The Burren Way Walking Holiday

Start / Finish:
Liscannor / Ballyvaughan

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Availability:
April - October

86 km
Distance
7 days/ 6 nights
Duration
Breakfasts
Meals
Hotels and country cottages
Accommodation
611€ per person
Price


Distance
86 km

Duration
7 days/ 6 nights

Meals
Breakfasts

Accommodation
Hotels and country cottages

Price
611€ per person
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Would you like to discover one of the most recognized lunar landscapes in Europe and the world? You can experience them on The Burren Way Walking Holiday.

Get to know and explore the beauty of the Moher Cliffs, on the Atlantic coast, an area famous for its castles and caves, and the richness of its Celtic history that envelops the entire region.

Discover the charm of Doolin, the Irish capital of music; the magic of crossing the Atlantic Ocean by ferry to Inishmore, in the Aran Islands and the harmony of its rural trails surrounded by green landscapes.

You will be able to explore the vastness of the Burren National Park and delight in the tranquility and peace that its landscapes convey.  

You can enjoy our baggage transfer service that will allow you to walk much easier while discovering the beauty of this hiking trail through the towns and villages you’ll be visiting.

Also, if you have any incidents en route, we are at your disposal 24 hours a day via an emergency telephone. With Santiago Ways, you will walk safely and comfortably.

We’re glad you’ve got this far. Now, we just need to know how you want us to help you prepare your trip. We’re waiting for you! Leave us your details and we will send you a quote tailored to your requirements.









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Arrival in Liscannor

Today you will arrive in the coastal town of Liscannor in the west of Ireland, where most of its buildings and constructions pay homage to the name of the city. Liscannor stone, as an important building material in this region of the island, is characterized by its fine, sandstone appearance, and is extracted mostly from the area of the Moher Cliffs.

Overnight: Liscannor

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From Liscannor to Doolin

On your first day of this walking trip you will enjoy the entire south coast of the peninsula where Liscannor is located, and later, when you start the ascent towards Doolin, you will encounter the immensity of the Moher Cliffs. Enjoy them, and take some photos as souvenirs.

Continue your route to the capital of Irish music and popular tourist destination on the island: Doolin. When you arrive, and if you have time, get to know some of its Iron Age archaeological sites and, at night, revel in its musical culture at one of the town's traditional pubs such as Gus O'Connor's, McDermott's and McGann's.

Length: 19 km

Overnight: Doolin

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From Doolin to the island of Inishmore

For your trip today you must go by ferry (paid on board) to complete your route on the island of Inishmore, which is part of the collection of Aran Islands.

On your walk around the island, you'll visit Dún Aengus, the bronze Age-native prehistoric fort that is the most popular on these islands. It is located on one of the many cliffs, located in this case at 100 metres high.

It has four walls of considerable thickness that, in the past, like all the 'forts' in the area would have been used as a defence mechanism. As a curious fact, we would tell you that its purpose, it seems, had a more religious than military colour.

The route will lead you to surround almost the entire island in a perfect oval that starts and ends in Kilronan (in Irish, Cill Rónáin).

Length: 16 km

Overnight: Doolin

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From Doolin to Craggagh

Your day today will be in the direction of the north of the island and on your route you will pass through the famous and extensive landscape with a lunar appearance and great popularity in Europe, called 'The Burren', which perfectly emulates a rocky terrain of extra-terrestrial appearance.

Just before you arrive at Craggagh, where you will spend today's night, you will arrive at the village of Fanore, where we suggest you stop to enjoy its beautiful beach. As a curiosity, we emphasize that this town retained Gaelic as its language until the late 1960s.

Length: 20 km

Overnight: Craggagh

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From Craggagh to Ballyvaughan

During this journey, and after walking along a coastal path over several kilometres, you will approach Blackhead, one of the northernmost points of the area known as 'The Burren' which, in the Gaelic language, refers to a place of stones. This region has this name for good reason, it has been inhabited since the Stone Age and its many dolmens confirms this.

Then you'll start the descent again, almost halfway down the route, where you'll have the opportunity to explore rural and stone trails until you reach your destination for today: Ballyvaughan.

Length: 21 km

Overnight: Ballyvaughan

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Circular route in Ballyvaughan towards the Ailwee Caves

Today you will walk through the surrounding area of Ballyvaughan and have the opportunity to get to know a number of fortresses as you go along. Your central point on the route is at the Ailwee Caves, County Clare, one of the oldest in Ireland and whose entrance you will find at the top of a mountainside.

As a curious fact, we tell you that the immensity and popularity of these caves is because of the fact that they have been created from the melting of the waters below the famous limestone rock in the area during the Ice Age.

Length: 10 km

Overnight: Ballyvaughan

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Return from Ballyvaughan

Today you finish your walking trip along the Burren Trail and you will have to return to Shannon Airport or Galway Airport, the two closest with respect to your starting point and your route completion point.*

*Remember that when you book your circuit you can ask us to book additional hotel nights for the days after the end of your circuit to extend your stay in one of the municipalities on the Burren Trail walking route.

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General information

All the rooms you will find on this hiking trail have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure good comfort.

Our team checks on site the quality of all the accommodation offered in order for all travellers to have an adventure experience always accompanied by nights of absolute rest.

Availability

When working with quality accommodations with limited capacity, the exact name of the location will be provided 30 days before the start of the trip.

All our accommodation is subject to availability. In case we can't offer you any of them for reasons of capacity, we'll accommodate you in one of equal or better quality.

Single rooms

Single rooms are available subject to availability. Reservations must be made in advance and come at an additional cost.

Where am I going to stay?

All our accommodation has been selected to ensure tranquillity, rest and enjoyment along your hiking trail:

Liscannor

Liscannor

Doolin

Doolin

Craggagh

Craggagh

Ballyvaughan

Ballyvaughan

Included Services

checkAccommodation in hotels and country cottages.

checkRooms with private bathroom.

checkMeal plan of your choice.

checkInformative dossier of your trekking route in The Burren Way.

checkLuggage transport between stages.

check24 hours Telephone assistance on route.

checkVAT.

Additional Services

checkAdditional single room: to consult.

checkExtra nights (breakfast included): to consult.

checkTravel assistance insurance: 3€ per person and day.

checkCancellation insurance: 3€ per person and day.

In order to resolve our travellers’ doubts, we answer, the most frequently asked questions when we receive inquiries about our hiking trails.

If you have any other questions, you can contact us and we will be happy to help you resolve all your doubts.

Route

What is the best time of year to travel on this route?

This route is available between the months of April and October.

How do I get to the starting point?

To get to Liscannor we suggest you take a flight to Shannon Airport. From there, you can catch a bus to Liscannor that will take you around 2 and a half hours.

A second option is to fly to Dublin Airport and take a bus to Galway, which will take about 3 hours and, from there, take a bus to Liscannor, which will take you approximately 2 hours.

If you prefer, you can ask us at the beginning of your reservation to arrange a private transfer to travel and arrive in a much more comfortable way.

At the end of your route, in Ballyvaughan, you can take a bus that will take you in 1 hour to Galway. Check schedules and frequencies well in advance. From Galway, you can take a bus to Shannon Airport, which will take you in 2 hours, or even to Dublin, where it will take about 2 and a half hours.

Remember, we can arrange a private transfer both at the beginning and end of your route. Ask us about this option at the time of booking.

Can I travel alone?

Yes, you can. On most of our hiking trails we offer accommodation in single rooms if the traveller requires it. Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability.

Please note that for security reasons, some of the routes are not suitable for solo use.

This hiking trail is suitable for solo travellers, so you won't have any problems if you're on your own.

When can I start my trail?

You can start your hiking trail any day of the year according to the specifications of your itinerary.

Does this route have an accompanying guide?

All our hiking trails are completed in self-guided mode. Thus, each traveller has the opportunity to advance on their own and at their own pace for each of the routes marked during the full route itinerary.

What does the full route itinerary contain?

The route's complete itinerary is a guide we prepare for you with information on the maps, routes and sights of each hiking route.

You will receive it by email one month before starting the trip along with all the documentation of the trip: accommodation reservations, luggage transfers, among others.

The kilometres of travel and the journey times indicated for our hiking trips are reference values.

It will depend on each walker the fulfilment of these times and distances, according to the speed at which they advance.


Advice

What should I consider to prepare physically?

Both sedentary people and those who regularly exercise should physically prepare for any of our hiking trails.

Sedentary people can start with moderate activity and continue progressively. They should start by taking small 20-minute walks, two or three times a week. It is suggested to increase the time until you reach walk about 4 or 5 kilometres every hour.

People with regular physical activity can start by walking from 45 to 60 minutes a day and increase the amount of time and kilometres they travel in the same span of time.

Generally, it is recommended to start training about three months before starting the route.

How far in advance should I make the reservation?

There is no minimum number of days in advance to book, although on certain dates the occupancy of the accommodation is higher, especially in high season.

Therefore, in order to guarantee availability in the best accommodation, we suggest you book as much in advance as possible, so that we can meet all your needs.

What clothes and hiking equipment are indispensable?

For any of our routes we suggest you to bring the following items: light and fast drying clothing, waterproof jacket and trousers, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a pair of shoes suitable for hiking, trekking poles, a pair of shoes to rest in, a jacket that doesn't take up much space and a bottle to carry water.

Depending on the time of year in which you make the route, these items may vary.

Remember that with Santiago Ways, you have included a baggage transfer service between stages, so we will take your backpack from one accommodation to another so that you only worry about walking (maximum 1 piece of 20 kg per person).

For this reason, we suggest you prepare a second backpack, much smaller, that you can carry with you every day with water, sunscreen, cap, sunglasses, documents, some food and cash.

How does the baggage transfer work between stages?

Every day, at 8:00 am, you must bring your luggage, properly labelled, to the reception. One of our carriers will pick it up and take it to the place where you are going to stay on your next stage.

Delivery time varies according to the distance between stages and the carrier's delivery route. Usually, delivery is made before 4 p.m.

Please note that on many routes you sleep more than one night in the same accommodation, so the baggage transfer will not be necessary in these cases.

Should I take out travel insurance?

To make any of our hiking trails it is advisable to have travel insurance with all the necessary coverage, especially emergency evacuation and medical care.

To do this, we suggest you take out the Travel Assistance Insurance and Cancellation Insurance that we offer you in Santiago Ways. If you want more information about it, we will be happy to answer your questions.


Accommodation

Do all rooms have a private bathroom?

Yes, all rooms you book for hiking trails with Santiago Ways have a private bathroom.

Can I sleep alone in a room?

Yes. We offer accommodation in single rooms and double rooms, according to the requirements of each traveller.

Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability.

When do you tell me which hotels I'm going to sleep in?

We work with multiple accommodations in all locations which allows us to guarantee the best quality rooms for our travellers, provided that they are booked well in advance.

The name and exact location of each hotel is sent about one month before the start of the trip.

Am I going to share a room with strangers?

No. All the accommodations we book for our travellers have private rooms with private bathrooms in order to guarantee all the comfort and comfort they need to rest properly.

Is the accommodation close to the route I need to follow?

All the accommodation we book is located in the centre of the villages. In any case, depending on availability, if any accommodation is quite far from the centre, they are all accessible on foot.

When necessary, Santiago Ways will offer a transfer to the traveller so that they can reach their accommodation in the most comfortable way possible.

What kind of accommodation do you book?

All the accommodation we book in Santiago Ways offer the necessary comfort to rest after long days of walking. We have partnerships with hotels, country houses, mountain retreats and charming farm stays, always with a room and a private bathroom.

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The Burren Way Walking Holiday