Beautiful and very diversified walk from Fanore to Ballyvaughan. You walk through almost every type of terrain today.
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.
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.
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.
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. http://www.buseireann.ie/timetables/1477574876-350.pdf
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.
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.