Carran loop

County Clare
12 reviews
Grade Strenuous
Length 9 km
Am 4 hours
Format Loop
Ascent 100 m
Dogs Allowed No
Waymarking Purple arrow
Start Point
Cassidys Pub, Carron village
Finish Point
Cassidys Pub, Carron village
Nearest Town to Start Carron
Lat. and Long. 53.03564, -9.07609

This loop follows minor roads, animal tracks and grassy lanes, taking in the Clab Valley, St Fachtnan's Holy Well and part of Termon Hill as it traverses fields of stone slab and passes a €˜turlough' (an area which floods in winter but disappears in summer).

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Take care as the limestone pavement may be slippery during or after wet weather

OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheet 51
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Mary from Dublin

A beautiful hike but difficult to navigate as markings impossible to find. Very easy to get lost and that took the enjoyment out of what should have been a great day out. Will not be returning.

John from Dublin

Got a bit further this time (August 2021) before losing the trail. The waymarkers are completely inadequate - either you have a well marked trail, or an accurate map. Here we have neither. Good views today but trail marking is very disappointing. It's not a physically challenging walk although it's very uneven underfoot in parts: the challenge is in finding the trail markers. Bring binoculars to see the next one, and a search party to fan out to try to find them.

NOTE FROM SPORT IRELAND OUTDOORS: The downloadable map on this website has been changed

Elaine from Clare

We attempted this walk on a beautiful sunny morning but unfortunately our walk was halted 2km in by 2 very large dogs in the roadway who were quite aggressive. We had to turn back as it was clear these dogs were not going to let us pass. Very disappointed. We are both dog lovers (& owners) and would imagine that owners would be vigilant on a designated walking trail.

Tom from United Kingdom

Good walk - lack of signs really from the top downwards. One particularly confusing part just as you come off the summit. As others have also commented that the final section can be a little confusing. Shame the pub wasn't open at the end of it!

John from Dublin

A good hike but very poorly marked from the halfway point.

The map at has the NUIG research station in the wrong place.

The route description in the "Burren Explorer" only goes as far as point E which is where it becomes challenging and where we lost the markers.

Incidentally, the map on the display board opposite Cassidys' pub has the "You are here" point in the wrong place too: you are about 600 metres south of where the map says you are.

Jim from Limerick

Yes, I agree with other walkers' comments. More waymarks are needed especially in the event of mist. Other than that it is a wonderful walk - but more waymarks.

Grainne from Cork

Lovely hike, stunning views of the Burren, one of my favourite loops yet walked. The markers are a little scattered and this is the only drawback, could do with a little more consistent signposting, but definitely will be doing this walk again!

Gail from Kildare

This trail is very over grown with hazel and very poorly marked once you reach the summit. We didn't find any markers to the section overlooking the Clab Valley & completely missed the section leading down to the UCG research station. Very disappointing


Pat from Clare

Beautiful walk, would not rate it "Hard" but site may be using a different rating system. The route sections E-F and F-G could be better marked. Met a few who had struggled in these sections finding markers, a few supplementary arrows using paint would suffice. All in all a great day out.

Damian from Galway

An excellent hike through some amazing scenery and well signposted too.

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