Walking, Hiking and Cycling Tracks for Clare in the West of Ireland
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Walking & Hiking Tracks
- Kilmaley and Connolly Mid Clare Walk: This loop walk (just east of Slieve Callan, the highest hill in West Clare) is one of the most beautiful walks you can do in County Clare. The 10 km loop leads on paved, nearly traffic-free boreens through beautiful landscape with lakes, rivers, rolling hills and with the rhododendrons in bloom from around mid-may to mid-june. It also includes a part of the Mid Clare Way and you can walk, run, cycle it - and you can extend it in any direction if you wish. Ideally you park your car in Kilmaley and start from there (The 2 hr walk itself is not signposted, you find a map and pictures here).
- Kilkee Cliffs Loop Walk
The cliffs of Kilkee are far less known, but not less impressive than the Cliffs of Moher... and no entrance fees, fewer people, tranquility! Most people only walk the mile from Kilkee's West End up to the first cliff, but it's well worth to walk all the way along the coast. This is a suggested loop walk, but you can do it along the coast only, in both directions along the Dunlickey road; or take a short cut halfway - or cycle it. All is very rewarding. max. length 18.4 km, 4-5 hrs
- Coastal Loop Walks Clare Ireland: Whitestrand to Blue Pool (near Doonbeg)
Coastal walks in Ireland usually involve the climbing of fences, the crossing of small streams, muddy portions, a bit of rock climbing and grim looking bulls standing in your way. This walk here is no different but you're rewarded with splendid wild coastal scenery and the chance of observing rare sea birds as well as dolphins and seals. Start your walk from the car park at White Strand beach, Caherlean, Doonbeg - one of the best beaches in Clare and rightly rewarded with the Blue Flag. Length 8.2 km, 2,5 - 3 hrs
- Coastal Loop Walk: Bluepool to Horseshoe (Baltard Bay near Doonbeg/Kilkee)
Spectacular coastal track, one of the finest in Ireland. Fantastic cliff scenery, seabirds breeding, chance of observing dolphins. This walk can be combined with the track "Whitestrand to Blue Pool" (18km total, 6 hrs.) WARNING: Not to be walked in wet conditions nor with children. Along the edge of high cliffs, also involves climbing fences. In no case climb down the rocks to swim in the rock pools or for angling. Dangerous high waves rolling in regularly. Use extreme caution on this track and watch your steps! Trespassing private property, leave nothing but your footsteps and stay clear of cattle and horses. Length: 9.8 kms, 3 hrs.
- Letteragh Forest Loop Mid Clare Way
Easy loop walk for the whole family, part of the rather quiet Mid Clare Walkway. This track winds mostly through forest, beautiful views on Clare countryside in between. Length 5.2 km, 1 hr - 1 hr 30 mins.
- Coastal Loop Walks Clare Ireland: Seafield Quilty
A pleasant family walk along and around Seafield Beach - best to walk around Low Tide! Length 5,8 km, 1-2 hrs
- Cahermurphy Loop Walk East Clare
Obviously there are not too many Forest Walks in West Clare! This one is a nice loop walk mostly on a quiet forest track and a short distance on a small country lane with nice views onto the West Clare Landscape. Woodcutting could be in progress on weekdays! Length 6.3 km, 2 hrs
- Mullaghmore Loop Burren National Park
This difficult but very rewarding walk follows the blue marked trail on and around the mountain with the addition of an adventurous alternative. Though leading through some rough terrain you may expect unusual rock formations and fossils which you don't find anywhere else in the Burren. Use extreme caution on the whole track and watch your step. Finish the experience with a tea & scones in Father Ted's House, nearby. Length: 6.6 kms, 3 hrs.
- Slieve Callan Walk
Short hike to the top of West Clare's highest mountain. Excellent views all around on a clear day - from Mt. Brandon in the South to the Connemara Hills in the North, including the West Coast of Clare, the Aran Islands, the Silvermine Mountains in Limerick, East Clare and the Burren. Waterholes on a very few portions of the track possible, boots recommended - especially for the usually wet top of the hill. Closed gate on start of track, if you do not want to climb it take the return route both ways. NEW: Ongoing construction of a windfarm in the area might make thewalk impossible at times. Length: 5.9 kms, 1.5 - 2.5 hrs.
- Gleninagh Mountain, The Burren
A wonderful circuit to explore the limestone landscape of the Burren! Features splendid views on Galway Bay and ancient monuments. Starts at Fanore Church and can be done in both directions. Requires constant attention to avoid stepping into one of the numerous fissures! Length: 14.2 kms, 4-5 hrs. Download GPX Track here (1. Right click on "download" 2. Click on ("save linked content/target as...") 3. Download (depending on your browser it will either be saved as a .xml file or as a .gpx file) 4. Open the file with Mapsource , G7towin or similar programs to upload it to your navigational device.
- Around Quilty & Mullagh
Perfect track for a family day out. Beaches, Pubs and Shops well stocked with drinks and ice cream will keep your children happy. Mostly on quiet back roads. Bicycles for hire in Miltown Malbay. Length: 17,5 kms
- Doonbeg Kilkee Ireland West Clare Loop on sideroads
Spectacular coastal and sea views. Track can also be joined from the Kilkee Side via the N67 or Waypoint "Intersection", from Kilkee add ~3kms to the track length.Length: 30 kms, 3 hrs.
- Around Burren National Park
On this loop around Mullaghmore (Burren National Park) you'll encounter nearly everything what the Burren limestone landscape has to offer: megalithic tombs, ring forts, endless stone walls, hidden green valleys, flowers among bare rock, wild goats, viewpoints, hills & lakes. The route is mostly on small paved roads except for 4kms on a "Green Road", an old cattle track. There are still cattle around, so from autumn to spring this part can be a bit muddy. This track is also a great day hike (around 20kms, allow 6-8 hrs) if you take the "Famine Road" and follow the red markers across Mullaghmore Mountain ('Mullaghmore Traverse'). Length: 24 kms, 2 - 3 hrs. cycling, 6-8 hrs hiking
- Scenic West Clare
Bicycle Loop including some of the most scenic backroads in Mid/West-Clare, Ireland. The beautiful views you'll encounter (weather permitting) reach from the Connemara Hills to the Kerry Mountains, from the Atlantic Coast to the Burren and East Clare. Route is (with the exception of 300 meters) on nearly traffic-free paved single lane country roads through woodlands, across scenic bogs and along hidden lakes through the rolling hills of West and Mid Clare. Limited parking, best places to start are across the Bogdale Pub in Kilmaley or from the Crosses of Annagh Pub near Miltown Malbay (adds ~5 kms to the route). The very scenic picnic area at Millenium park invites for a break. Bicycles for hire in Miltown Malbay and Ennis, Co.Clare. Length: 32,35 kms, at least 3 hrs, plus stops for Picnic and Sightseeing
- Westclare Landscapes including Cahermurphy Woods
Easy-to-drive circuit to explore the Doonbeg Area. Mostly on quiet country lanes through Boglands and near the coast with views on Atlantic up to the Cliffs of Moher. Includes a visit to Doughmore Beach. Not suitable for racing bicycles! Length: 27.3 kms, 2.5-3.5 hrs.
- Loop Head Circuit West Clare
Track around rugged Loop Head Peninsula along Coasts of Atlantic and the Shannon Estuary. Amazing Coastal scenery between Kilkee and Loop Head Lighthouse.Beaches and Picnic Areas on the Shannon Estuary with View to Dingle Peninsula. Routing includes all the major sights and does not coincide with Loop Head Drive nor Loop Head Cycleway! Quiet paved single lane roads throughout. Not recommended on a windy day! Length: 61.3 kms, at least half a day, plus stops for Picnic and Sightseeing
- Around Doonbeg
Easy-to-drive circuit to explore the Doonbeg Area. Mostly on quiet country lanes through Boglands and near the coast with views on Atlantic up to the Cliffs of Moher. Includes a visit to Doughmore Beach. Not suitable for racing bicycles! Length: 25.2 kms, 2-3 hrs.
- Kilfenora Burren
This track is a shorter, more family friendly version of north clare bicycle loop no.4 (originally from Doolin) but starts and ends in Kilfenora. Quiet roads, nice Burren scenery. Highlight is little visited Noughaval Church, one of the earliest christian monuments of the Burren. Lots of good parking opportunities in Kilfenora. Length: 23 kms, 2-3 hrs.
- Mid Clare
Loop track in lovely landscape of Mid Clare, following in parts the walking route Mid Clare Way. Most of the route is paved, except for 1 km which follows a narrow foot path, where you might have to get off the bike. Starts and ends in Connolly, good parking opportunities at the church and at a convenience shop nearby. Length: 28 kms, 2-3 hrs.
- Around Drumbaun, Rockmount, Miltown Malbay
A relatively short loop with beautiful views onto West Clare countryside and the Atlantic ocean. A short sidetrack goes to Lough Keagh, a quiet lake on the hill. The whole route except the sidetrack to Keagh Lake is on paved and very quiet one lane roads, a few hills on the way. The loop starts at the church in Miltown Malbay, lots of parking there. Length: 21 kms, 1.5 - 2 hrs. Could also be walked in 4-5 hrs.
- Scenic Walking & Cycling Loop Corofin Kilnaboy
Short loop on quiet roads with splendid views on Inchiquin Lake and the Burren. Starts and ends at the parking/picknick area at Inchiquin Lake, well signposted from Corofin village. Some hills on the way, best to be done in an anti-clockwise direction. Suits walkers and cyclists. Length: 21 kms, 1.5 - 2 hrs. Could also be walked in 4-5 hrs.