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Fanore to Ballyvaughan

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Beautiful and very diversified walk from Fanore to Ballyvaughan. You walk through almost every type of terrain today.
21.6 km
5:30 h
245 m
265 m
You will leave tiny, cozy and friendly Fanore today. But don't worry, today you will have an amazing stage coming up. For the first few km's you will walk through the moonscape of The Burren. You walk along stony and grassy paths. Maybe you will see some horses on your way. Later on you will enter a single trail that guides you through woods. After a steep ascent you will walk along some fields and country roads and past some farms and houses. Before reaching Ballyvaughan you have to go through some woods and single trails again. 

Author’s recommendation

You should pause for a moment when you reach the stony Burren. You have wonderful views from here and you could have a look for a nice place to rest. 

It is good to wear long pants when you walk through the woods as there are some thorny bushes and plants.

If you have time you could go to visit the Art Gallery of Burren College of Art.

Highest point
228 m
Lowest point
16 m
Best time of year

Safety information

There is a risk of ticks in the grass. Use insect repellent and check your body after your arrival in Ballyvaughan.

Take enough time for your hiking tour. Specified walking times are pure walking times. Breaks for photos and rests must be added to the specified times.

Tips, hints and links

Bus Stop for Eireann Bus. Bus Stop in Fanore and Ballyvaughan. 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 Fanore, be sure that you have enough water with you as there is no possibility to buy something on your way to Ballyvaughan. There is a little shop in front of the pub. In Ballyvaughan there is a supermarket next to the tourist information.

Ballyvaughan is located directly to the sea and you will find a lot of fresh sea food over here. Try some delicious seafood chowder at Monk's close to the Pier. In O'Loclainn's Pub you can enjoy some irish live music. It usually begins at 8 pm. (check ahead of time as it doesn't necessarily happen every night.


Point of Interest:


Burren College of Art


The Gallery mounts regular exhibitions of student work and exhibitions curated by students as part of their educational programmes.

Gallery Hours: 10:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday 


Burren College of Art is an internationally recognised not for profit charitable trust committed to the initial education of artists, and to their continuing.

The Burren College of Art was purpose built to the highest standards in 1993 in the grounds of a sixteenth century castle, winning architectural awards and becoming subject to a preservation order. Great care was taken in the selection and use of building materials to ensure that the college complements its natural environment. The campus was extended in 2005 with graduate studios and an art gallery.





O'Donohue's Pub in Fanore (38 m)
53.101762, -9.297117
53°06'06.3"N 9°17'49.6"W
29U 480107 5883632


Brunnen in Ballyvaughan

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 km - The blue pub is behind you and you are looking in the direction of the sea. TURN RIGHT and follow the main road for 10m. Then TURN SLIGHTLY RIGHT and you'll leave the main road. This road is more quiet and goes parallel to the main road.

0.70 km - BEAR RIGHT at the Y-junction. You'll walk through a neigbourhood.

0.80 km - You reach a dead-end road but still go STRAIGHT ON. The street is walkable for pedestrians.

1.50 km - There is a yellow walking man waymarker to your left-hand side. Go STRAIGHT ON.

1.90 km - You reach the main road again. Follow the road STRAIGHT ON and be careful with the passing cars.

3.20 km - Leave the main road again and TURN SLIGHTLY RIGHT. You are walking on a gravel path now and the road goes uphill.

3.60 km - Step over a little stone wall infront of you when the gravel path ends. Keep going STRAIGHT ON and follow the path through the grass.

3.90 km - Go through the gate and still follow the trail through the grass STRAIGHT ON. 10m onwards there is another gate that you have to go through.

4.50 km - There is a gate to your right-hand side.  Ignore this and follow the path STRAIGHT ON.

5.20 km - Ignore the path to your left-hand side. Follow the path uphill STRAIGHT ON. After 700m you have to go through a metal gate again.

7.80 km - Step over the little stone wall and go STRAIGHT ON down the single trail through the wood. In 200m there will be another little stone wall you need to cross.

8.30 km - You have to step over another stone wall. Immediately behind the wall you have to TURN RIGHT and the path goes uphill. You can see a green arrow as a waymarker for your way to Ballyvaughan. When it goes uphill you might have to climb over some stones but don't worry, you are on the right track! In 100m you'll see the next waymarker with the green arrow in front of you. TURN LEFT and follow the trail through the wood. Pay attention to the stones and trees as the trail is very narrow.

9.10 km - You walk over a little metal bridge. Go STRAIGHT ON and follow the single trail.

10.40 km - Step over the little stone wall. You'll see a metal gate to your left-hand side. Ignore it and BEAR RIGHT. It is a path that is going very steeply uphill so take your time and enjoy the beautiful views on your way up the mountain.

11.10 km - You have reached the highest point for today. Step over the stone wall again and go STRAIGHT ON through the path on the grass. For the next kilometre you have to go through three more metal gates. There might be some cows in the fields but don't worry, they are friendly. Double check that you closed the gates after going through.

12.40 km - You see two gates in front of you. Take the one to your right-hand side and go STRAIGHT ON.

12.70 km - You have to go through another gate and there will be a way to your left-hand side. Ignore this path and go STRAIGHT ON to follow the path. in 400m you have to go through another gate again.

13.60 km - You reach a junction and there is a house to your left. Just go STRAIGHT ON and follow the tarmac road.

15.30 km - Follow the waymarker with the green arrow STRAIGHT ON and ignore the path to your right.

17.60 km - You reach a junction. TURN LEFT into the Street L10282 and follow the waymarker for the Burren Way.

18.90 km - There is the Burren College of Art to your right. If you have time you can go to visit the Gallery, it is open until 5:00 pm. Go STRAIGHT ON and follow the tarmac road.

19.50 km - TURN RIGHT and follow the waymarker with the yellow walking man. 

20.00 km - TURN LEFT and step over the little stone wall. Follow the path. There is a field to your right-hand side.

20.40 km - You go through a little forest. Follow the single trail. After 100m you'll leave the forest already and have to cross some stones. TURN SLIGHTLY RIGHT and pay attention! You need to follow red arrows that are painted on the floor on the stones. Additional to the red arrows on the floor you can find white string on the bushes that show you the right way. After crossing the stones there will be another single trail through the wood and go STRAIGHT ON.

20.60 km - You reach another stone wall. Follow the path through the grass. In 10m you have to BEAR LEFT and follow the track. You need to climb over another stonewall.

20.70 km - Step over the little stonewall. In 10m TURN LEFT and follow the gravel path that in 100m turns into a tarmac road. You will pass a sports field to your right-hand side.

21.30 km - TURN RIGHT and go over a bridge. The sea is in front of you.

21.60 km - There is a fountain to your left and the Hyland's Burren Bar in front of you. Welcome to Ballyvaughan! Well done!


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53.101762, -9.297117
53°06'06.3"N 9°17'49.6"W
29U 480107 5883632
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


You may take some insect repellent with you and depending the weather a sun hut and sun cream or a good rain jacket is recommended. Don't forget your walking boots today as you will walk on a lot of different terrains.

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Ann Kilkuskie
May 30, 2019 · Community
The midsection of this hike is challenging. The trail is really a very narrow path, 12-15 inches wide, and very rocky. We did it on a wet day so it was slippery as well. Take care.
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