Fanore Ballyvaughan Trek

County Clare
2 reviews
Grade Strenuous
Length 21 km
Time 5 hours
Format Linear
Ascent 350 m
Dogs Allowed No
Waymarking Green arrows 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. 53.1187, -9.28264 / 53.11697, -9.15226

This is a fabulous mostly off-road walk traversing the old famine green road high around Black Head, climbing to the top of the pass between Cappanawalla and Gleninagh Mountain, including some minor road and finishing through a hazel wood. Views over the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, Connemara and the hills of the Burren are spectacular.

Trail Management

Rural Recreation Officer, Clare Local Development Company, Clonroad Business Park, Clonroad, Ennis, Co Clare Tel: 065-6866800



Uses green roads, minor roadways, woodland tracks.

OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheet 51

Kev Jones from Clare

Irish path of the Gods.

Alan from Dublin

I walked this trail in July 2014. It is a very enjoyable and varied trek, taking in great coastal views, a close-up look at the classic limestone pavement of the Burren, a green valley and woodland. The route is well marked and although it is quite isolated it is not difficult for anyone used to hiking. I stayed in Ballyvaughan (a very nice base) and took the bus to the Fanore caravan park to pick up the trail back. As Bus Eireann route 350 links both places this is a very practical option. Overall a great addition to the walking options in this part of Clare.

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