Lough Avalla Farm loop

County Clare
25 reviews
Grade Moderate
Length 5.2 km
Am 2 hours 30 minutes
Format Loop
Ascent 140 m
Dogs Allowed No
Waymarking Purple arrow
Start Point
Lay-by at Gortlecka Crossroads, Mullaghmor, Burren National Park
Finish Point
Lay-by at Gortlecka Crossroads, Mullaghmor, Burren National Park
Nearest Town to Start Corofin
Grid Ref. R 303 944
Lat. and Long. 52.996638, -9.036644

This loop is waymarked with standing stone slabs and passes through an old celtic farm, touching on the shores of Lough Avalla. On sandy roadways, farm tracks, laneways and open Burren ground it includes an ascent to a stone cairn, a line of high €˜cliffs' and a mix of stone fields, scrub and pastures with great views, particularly of Mullaghmore.

Maps and other information

The landowner asks for your co-operation that no dogs are brought along the Lough Avalla Farm loop.

OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheet 51

Joan Kennedy from Tipperary

Fabulous trail. Done it with family of 5, kids aged 16, 12, 8. Little wishing stream is a magical little corner and Harry whom we met is lovely insightful and kind person. Telling us a few stories and giving us walking sticks and showing us his garden which is amazing ! He has a lovely way in explaining it all to the kids. It’s about 7 years since we did it and they still talk about it. Loved lazing by the lake at the end. Just magnificent. Icing on the cake, literally, was the cafe at the end, baking is mouthwatering and it was pay by donation,a lovely touch. Dont miss this one. We are going back again soon.

Kay from Galway

It depends on the weather, it's tough in places due to slippy stones, mud, and high water. But Harry, the farm owner, was a fabulous host with the best coffee this side of Columbia.

Karen O'Neill from Galway

This is my family's favorite trail. Children love seeing the goats and the oreo black and white cows, belted galloways. I would recommend good boots for this walk. There are some short inclines and declines, meadow, and Burren pavement. Children seem to manage it very well. The tearoom at the end is a firm favorite!

Tony Flynn from Dublin

My wife and I totally enjoyed this beautiful trail. It has a great variety of scenery and terrain, is a good workout too but is very manageable for most people. It's well signposted too. We enjoyed the rhubarb pie and tea/coffee at the end and a chat with Harry and a Dutch family. Would highly recommend it and would love to do it again.

Michael from Cork

Would agree with all the previous comments,wonderfully varied trail with great views with a few goats ( kid goats also) , cattle and a donkey thrown in for good measure.We visited over Paddy's weekend and the weather was showery,so some tricky footwork required in some areas as there are some steep descents in places.The walk does require a decent level of fitness and kids would need to be seven plus to tackle this,but no doubt they will enjoy every minute of it.A word of advise,take the walking sticks on offer at the trail-head,you'll be glad of them,just don't forget to return.Enjoy.

Martina from Galway

Great 8km hike...even though we hadn't realised it was that distance when we started out! Beautiful terrain - burren stoney landscape mixed with intervals of farmland. Some tough climbs but definitely worth it. Spotting farm animals along the way kept our 7 year old son entertained. Lovely on a clear day but parts would be quite slippy if wet conditions. The treat of fresh apple pie, brownies and tea in the farmhouse after was the icing on the cake! Harry took the time to show us his organic garden and to taste the honey from his beehive. Highly recommend this trail and cannot wait to go back.

Hanrahan Family from Clare

What a fab trail. Just can't say enough about it. After a very welcoming cup of tea and coffee at the farm house from the wonderful family that own the farm. Will defo be back!

Thea-Iren from Clare

I have kept my eye on this trail for long time. I agree with previous commentaries. It is amazing trail. But it can be very slippery in wet conditions. I had a perfect hiking weather and currently everything is blooming. Just beautiful!

Helen from Clare

Yet again, having now completed this walk for the 3rd time, it still remains by my favourite walk. I love the variety of terrain and of course the tea, cake and friendly chat at the end. This walk is now becoming my annual pilgrimage, its a little piece of heaven.


David from Dublin

There are too few superlatives to describe this walk - it's simply majestic: most likely the best and most varied trail in Ireland. It is quite challenging in some areas.

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