The Burren "Limestone Landscapes" Walk

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4 nights stay, 3 days hiking

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Ideal for your first walking holiday in Ireland or for less experienced walkers.

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‘Burren’ is derived from the Irish word boireann meaning ‘place of stone’, and the name could not be more apt.  There is no part of Ireland where limestone rock so obviously dominates the landscape as it does in this small corner of County Clare, just south of Galway City.  The Burren covers an area of some 260 square kilometres and is famous for its bare limestone pavements dissected by deep crevices and traversed by countless stone walls.  Almost devoid of trees and surface water, it has been described as ‘lunar’ in its appearance, an ancient limestone plateau beneath which is a labyrinth of pot-holes, caves, streams and lakes. Surprisingly, this bizarre and apparently hostile environment is a botanist’s paradise as around ¾ of Ireland’s plant species are found in the Burren (more than any other region).

Tour Dates

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  • Apr 10th – 14th TOUR FULL
  • Jun 19th – 23rd TOUR FULL
  • Jul 3rd – 7th TOUR FULL
  • Jul 31st – Aug 4th
  • Sep 11th – 15th

Highlights

  • The Burren
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Aran Islands

Whats Included?

  • Expert, Experienced, Local Guide for the duration of the tour
  • 5 night’s Bed and Breakfast.
  • Full Irish Breakfast each morning.
  • Picnic lunch (on hike days only).
  • 4 Evening Dinners.
  • 3 days walking. Varied and interesting each day.
  • Transport to/from each days walking locations and luggage transfers when 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.
  • Airport transfers arranged/booked if required.
  • Extra days/nights booking on request.
  • Advice service provided to aid planning any additional activities, travel, etc.
  • Prices are per person sharing. Single Room Supplement – €185.00.
  • Not Included: Any boat trips (eg. ferry to Skellig Islands) | personal drinks | entrance fees to theatres | parks or museums etc. | medical expenses or gratuities.

Day by Day

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At 2.00pm a Courtesy transfer will bring you from Ennis Bus/Rail Station to arrive in Doolin, where you will be spending your next 4 nights. On arrival you will visit the impressive Cliffs of Moher & walk along the Cliff Tops to the village of Doolin. Famous for its traditional Irish music – you will soon be tapping your feet to the lively tunes in one of the local pubs as you enjoy an Irish Coffee Demonstration after your Welcome Dinner.

Today you will be driven to the start of your walk in the beautiful Caher Valley.  Starting your walk in a south westerly direction, you follow a wonderful old Green Road through this amazing limestone landscape.  Following a circular route you will enjoy the contrasts of the stark rocky farmland, compared to a fascinating area of bog, before reaching forestry and all laden with wonderful flowers and wildlife hiding carefully away to ensure protection from the elements and from people.  At the end of your walk you will have the opportunity to visit a stone fort & see the impressive Poulnabrone Dolmen.  Return to Doolin for dinner & overnight.

Walk Details – Distance: 10kms. Duration: 4 hours. 

After Breakfast, you will be transferred to the pier in Doolin for the Ferry to Inis Oir, the smallest of the Aran Islands, and an Island with lovely walks and people, where history, culture and Celtic remains are all around. Enjoy your walk around this fascinating place & see how the “locals” have kept traditional industries alive – such as the famous Aran Sweaters or basket weaving.  Return to Doolin for dinner & overnight.

Walk Details – Distance: 6kms. Duration: 2.5 hours. Max. Ascent: 150m. Rocky & uneven tracks and open roads. Can be wet – boots essential. Some road walking.

Today you will be driven to the edge of the Burren region to enjoy a glorious walk over Abbey Hill.  This gives you the opportunity to really “feel” this rocky landscape & learn how farmers somehow manage to have small herds of cattle or flocks of sheep on this barren land.  At the end of your walk you will visit Corcomroe Abbey like an oasis in the dessert and enjoy some time here before returning via Ballyvaughan.  Dinner & overnight in Doolin.

Walk Details – Distance: 10kms. Duration: 2.5 hours.

Leaving Doolin after breakfast, if onward travel arrangements & timing allows, a visit to the famous cave in this region with the largest free-hanging stalactite in the northern hemisphere will be organised.  Departing from Doolin at 11am your Guide  will ensure your transfer on to Ennis Bus/Rail station for your departure. 

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