Mid Clare Way

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Mid Clare Way
Length148 km (92 mi)[1]
LocationCounty Clare, Ireland
DesignationNational Waymarked Trail[1]
Elevation gain/loss+1,620 m (5,315 ft)[1]
Hiking details

The Mid Clare Way is a long-distance trail in County Clare, Ireland. It is a 148-kilometre (92-mile) long circular route that begins and ends in Newmarket-on-Fergus. It is typically completed in six days.[1] It is designated as a National Waymarked Trail by the National Trails Office of the Irish Sports Council and is managed by East & Mid Clare Way Limited and the Mid Clare Way Committee.[2] The trail was developed over a six-year period and opened on 31 May 1999 by Síle de Valera, Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands.[3]

The trail makes a circuit of the countryside surrounding the town of Ennis, taking in the villages of Quin, Spancil Hill, Doon, Ruan, Connolly, Lissycasey and Clarecastle.[4] The trail connects with the East Clare Way at the townland of Gortnamearacaun.[4]

A review of the National Waymarked Trails in 2010 found the condition of the route to be poor and usage to be low with a high proportion of the route (65%) to be on roads.[5] The report recommended that format of the trail be examined and consideration given to the development of a series of shorter walks.[6]



  1. ^ a b c d e "Mid Clare Way". IrishTrails. Irish Sports Council. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  2. ^ National Trails Office 2010, p. 39.
  3. ^ "Mid-Clare Way opens after six years of effort". The Irish Times. Dublin. 31 May 1999. p. 2.
  4. ^ a b "The Mid Clare Way". Clare Trails. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  5. ^ National Trails Office 2010, pp. 39-40.
  6. ^ National Trails Office 2010, p. 40.


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