Ballyvaughan - Wood loop

Walking
County Clare
3.8/5
6 reviews
Grade Moderate
Length 8 km
Time 2 hours
Format Loop
Ascent 15 m
Dogs Allowed No
Waymarking Purple arrow
Start Point
Ballyvaughan Town
Finish Point
Ballyvaughan Town
Nearest Town to Start Ballyvaughan
Lat. and Long. 53.11682, -9.15159

This loop on minor roadways, green lanes, woodland and cross country, explores the valley behind the seaside village of Ballyvaughan with splendid views of the surrounding Burren's folded limestone layers. It passes close by Ailwee Cave.

Facilities

Car park

Trekking shoes, raingear and fluids are recommended

OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheet 51
6 trail reviews
3.8/5
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4/5
08/28/2017

Cillian from Clare

Our Group from Ennis Macra na Feirme walked this trail yesterday 27-8-17. A nice start to the walk passing the primary school and heading through working farming fields and into woodland. Be prepared to get you boots/runners muddy for this walk. In places wellingtons needed. I agree with a previous post re signage on the rocky area. Just keep your eye out for the red paint markings on the rocks and that will guide you. Some briars and hedges could be cut back along the way. Nice to emerge at Aillwee cave and eventually towards holiday cottages. Everyone we met was nice and friendly and lovely meal had after at the Wild Atlantic Lodge.
4/5
07/28/2017

Jeroen from Netherlands

Walked this trail today in good weather conditions in 1:45 at normal pace and occasional stops to enjoy the scenery. Beautiful route. Signposts seem to have been improved as we had no difficulty whatsoever to follow the trail (as some previous posts mention this to be an issue).
06/29/2016

Dave from Wexford

I have walked this trail several times and have always enjoyed it even on one occasion when I foolishly set out without rain gear and got thoroughly soaked. The walk begins at the seafront in Ballyvaughan and then enters farmland and light scrub. A portion of the walk is on country roads bringing you past the Ailwee Cave which is around midway and an ideal place to stop for a rest or a coffee. The trail is flat and the terrain is roughish in places so stout footwear is a good idea. Road sections are quiet with little traffic. The trail brings you through the rough farmland of west Clare with very pleasant scenery at all times (except through the light scrub) and finishes up back where you started in Ballyvaughan. Requirements: fluids, stout footwear and rain gear.
3/5
08/24/2015

Richard from Dublin

Walked this loop on 17/08/2015 and unfortunately I have to say I was disappointed in the trail. After starting down by the sea front the walk covers a large area of dense undergrowth and muddy farm land. Waymarking becomes very vague through a section of limestone which leads to a sense of uncertainty about the route. Eventually the walk brings you beside the Aillwee Caves and the views of the Burren upland area make up for a disappointing start to the walk.
5/5
12/05/2014

Lindsay from United States

Beautiful scenary. Highly recommended. About 3 hours and you're able to see all of the region's landscape. It goes right by Ailwee Caves for a stop off but check to see if it's open first. The trails are not well marked so keep your eyes peeled for markers.
3/5
07/27/2014

Alan from Dublin

I walked this trail in July 2014. Although it is not as spectacular as some of the other waymarked trails in the area, it is a pleasant walk through quiet countryside, ideal for a couple of spare hours on a summer evening.

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