Ballinruan Loops - Ballinruan Loop

County Clare
2 reviews
Grade Moderate
Length 10.4 km
Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Format Loop
Ascent 60 m
Dogs Allowed No
Waymarking Green 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, forest and bog paths 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

Karen O'Neill from Galway

I did this trail on a bike, it is a little bit of a climb as you leave Ballinruan Village. Once you turn right onto the lesser road it is downhill and levels off. I really enjoyed the location of this trial starting in Ballinruan village, and yet you are very much in the heart of the countryside. Beautiful views of the Clare hills and very few houses. Also fabulous view of the lake from Ballinraun. I would recommend, walking or cycling it. Bring a bottle of water as there are no shops.

Deidre from Clare

Pleasant walk on a dry day. Good views of the Burren & beyond. 80% of the walk was on roads but quiet ones fortunately. Tracks over the bogs would probably never dry out so be prepared for very wet bits A good walk to discover a new area.

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