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Day Trip From Doolin to The Burren

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Day Trip From Doolin to The Burren

My husband and I are based in Doolin the first week of September, and looking for ideas/suggestions for a day trip to The Burren as well as Ballyvaughan and Ailwee Cave.

We're adventurous and love to hike.

Thank you.

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1. Re: Day Trip From Doolin to The Burren

Although I've posted this route as a "half day route in the Burren", you could make it last a day if you stop at Fanore beach, spend a while in Ballyvaughan village, and visit Aillwee Cave. Are you aware that Burren Birds of Prey is based at Aillwee? It's a marvellous centre that concentrates on education and conservation. We usually spend half a day at Aillwee and Birds of Prey:

tripadvisor.co.uk/GoListDetail-i22124-Half_D…

http://www.aillweecave.ie/

http://www.birdofpreycentre.com/

and here is a list of my favourite places in the Burren:

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You'll be spoilt for choice for hikes in this area; you'll find trails on this site:

http://www.shannonregiontrails.ie/

and I did this one which starts at Fanore:

caher valley:

shannonregiontrails.ie/FindaTrail/…en.html

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2. Re: Day Trip From Doolin to The Burren

For more information on this region:

http://www.burrenbeo.com/

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3. Re: Day Trip From Doolin to The Burren

Another useful site is the recently formed Eco Tourism Network.

http://www.burrenecotourism.com/

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4. Re: Day Trip From Doolin to The Burren

These are all great responses and I appreciate each and every bit of information.

Thanks.

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5. Re: Day Trip From Doolin to The Burren

Here's the link to my thread on hikes in County Kerry and County Clare. My favorite hike was the Caher Valley Loop walk which is described in the Shannon Looped Walks website.

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g186591-i88-k45597…

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6. Re: Day Trip From Doolin to The Burren

Great link Longhorn!

Thanks

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7. Re: Day Trip From Doolin to The Burren

@ Longhorn, I too like what I see in the Baher Valley Loop Walk.

The Black Head Loop looks great too, and a more difficult and longer hike. Have you done the Black Head?

I was thinking when the time comes, we'll choose one of these two options.

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8. Re: Day Trip From Doolin to The Burren

Tony Kirby does really great walking tours of the Burren daily except Monday. The tour starts at the Kilfenora centre, costs €20 under 16 free, well worth every cent. Tony is a mine of information and makes the tour interesting with poetry and great stories as well as facts and information about the area you wouldn't read in a month of research. I fully recommend it! Una from Luxembourg.

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9. Re: Day Trip From Doolin to The Burren

We stayed in Doolin, visited the Burren Centre and Church next door in Kilfenora, Cahencommaun Ring Fort, Polnabrone Dolmen, had lunch at Burren Fine Food and Wine, and spent a fabulous 3 hours hiking with Shane Connelly from Ballyvaughan. Great day!

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10. Re: Day Trip From Doolin to The Burren

The Blackhead walk can be shortened from an eight hour trek to a 4-5 hour trek by cutting down the Caher Valley road.horoughly recommended by everyone I know who has walked this route.Beautiful views over Galway Bay towards Connemara and fascinating limestone pavement.Good hiking shoes are needed as parts of it are muddy and the rocks can be slippy if it rains.

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