Doolin Hostel

Walking & Hiking

Walking in the Burren

Doolin’s is surrounded by the best walking and hiking trails in the Burren, North Clare

Hike the Cliffs of Moher Coastal Trail, the Burren Way and local Heritage walkways. The Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark has many areas that can only be accessed on foot. There is a range of signed walking routes but to truly experience the Burren we would recommend you go with a guide. The guides listed are members and ‘friends’ of the Burren Ecotourism Network and adhere to the Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark Sustainable Code of Practice.

>>Recommended Walking Guides

Pat SweeneyDoolin Cliff Walk Guided by local historian and farmer, Pat Sweeney you will follow a trail route along the coast and above the Doolin cliffs. Green fields, cows and sheep and local farms on one side and the wild Atlantic Ocean on the other, this is a unique way to experience the stunning views and breath-taking rural beauty of Clare. Pat Sweeney is an expert on local history and folklore and is passionate about the preservation of a rural lifestyle enjoyed by five generations of his family who have farmed in this area. The walk starts just a couple of steps from our door in Fisherstreet Doolin and takes approx. 3 hours.

086 8229913 ~

a walking trail in the BurrenBackwest Adventures Both local knowledge and experience of this region and catering for clients who wish to get off the beaten tourist tracks.Highly competent in navigation and mountain craft, your guide will ensure that your experience is both a safe and enjoyable one. Customised Hillwalking adventures in North Clare are also on offer bringing you to some of the more unexplored areas of the Burren hills.A basic level of fitness is required, recommended that clients come prepared for a day on the hills with a packed lunch, supportive footwear and a set of rain gear.

+353 86-056-3624 ~ ~ Open all year

Walkers with Tony KirbyHeart Of Burren Walks Tony Kirby offers a wide variety of guided walks in the majestic, rocky Burren. The menu includes a summer scheduled progamme in the Burren National Park, archaeology walks, spirituality walks and weekend walking breaks. Walks vary from hour long strolls to invigorating day-long hill walks. The walks feature entertaining and informative commentaries on the geology, flora, archaeology, fauna, farming and folklore of the Burren. Heart of Burren Walks has featured in No Frontiers (RTE TV travel series) and Mooney Goes Wild (RTE radio – wildlife series).

+353 656827707~ ~

Marie McGauran walking guideBurren Experience Guided Walks Join local guide Marie on enlightening and exhilarating walks. Marie, who lives in the heart of the Burren, has a degree in Heritage and a deep passion for what she calls Wilderness Therapy. On the mountains of Sliabh Rua & Mullaghmore you will gain insight on this magical place, with its intriguing limestone pavement, diverse array of wild flowers and abundant wildlife. The legacies of past generations, the old farm homestead, ancient famine road and various monuments all feature in Marie’s walk, exploring the history of the land and its people.

+353 86 8219441 ~ ~ ~ Open all year

Hill walking with Lahinch AdventuresLahinch Adventures Dedicated to providing quality outdoor hill walking through The Burren, with a highly qualified and knowledgeable local guide. Lahinch Adventures cater for all levels of fitness and interests. Explore the Burren with experienced guides who will lead you through the stunning and unique landscapes of West Clare. A wide range of walking tours is available, as well as creating a specific walk to suit needs. Minimum of 2 people required.

+353 86 844 8622 ~  ~ ~ Open all year

Climbing with Christy of Adventure BurrenAdventure Burren Open all year round offering half and full day walks, trail walks and climbs. Your guide Christy is a fully qualified Mountain Leader, Rock Climbing Instructor and trained in mountain first aid.
With many years of experience leading and training in many mountain areas from Wicklow to The Mourns and Scotland and with trips to The Alps. Now resident in The Burren Christy will be happy to lead you in the many varied areas of  The Burren to experience the magical landscape and the treasures to be found in abundance, be it archaeological natural or just the majesty of the vistas.Catering for levels and capabilities.

+353 87 2244569 ~ ~ ~ Open all year

Oonagh ODwyer leads a foraging walkWild Food & Foraging Walks with Oonagh O’Dwyer Wild Food is seasonal, local, nutritious and free. Join Oonagh from WildKitchen on a journey of discovery along the WILD ATLANTIC WAY and surrounds, as she shares her knowledge and passion for good food, guiding Wild Food Walks. Discover many edible types of Seaweed, Wild Herbs, Roots, Flowers, Fruits and Nuts. Learn plant identification and how to forage sustainably.Walks include a picnic in the wild, using some of nature’s larder.Learn about the many wonderful uses of wild food, by joining Oonagh’s cookery classes, or Wild Food Supper Club.

+353 87 6877890 ~ ~ ~Open March – October

Deborah Evers Wild Food & Foraging Walks with Deborah Evers Clareville House Kitchen Garden offer guided foraging walks on the Burren Limestone and Shoreline. Observation is the key. The guide shows you how to use ancient landscape navigation techniques to find your way, recording with your eyes, camera or sketchbook, while highlighting the unique ecology (Flora and Fauna) of the habitat. On the Burren walk we focus on the wild flowers in the spring and have a edible food foraging walk in the autumn. The shoreline walk includes observing migrating birds and foraging for edible foods and seaweeds.

+353 86 8038477 ~ ~

Walking Trails and Maps

The Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk

Start/Finish Points: Liscannor/Sports Field Moher/ Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre/ Doolin

  • Liscannor – Doolin / Doolin – Liscannor 20km, 4-5hrs
  • Sports Field Moher – Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre 6km, 2hrs
  • Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre – Doolin 8km, 2 hrs-2 hrs 30
  • Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre – Hags Head return (Moher Walk)10km, 2hrs 30-3hrs

Terrain: Exposed Clifftop path, narrow & steep ascents, flagstone steps, farm tracks, local and regional road
Difficulty: Difficult. High Levels of Fitness required. Caution Exposed Clifftop path
Minimum Gear Hiking Boots, warm & waterproof clothing, fluid, SPF, Snack, Mobile Phone

Ballyvaughan Wood Loop
Trailhead: Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare
Services: Ballyvaughan village
Dist/Time: 8kn / 2hrs – 2 1/2 hrs
Difficulty: Easy
Terrain: Surfaced roadway, green roads, tracks, cross country
To suit: Medium level of fitness
Min Gear: Trekking Shoes, waterproofs, fluid, snacks, mobile phone

Black Head Loop
Trailhead: Fanore Beach Car Park, Fanore, Co. Clare
Services: Fanore (1km) and Ballyvaughan (14km)
Dist/Time: 26km / 5hr-6hrs
Difficulty: Hard
Terrain: Green roads, tracks and mountain paths
To Suit: Higher than average level of fitness
Min. Gear: Sturdy walking boots, waterproofs, rucksack, fluid, snacks, mobile phone

Burren National Park Walks
The Burren National Park has 7 way-marked walking trails. 5 start at Gortlecka Crossroads (also called Mullaghmore Crossroads) and 2 start at Slieve Carran (Keelhilla Nature Reserve). The walks very from 30mins to 3 hrs. The terrain can be uneven and quite steep in places. These trails are not wheelchair accessible.

Caher Valley Loop
Trailhead: Fanore Beach Carpark, Co. Clare
Services: Fanore, Co. Clare
Dist/Time: 14.5km/3-4hrs
Difficulty: Moderate
Terrain: Mix of minor roadways and green roads
To Suit: Medium level of fitness
Min. Gear: Sturdy walking boots, waterproofs, rucksack, fluid, snacks, mobile phone

Carron Loop Walk
Trailhead: Cassidy’s Pub, Carron Village, Co. Clare
Services: Carron, Corofin (12km), Ballyvaughan (15km), Co. Clare
Dist/Time: 9km/3-4hrs
Difficulty: Difficult
Terrain: Mix of minor roads, animal tracks and green lanes
To Suit: Higher than average levels of fitness
Min. Gear: Sturdy walking boots, waterproofs, rucksack, fluid, snacks, mobile phone

Carron Turlough Loop Walk
Trailhead: Opposite Cassidys Pub, Carron
Services: Services available seasonally at Carron, year round at Corrofin
Distance: 5Km
Time: 1-1.5hrs
Difficulty: Easy
Terrain: Short section of regional road, mostly minor country roads
To Suit: Medium levels of fitness, buggy friendly

Fanore to Ballyvaughan Trek
Distance: 21Km
Estimated Time: 5 – 6hrs
Grade: Difficult to Hard
Suitable for: High levels of fitness
Services: Full services are available at Fanore and Ballyvaughan
Terrain: Green roads, minor roadways, woodland tracks
Trailhead: Car Park Fanore Beach

The Burren Way
Distance: 123km
Estimated Time: 5 days. Each section represents approximately a full days walking (Lehinch-Doolin/ Doolin Ballyvaugan/ Ballyvaughan Carran/ Carran-Corrofin/ Carran Tubber).
Grade: Moderate to difficult
To Suit: Average fitness, casual walkers
Minimum Gear: Sturdy walking boots, waterproofs. Rucksack, fluid, snacks, mobile phone.
Terrain: The Way follows a mix of green road, pathway, minor roadway, and grassy/rocky track, with an initial steep climb out of the Caher Valley and steep descent to Feenagh Valley.
Trailheads: Lahinch, Doolin, Lisdoonvarna, Ballyvaghan, Carran, Corrofin and Tubber.