Caher Valley Loop

Walking
County Clare
5/5
4 reviews
Grade Moderate
Length 14.5 km
Time 3.5 hours
Format Loop
Ascent 300 m
Dogs Allowed No
Waymarking Red arrow on white background
Start Point
Fanore Beach
Finish Point
Fanore Beach
Nearest Town to Start Fanore/Ballyvaughan
Grid Ref. M 144 089
Lat. and Long. 53.11685, -9.28526

This loop climbs gradually up the Caher Valley on minor road, before following an elevated green road, the highlight of the walk, and descending on quiet road. Fine views of the surrounding Burren landscape with those to the west of the coast and the Aran Islands being particularly spectacular.

Trail Management

Rural Recreation Officer, Clare Local Development Company, Clonroad Business Park, Clonroad, Ennis, Co Clare Tel: 065-6866800
Email: trails@cldc.ie
Web: www.cldc.ie/rural/

OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheet 51
5/5
06/28/2018

Mike from United Kingdom

We (both over 70) did this walk yesterday 27 June 2018. It was 28 C for a lot of the day but with plenty of water to drink the walk was still a joy. The car park by the beach was empty when we arrived so starting there and walking north for a few hundred metres was easy. We turned left by the river and the church. Beautiful flowers on the verges up the valley including some orchids and bloody cranes' bills. As you turn right up on to the Burren Way the green road climbs a bit steeply to the top. The ocean and the Aran Islands come into view with spectacular views out to the west and behind you down the valley. The top has some good examples of what makes up the Burren; flat limestone paving and deep vegetated channels eroded by the rain.. It's a bit of a slog back down to the road and back to the car park. On such a hot sunny day, the car park was completely full. We went down to Fanore beach and eased our aching limbs in the cool atlantic water.
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5/5
03/21/2018

Tom from United Kingdom

Lovely walk - I did it in glorious weather. The first part along the (quite busy) narrow road isn't great but thinks improve markedly after that. The road section by the Caher River is very quiet and picturesque. There's a bit of an uphill pull to the top then a fine walk along the hill crest - just keep going straight on. Great views across to the Arran Islands. The downhill stretch on the road is fine - again nice views and time passes quickly on that slope. Before you know it you're back at the car park.
09/18/2017

margaret from Cork

went on this walk on sunday beautiful day .all was good signs good until we got to gate at top of shoulder no sign. we went right end up coming back to gate and going back the way we came. so one sign at gate would be very helpful.
5/5
03/19/2016

Damian from Galway

A stunning walk that begins and ends at Fanore Beach. Some great locations along the Caher River to stop and watch the water flowing downstream. Including the Khyber Pass as it snakes its way up through the valley. Follow the red arrows throughout especially where the trail begins its upward ascent, the scenic views from the summit are mesmerizing. Fanore Beach, the Aran Islands and Fanore village all emerge into view including the partial remains of Faunarooska Castle. This is a 3-4 hour glorious walk that is not too taxing.

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