Lough Avalla Farm loop

County Clare
21 reviews
Grade Moderate
Length 6 km
Time 2.5 hours
Format Loop
Ascent 140 m
Dogs Allowed No
Waymarking Purple arrow
Start Point
lay-by at Gortlecka Crossroads, Mullaghmor, Burren National Park
Finish Point
lay-by at Gortlecka Crossroads, Mullaghmor, Burren National Park
Nearest Town to Start Corofin
Grid Ref. R 303 944
Lat. and Long. 52.996638, -9.036644

This loop is waymarked with standing stone slabs and passes through an old celtic farm, touching on the shores of Lough Avalla. On sandy roadways, farm tracks, laneways and open Burren ground it includes an ascent to a stone cairn, a line of high ‘cliffs’ and a mix of stone fields, scrub and pastures with great views, particularly of Mullaghmore.

The landowner asks for your co-operation that no dogs are brought along the Lough Avalla Farm loop.

OSI Maps

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Anne from Kilkenny

Fantastic walk, views were amazing. Went with my parents - took me about 2 hours, took them about 3.5. Tea and scones at the end were well earned! Care needed if you have trouble with slightly uneven ground but I had no trouble and highly recommend this. Do wear good footwear and bring your camera!

Nicola from Cork

Lovely walk through the Burren. Stopped off at the farm after for coffee and homemade cake, and met the owners too, definitely worth a visit!

marion from Clare

Wonderful , wonderful. My sister and I just did this walk today our first time but not our last. Go and enjoy it: the scenery, nature and those cheeky little fellas the goats!


Maura from Dublin

This has to be one of my favourite walks in Clare. It has a bit of everything - Burren paving, hazel forest, a holy well, an adorable goat farm, a lake with jetty, fantastic views over Mullaghmore etc. etc. and all packed into 6 km of relatively easy walking. I note that the instructions all say it is a 2.5H walk, but I would add at least another hour for the numerous stops you will find yourself making to admire the view, hang over the fence calling to the baby goats, swinging your legs on the jetty. Bring a bottle of water, something to snack on and a camera (or decent camera phone) - trust me you will kick yourself if you don't. No need to bring a walking stick, as these are kindly provided at the start of the hazel wood.

Stephen Leech celbridge Kildare from _none

One of the best walking trails you will find in Ireland. Stunning views over The Burren. It is not a steep walk, varies from a country lane to walking over fields and stone track. Take great care over the stone track parts as the stone is very smooth and slippy. It took my wife and me 2 hours.

Pauline from Clare

Fantastic walk with varied surroundings, from shaded leafy paths to rocky trails with amazing views of Mullaghmore and countryside. Particularly enjoyed the path down to the lake and close to the farm. The walk is very well marked and easy to follow, challenging without being strenuous. I would highly recommend it and will definitely do it again!

Michelle from Clare

A most wonderful experience, living in Co.Clare and this was my first time doing this walk and will definitely be doing it again. I'm not an experienced walker nor am I fit but found this walk to be truly amazing and not too difficult. Well signposted throughout the walk and no fear of getting lost. However care is needed in some spots. The farmhouse was a lovely addition to the end of the walk with a very friendly welcome.

Fiona from Kilkenny

While on a mini-break to north Clare we were very keen to go for a hike / walk through the real Burren, and without thinking that we might be doing any damage to that unique landscape... the Lough Avalla loop walk was recommended to us by someone with local knowledge. Lucky us, the walk was truly spectacular!

From the parking at the well-signed Trailhead, ...and the hand-turned walking poles provided by the land-owner, ...and the clearly marked and supremely well-thought-out trail route, ...and the mixture of forest, rocky, and lake-side terrain, ... and the rustic, hand-made gates and guard-rails, ... and the incredible views,... and the giddy goats and curly-haired cows we met along the way,... to the very pleasant and equally interesting farmer (and trail-maker) we were fortunate to encounter as we finished up our walk,... these were a wonderful couple of hours very well spent, and we got exercise into the bargain!!

Maura from Meath

This is a really lovely walk, and especially suitable if you are not too fit but still want to stretch your legs - none of the inclines are too steep and there are plenty of fantastic viewing spots that give a good excuse to stop and catch your breath. The designer of this trail should be particularly congratulated for their signage - this is really excellent. At no point did we feel that we were lost, as the next arrow always seemed to come in to view just in time. I believe that during the summer the farmer who developed this trail opens his doors for tea and scones - that would have been a fantastic end to the walk. Hopefully we will get a chance to go back during the summer to do it again. Really recommend.

Nicky from Galway

Walked this trail today and really enjoyed it. Not too strenuous but had to take care on wet rocks. Well organised and marked out. Saw goats, kids and other animals as we walked. Lovely views of the local countryside.

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