers a range of sight seeing options to get the most out of your time on the island, such as bus tours or trips by horse and cart. You can also hire a bike, giving you the freedom to explore at your own pace. Island natives speak Irish but will be able to converse with you in English.

3 Doolin to Fanore - 22km

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7H | +307m / -282m
As you walk from Doolin to Fanore you will be walking predominantly on boreens (Irish for rural roads) through quiet farm lands. After a gradual ascent you will be able to enjoy panoramic views of the Atlantic coast, looking out to the Aran Islands and down towards the coast of Fanore. From this point it is a short descent to the seaside village of Fanore and your accommodation for the evening.

4 Fanore to Ballyvaughan - 20km

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6H | +263m / -323m
As you leave Fanore today, you will follow a boreen running parallel to the coast road around Black Head. A small lighthouse perched on the cliff top marks the most northerly point of your tour, from your vantage point on the trail you will have spectacular views of Galway Bay. You will continue your trek on The Burren Way contouring Doughbranneen and Glenbeigh both 300m, along a mountain track with great coastal views on your left. The track joins an old path leading you through the Gleninagh Valley. You will pass the 16th century Newtown Castle (the castle was restored in 1997) and walk across fields and woodland before arriving in Ballyvaughan.

Ballyvaughan is the end of our ‘Highlight’ tour.

5 Ballyvaughan to Carran - 24km

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6H | +306m / -237m
The first 5km of today’s route on the Wild Atlantic Way will take you along the boreens you walked yesterday. As you leave Ballyvaughan you will be walking along a mixture of forest trails, mountain tracks and briefly through a bog. You will pass ancient monuments like Cahermacnaghten stone fort, Poulnabrone portal tomb and Cahergallaun stone fort to mention but a few, all examples remaining testament to continued settlement in the area throughout the centuries.

6 Carran to Corofin - 18km

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6H | +168m / -265m
Your route on The Burren Way today will mainly be along quiet rural roads, leading you past a wealth of historic monuments and natural points of interest like Caves, Cahercunnaun Ring Fort, Parknabinnia Wedge Tomb, with many others on or close to the trail (make sure you have your camera batteries fully charged). The trail is gently descending towards a quaint Irish village and around the beautiful Inchiquin Lough, before arriving at your accommodation for the evening in Corofin.

7 Corofin

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After breakfast your tour on The Burren Way comes to an end. There are regular bus service from Corofin to Ennis and from there to Dublin, Limerick and Shannon Airport (not included).
Talk to our travel specialists about arranging a transfer and extra night’s accommodation in the historic city of Galway. This beautiful and buzzy is a hot spot on the Wild Atlantic Way and still maintains some of its medieval charm with narrow streets, old shop fronts, ancient city walls, castles and cathedrals. There is an infectious energy in Galway and always something to see and do.

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For your first night’s accommodation on The Burren Way we have chosen a 3 star family run hotel in the centre of Liscannor.

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Your accommodation this evening is in the picturesque village of Doolin and offers splendid views onto Doolin Village and the Cliffs of Moher in the distance. It is located a short stroll from traditional Irish pubs and restaurants.

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Our first choice accommodation for tonight is a homely and top rated guest house, with stunning sea views.

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Ballyvaughan is often referred to as ‘an oasis in the middle of the Burren’. We have chosen a delightful hotel in the middle of the village.

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Your accommodation for the evening is a traditionally style cottage guest house.

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For the last evening of your tour on The Burren Way we have chosen a warm and friendly, family run guest house.

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How to Get There

Live information on Rome2Rio. We can also arrange private transfers if you prefer, just ask us.

 

Lahinch

 

Shannon Airport 55km:

Step 1: Shannon Airport to Ennis | Bus Éireann | Travel time 0H30 approx, outside the main terminal leaving every hour all day | Fare €6 each way.

Step 2: Ennis (Ennis Bus Station) to Lahinch | Bus Éireann | Travel time  0H30 approx, from, leaving three times a day | Fare €8 each way approx.

 

Dublin Airport 277km: (Via Galway)

Step 1: Dublin Airport to Galway | Irish City Link | Travel time 2H45 approx outside the main terminal, buses departing every hours | Fare €19 each way.

Step 2: Galway (Galway Eyre Square) to Lahinch | Bus Éireann | Travel time 2H20 approx, leaving three times a day | Fare €20 approx return.

 

Dublin Airport 277km: (Via Dublin City Centre)

Step 1: Dublin Airport to Dublin City Centre | Aircoach | Travel time 0H30, leaving every 15-30min | Fare €6 approx. one way.

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Step 1: Dublin Airport to Dublin City Centre | Dublin Bus – Bus No.747 | Travel time 0H40, leaving every 15min | Fare €6 one way. (NOTE: This bus also stops at Heuston Train Station).

Step 2: Once on O’Connell Street it is a short walk, tram or taxi ride to Heuston Train Station or Busaras Bus Depot.

Step 3: Dublin CIty Centre (Busaras Bus Depot) to Lahinch | Bus Éireann | Travel time 5H40 approx, leaving three times a day | Fare €35 approx return.

 

Dublin Airport 277km: (Via Ennis)

Step 1: Dublin City Centre (Heuston Train Station) to Ennis | Irish Rail | Travel time 3H00 approx, leaving every 2 hours | Fare €15-€25.

Step 2: Ennis (Ennis Bus Station) to Lahinch | Bus Éireann | Travel time  0H30 approx, leaving three times a day | Fare €8 approx.

 

Corofin

 

Shannon Airport 39km:

Step 1: Corofin (Corofin Cross) to Ennis | Bus Éireann | Travel time 0H25 approx, leaving every 2 hours | Fare €4 each way.

Step 2: Ennis (Ennis Bus Station) to Shannon Airport | Bus Éireann | Travel time 0H30, departing from every hour all day | Fare €6 each way.

 

Dublin Airport 237km: (Via Ennis)

Step 1: Corofin (Corofin Cross) to Ennis | Bus Éireann | Travel time 0H25 approx, leaving every 2 hours | Fare €4 each way.

Step 2: Ennis (Ennis Bus Station) to Dublin City Centre | Bus Éireann | Travel time 5H20 approx, leaving every 2 hours  | Fare €25 each way.

Step 3: Ennis (Ennis Train Station) to Dublin City Centre | Irish Rail | Travel time 3H00 approx leaving every 2 hours | Fare €15-€25 each way.

Step 4: Dublin City Centre to Dublin Airport | Dublin Bus – Bus No.747 | Travel time 0H40, leaving every 15min | Fare €6 one way. (NOTE: This bus also stops at Heuston Train Station.)

 

Dublin Airport 237km: (Via Galway)

Step 1: Corofin (Corofin Cross) to Galway | Bus Éireann | Travel time 2H25 approx, departing every 2 hours | Fare €14 each way.

Step 2: Galway (Galway Bus Station) to Dublin Airport | Irish City Link | Travel time 2H00 approx, departing every hour | Fare €19 each way.

 

More information: 

Air Coach – Airport Transfer.

Irish Rail – Train.

Bus Eireann – Intercity Bus.

Irish City Link – Intercity Major Bus.

Dublin Bus – Dublin City Bus.