The Burren Way – Ireland

Self Guided Walk on the Burren Way in Ireland

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  • 5 Day – €517pps Single supplement: + €195
  • 6 Day – €577pps Single supplement: + €225

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The Burren Way is a Self-Guided Long-Distance trail in the South West of Ireland with a total distance of 114Km or 50 miles.

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Usually completed in 6 or 7 days, this trail is classed as moderate, not challenging and will suit people who are used to regular exercise.

We break the walk up into manageable walking or hiking days of approx. 20Km per day.

About the Trail: The Burren region is internationally renowned for its geological landscape, archaeological sites and its wild flora and fauna. The area is identified in geological terms as a “karstic plateau”, meaning a massive series of limestone pavements with crisscrossing cracks known as “grikes”, leaving isolated rocks called “clints” over vast areas of land.

  • Oliver Cromwell’s lieutenant-general of horse and second-in-command in Ireland, Edmund Ludlow described the Burren as “a country where there is not enough water to drown a man, wood enough to hang one, nor earth enough to bury him.”

The Burren comes from the Gaelic Boireann, or stony district, referring to the 130sq kms of spectacular terraced carboniferous limestone hills and valleys that characterise the area.

Slieve Elva, is the highest point, a mere 344m above sea level, however, at the south-western end of the Burren, the breath-taking Cliffs of Moher rise out of the sea to over 200 metres.

The trail is traditionally walked south to north starting in the village of Lahinch, famed for its surfing and golfing, and ending in the riverside village of Corofin. Initially, hugging the rugged Wild Atlantic Way coastline, with fantastic views out over the Ocean and the Aran Islands, before turning inwards and over the rocky escarpment of The Burren National Park; the large limestone plateau which gives the trail its name.

The track is a mix of old drover’s roads, forest, coastal paths and minor backroads which can be busy at times. There are some short, steep climbs ascending to a maximum of 540m.

Along the way, you will pass through sleepy towns and villages, fantastic wild flower landscapes and see ancient Neolithic and early Christian monuments.

Each stage of the route offers stunning views and a chance to leave everything behind for a few days.

Included in costs

  •     Friendly and family run guest Houses and B+Bs (Irish Tourism Board Approved)
  •     Breakfast each morning with a wide selection to choose from.
  •     Detailed maps,  Water Proof Map Cover
  •     Books and Route Notes for the Trail.
  •     Luggage Transfer each day.
  •     Phone support along the way.(Accommodations and pickup numbers)
  •     All Information on public transport required will be given.

Optional Extras:

  • Transfers for first and last days can be arranged.
  • Extra nights before and after your walk
  • Cruise Below the Cliffs of Moher (Rest Day)
  • Visit the Aran Islands from Doolin (Rest Day)

Cancellation Policy:

  • A cancellation fee of 100% applies for cancellations made less than 2 weeks in advance, or in case of no-show.
  • A cancellation fee of 50% applies for cancellations made less than 4 weeks in advance.
  • No cancellation fee applies for cancellations made 4 weeks or more in advance.

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Wonderful Wicklow Experience

Review of Hilltoptreks

We had an excellent trip walking the Wicklow Way from Marlay Park to Iron Bridge. Terry arranged everything perfectly for us and it was an incredible way to celebrate my 30th birthday. We highly recommend using Hilltop Treks.

5 Star Review

Date of experience: May 2019