Walking and Hiking in Doolin & the Burren
Doolin 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 are a plethora 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.
Guided Walking Trails & Hikes
Doolin 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 ~ www.doolincliffwalk.com
Backwest 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 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org ~www.burrencaving.com ~ Open all year
Heart Of Burren Walks Tony Kirby offers a wide variety of guided walks in the majestic, rocky Burren. The menu includes a summer scheduled programme 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).
Burren 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 into this magical place, with its intriguing limestone pavement, a diverse array of wildflowers 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.
Lahinch 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.
Adventure 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.
Wild 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.
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 an edible food foraging walk in the autumn. The shoreline walk includes observing migrating birds and foraging for edible foods and seaweeds.
Self-Guided Walking Trails & Hikes in the area
- The Cliffs of Moher Coastal Trail
- The Burren Way
- Black Head Loop
- Ballyvaughan Wood Loop
- Burren National Park Walks
- Caher Valley Loop Walk
- Carron Loop Walk
- Carron Turlough Loop Walk
- Fanore to Ballyvaughan Trek
View a list of selected walks, trails and maps here.