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Doolin to Fanore

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  • Countryside of County Clare
    Countryside of County Clare
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Walk through the beautiful irish countryside along some rural roads and past farms. You will have a nice view over the Aran Islands and the Burren!
Distance 19.9 km
5:00 h
278 m
264 m
240 m
5 m
It's time to leave the beautiful music capital of Doolin behind. You start at the Tourist Information Office and your route goes through the village again, passing some craft stores and pubs. You leave the village with a steep ascent up into the countryside of County Clare. Most of the time you will be walking on quiet tarmac roads passing some farms, fields and houses. Later on, the road turns into a gravel path when you walk through the Burren, a landscape full of rocks and fields but you won't find trees here. What you will find are nice views over the Aran Islands and the Atlantic Ocean. You will finish your walk with a descent down to the tiny hamlet of Fanore. 

Author’s recommendation

Enjoy the nice walk through the countryside of County Clare. You can find some nice places where you will have really lovely views over the Aran Islands and you can also see the views back to Doolin.

You should definitely try the fish & chips in the O’Donohue’s Pub when you arrive in Fanore. If the weather is nice, you can walk along the beach of Fanore.

Highest point
240 m
Lowest point
5 m
Best time of year

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Safety information

Beware of passing cars as you are walking on tarmac roads most of the time.

Tips and hints

Bus Stop for Eireann Bus. In Doolin and Fanore you can find a bus stop. If you don't feel comfortable to walk the whole route you can use the bus. See the Timetable for Bus No. 350 -  

When you leave Doolin, you can buy some water and snacks in the Doolin Inn.


Doolin - Tourist Information Office (11 m)
OSI Grid
R 06969 96611
53.012427, -9.386809
53°00'44.7"N 9°23'12.5"W
29U 474048 5873722


Fanore - In front of O'Donohue's Pub

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 km – With your back to the Tourist Information Office, TURN LEFT and go along the main road. You have the O’Connors Pub and some stores to your left-hand side.

0.20 km – Follow the main road and cross a stone bridge. The street curves right. TURN LEFT when you reach the T-Junction.

0.25 km - The Doolin Inn is to your right-hand side. You can buy some drinks and snacks in here. Keep going STRAIGHT ON and keep an eye on the traffic.

1.20 km - TURN RIGHT when you see McGanns Pub to your left-hand side. Go STRAIGHT ON the tarmac road uphill.

2.20 km – You reach a Y-junction. TURN SLIGHTLY LEFT.

2.40 km – You cross a little stone bridge. Go STRAIGHT ON and the street curves left.

4.70 km – TURN RIGHT at the T-junction and in 50m you will see a B&B to your right-hand side. Keep going STRAIGHT ON. The road is getting wider.

5.00 km – TURN LEFT. You see a waymarker with a yellow walking man at the right side of the street. Then go STRAIGHT ON.

6.10 km – When you reach the junction cross go STRAIGHT ON and keep following the "walking man" - waymarker.

6.60 km – TURN RIGHT. There is a house to your left-hand side and a little stone wall to your right-hand side.

7.90 km – You reach another junction. Go STRAIGHT ON and be careful with the passing cars.

8.80 km – TURN LEFT and follow the waymarker with the yellow walking man.

9.20 km – Follow the street STRAIGHT ON. It curves slightly right. You can stop here and take your time to enjoy the nice view over the sea.

9.50 km – TURN SHARP LEFT at the junction. There is a waymarker to Ballyvaughan and it says "Burren Way".

10.60 km – You reach a T-junction. TURN RIGHT. You’ll have a nice view over the Burren in front of you. Keep on following the waymarkers.

11.90 km – Go STRAIGHT ON when the road turns uphill.

12.80 km – Go through the metal gate. Just open it and keep going STRAIGHT ON

13.40 km – You have to go through another gate. Keep on following the gravel path STRAIGHT ON. If the gate is closed there is a ladder that helps you to cross a stone wall.

14.30 km – Go STRAIGHT ON. There are waymarkers to your left-hand side.

15.50 km – There is a junction to your right-hand side. Go STRAIGHT ON and ignore all the other side roads.

15.70 km – At the Y-junction  TURN LEFT and keep on going on the tarmac road, that will bring you to Fanore. Ignore the waymarkers of Burren Way that shows the way into the direction of the right- hand side road at the Y-junction.

18.90 km – TURN LEFT when you see a dead-end street to your right-hand side.

19.00 km – TURN SHARP RIGHT. After 100 m you will reach the main road of Fanore.

19.10 km – TURN LEFT when you reach the main road and be careful with the traffic. Go STRAIGHT ON for 1 km.

19.90km – You can see the O’Donohue’s Pub on your left-hand side. It is a blue big house and the Eireann Bus stop is just infront of the Pub. Welcome to Fanore and enjoy some delicious Fish & Chips in the pub!


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OSI Grid
R 06969 96611
53.012427, -9.386809
53°00'44.7"N 9°23'12.5"W
29U 474048 5873722
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If the weather is nice and sunny take a sun hat and sun cream with you. Ensure that you have enough water with you as there are no shops on your way to Fanore. Take waterproof rain jacket and trousers/pants with you just in case. Almost the whole way you will walk on tarmac roads so comfortable walking shoes are recommended but no boots are necessary.

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19.9 km
5:00 h
278 m
264 m
Highest point
240 m
Lowest point
5 m
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