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Best of the Burren Way

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  • Walk The Burren Way along The Cliffs of Moher on Ireland’s Atlantic coastline
  • Treat yourself to a traditional Aran jumper on Inishmore Island
  • Cross one of Europe’s most distinctive moon-like landscapes, The Burren
  • Ireland’s music capital, the village of Doolin
  • Explore the Stone Age Fort of Dun Aonghasa on the Aran Islands
Walk the best of the Burren Way on Ireland’s rugged Atlantic west coast exploring the impressive Burren National Park, Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands. Take a ferry to Inishmore, one of the Aran Islands and stay in the village of Doolin, Ireland’s traditional music capital. Enjoy a pint of Guinness, the ‘black stuff’, as you listen to the ‘seisiúns’. Traverse the distinctive, moon-like landscapes of The Burren that were created over 330 million years ago and consist of vast limestone pavements. In just a few days you can really get a feel for life on these wild western shores of Ireland. Walking along rural roads and "greenways" there will always be a friendly wave from a local. Nowhere on earth will you feel more welcome than here in the heart of Galway.
If you are looking for a walking tour that offers an extremely warm welcome, musical traditions, places of historical significance, with stunning and distinctive landscapes, then this tour is for you. The walks are rated moderate and the trail along the Cliffs of Moher will be your most challenging but worth it for the views over the Aran Islands and Connemara on a clear day.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent tour.


Multi Center Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking tour

This trip is suitable for:

Families, Multi-Generational, Groups > 10

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 5 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Coastal & Island
  • National Parks & Trails

Activity Level & Terrain

This itinerary is graded moderate and is  suitable for regular walkers. However the day when you walk via the Cliffs of Moher is more moderate to strenuous as the path undulates and there are many elevation gains and losses. However on the other walks there is no more than around 300m of elevation gain and loss and often it is less than this.It is important not to stray too close to the edge when walking along the Cliffs of Moher as there are no barriers and it can get very windy, especially if you have vertigo.

You will be walking along green roads (old cattle drover’s roads), pathways, forestry tracks and minor tarmac roads.

As there are no “public rights of way” in Ireland these itineraries do involve some road walking. Overall there is around 50% of walking on rural roads. However the roads are generally very quiet and pleasant to walk on with great views with always a wave from the locals. At times though you may have to look out for traffic.


This route is way-marked but at times the way marking will be a bit intermittent and sometimes we may follow a different route to avoid a busy road, for example. However we provide you with route notes and maps which will help you find your way. You may also use the Macs Adventure App.


The accommodations on this tour are hand-picked hotels, B&B’s and guest houses. All offer a particularly warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious full Irish breakfasts.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

We will be happy to accommodate your party with single rooms if requested, and a single supplement applies. This trip is also available to solo walkers, and a supplement is again payable (as some costs are not shared). Please note that singles may not be of the same standard as twins/doubles.


A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options.

Most of your accommodations will more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Alternatively you can buy lunch in local shops/cafés. For dinner there are nearby pubs and restaurants in each location.

  • 7 Nights in B&B's, guest houses and hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Luggage Transfer
  • Taxi transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • A detailed information pack
  • Access to routes and maps on the Macs Adventure Smartphone App
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
  • Travel to Liscannor
  • Travel from Ballyvaughan
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Snacks & drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Equipment
  • Ferry to/from Inishmore Island
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Extra nights before, after or during your walk

When To Go

This walking tour is available between mid-April to mid-October. You can start on any date subject to availability.

You will find up to date availability on our website. The walk is very popular so it is best to book as far in advance as you are able to.

Getting to the Start

Shannon Airport is the most convenient airport to fly in and out of. There are buses available from  Shannon Airport to Liscannor (2H25). You can also fly into Dublin Airport and board a Citylink bus to Galway (2H30 to 3H). Buses are available from Galway to Liscannor (2H20). You can also take a train from Galway to Ennis (approx 1H20) and then a bus from Ennis to Liscannor. The following websites have schedules and fares. Bus Eireann and Irish Rail. Another useful website is Citylink.

The bus stop is right outside the Cliffs of Moher Hotel and Vaughan’s Anchor Inn, both accommodation options in Liscannor.

Getting from the End

Ballyvaughan is a one hour bus ride away from Galway. See website links above for information. There are just 2 buses per day to Galway. Once you are in Galway you can take a bus to Shannon Airport  (1H40). As mentioned above Galway is also accessible to Dublin Airport (2H30) by Citylink bus.

Luggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

General Information

The distances and descents / ascents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necesssary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat and sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/ cycling gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Ferry Information

The ferry from Doolin pier to the Aran Island of Inishmore takes approximately 1H20. For ferry information see Doolin 2 Aran Ferries. There is one ferry per day that leaves at approximately 10:00am. The return ferry leaves Inishmor at approximately 4:00pm. We recommend buying your return ticket (approx €25) on the Doolin2Aran website in advance.

Please note that schedules may change according to the tide and weather conditions and the ferry company also reserves the right to cancel ferries if the weather is extreme.

Customising Your Tour

Many of our clients choose to add or remove nights along the walk. For example if you want to simply walk the Burren Way from inn to inn, changing accommodation every night, you can reduce the tour to 5 days by excluding Days 3 (trip to Inishmore) and Day 6 (extra night in Ballyvaughan) Alternately it can also be a longer itinerary of 8 days should you choose to add extra nights in any of the overnight stops. Please contact our team should you wish to add or remove nights along the way.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Day 1 Arrive Liscannor and overnight Day 2 Liscannor to Doolin via the Cliffs of Moher 12 miles / 19 km Day 3 Visit to Aran Islands. Loop Walk on Inishmore 10 miles / 16 km Day 4 Walk Doolin to Fanore via The Burren. Transfer to Doolin 12.5 miles / 20 km Day 5 Transfer to Fanore. Walk to Ballyvaughan via Blackhead headland 13 miles / 21 km Day 6 Ballyvaughan Wood Loop via Ailwee Cave 6.5 miles / 10 km Day 7 Onward Travel

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