Ballinruan Loops - Gortnamearacaun Loop

County Clare
3 reviews
Grade Moderate
Length 14.9 km
Am 4.5 hours
Format Loop
Ascent 120 m
Dogs Allowed No
Waymarking Purple arrow
Start Point
Ballinruan Village
Finish Point
Ballinruan Village
Nearest Town to Start Crusheen
Grid Ref. R 444 896
Lat. and Long. 52.95479, -8.82762

This trail offers pleasant walking on minor roads, forest tracks and forest and bog paths and old sunken tracks through a variety of landscape, including farmland, evergreen and deciduous woodland and blanket bog. The expansive bogland at the highest point is a good example of cutover and recovering blanket bog and also provides extensive views in all directions including towards the Slieve Aughty Mountains and the Burren while the Hen Harrier and Merlin are resident in the general area.

Maps and other information

Trail Management

Clare Walks, Main Street, Tulla, Co. Clare, V95 C4E0.


Car parking available at trailhead.
Shop, restaurant and toilet facilities available in Crusheen

OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheets 52 and 58

Ian N from Clare

I like this trail a lot. There's a good mixture of trail surface and environment, and the views are great on a clear day. It's not high, or extreme, but great for local leg stretch. Here's my walk...

Ptrick from Clare

Very well marked and varied trail. I walked it after a heavy rain and did run into some areas that were muddy and above ankle high in water. All in all very enjoyable

John from Clare

Ran the majority of this at the end of May18, during a period of good weather, the road sections were fine and well signposted, (one or two missing/overgrown, some really nice forrest trail, (more would be nice). some sections of the trail were very wet/muddy and covered by trees so unlikely to dry out. you can run alongside the trail on higher ground, but, its slow going, need waterproof footwear to enjoy this, I just had runners on. Great views on the way back down the mountain of the Burren at sunset to the west and a sighting of young deer standing on the trail was another highlight. turned right after bog road back to the village of Ballinruan, (about 12k ) but, will return to do this again including the lower section which looks like forrest road mostly.

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