Burren Way

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Burren Way
The Burren in the evening sun.JPG
The Burren
Length 114 kilometres (71 miles)[1]
Location County Clare, Republic of Ireland
Designation National Waymarked Trail[1]
Trailheads Lahinch, Corofin[1]
Use Hiking
Elevation change 540 m (1,772 ft)[1]
Hiking details
Trail difficulty Moderate[1]
Season Any
Sights The Burren
Surface Tarmac roads, green roads, droving roads, paths and forestry tracks
Website http://burrenway.com/

The Burren Way (Irish: Slí Bhoirne)[2] is a long-distance trail in County Clare, Republic of Ireland. It is 114 kilometres (71 miles) long and begins in Lahinch and ends in Corofin. It crosses The Burren, one of the largest karst limestone landscapes in Europe. It is typically completed in five days.[1] The terrain consists of tarmac roads, boreens, droving roads, paths and forestry tracks.[1] It is designated as a National Waymarked Trail by the National Trails Office of the Irish Sports Council and is managed by the Burren Way Committee.[3]

The trail begins at the beach at Lahinch and follows minor roads to reach the Cliffs of Moher before continuing on roads to the village of Doolin.[4][5] The route continues on roads to Lisdoonvarna.[6] North of Lisdoonvarna, the Way joins a boreen between the townlands of Ballinalacken and Formoyle, crossing the plateau above the Caher Valley below Slieve Elva mountain.[7] This section passes a number of places of historical interest, including Ballinalacken Castle, several ruined stone forts and Newtown Castle.[7] The trail rejoins the road to reach Ballyvaughan.[8] From Ballyvaughan, the route mostly follows roads to Corofin via Carran and Killinaboy.[9]

The Burren Way originally followed a trail above the Cliffs of Moher from Hag's Head.[10] Many walkers now start from Ballyvaughan to walk the boreen the Way follows in its northern sections and eschew the southern sections altogether.[11] A review of the National Waymarked Trails in 2010 found low usage of the Burren Way by multiday walkers but high usage by day walkers on certain sections.[3] The report found that route has good potential to be developed as a National Long Distance Trail, a new standard of trail in Ireland intended to meet international standards for outstanding trails, but significant work to achieve this is required.[12] The report recommended that the proportion of road used by the trail be reduced as a matter of priority.[3]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Burren Way". IrishTrails. Irish Sports Council. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Burren Way". Placenames Database of Ireland. Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c National Trails Office 2010, p. 33.
  4. ^ "Burren Way: Map 1 Lahinch to Cliffs of Moher" (pdf). IrishTrails. Irish Sports Council. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Burren Way: Map 2 Cliffs of Moher to Doolin" (pdf). IrishTrails. Irish Sports Council. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Burren Way: Map 3 Doolin to Lisdoonvarna" (pdf). IrishTrails. Irish Sports Council. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Fewer 1996, pp. 87–91.
  8. ^ "Burren Way: Map 5 Faunarooska to Ballyvaughan" (pdf). IrishTrails. Irish Sports Council. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "Burren Way Map" (pdf). Shannon Regional Trails. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  10. ^ O'Dwyer, John G. (18 July 2003). "These boots were made for walking, but not on roads, roads, roads…". The Irish Times. Dublin. p. 18. 
  11. ^ O'Dwyer, John G. (29 November 2008). "A road less travelled". The Irish Times. Dublin=. p. D6. 
  12. ^ National Trails Office 2010, pp. 24, 33.


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