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Burren National Park

Located in the southeastern corner of the Burren and is approximately 1500 hectares in size. The Park land was bought by the Government for nature The Burren National Park conservation and public access. It contains examples of all the major habitats within the Burren: Limestone Pavement, Calcareous Grassland, Hazel scrub, Ash/Hazel Woodland, Turloughs, Lakes, Petrifying Springs, Cliffs and Fen.

Walking in the National Park

Guided Walks
During the season we offer free guided walks along the trails throughout the National Park and Slieve Carran Nature Reserve covering such topics as Burren flora, fauna and geology. Guided walks can also be arranged for interested groups. Please contact us for more information. All of our walks are entirely free but BOOKING IS REQUIRED as places are limited.

Walking Trails
There are seven way-marked walking trails in the Burren National Park; five trails start from Gortlecka Crossroads (Mullaghmore Crossroads) and two trails start from Slieve Carran (Keelhilla Nature Reserve). The walks vary from a short thirty minute loop walk to a three hour walk over limestone mountains.

Green Arrow Route (Nature Trail)
Grade: Moderate
Distance: 1.5km
Time: 40 mins
Climb: 20m
A 1.5km looped walk which passes through mature ash/hazel woodland within a doline, hay meadows and open limestone pavement. Beautiful views of Mullaghmore and Lough Gealáin. Some rough terrain with loose rock; suitable footwear is required. This walk is serviced by our free National Park bus service during the summer months*.

We have a free interactive app of the Burren National Park Nature Trail which you can use on your walk. This is available for the iPhone and iPad. To download The Burren app please visit the App Store or the iTunes store at:https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-burren/id705973027?mt=8

Orange Route (Knockaunroe Turlough)
Grade: Moderate
Distance: 1.3km
Time: 30 mins
Climb: 20m
A 1.3km looped walk which passes through mature ash/hazel woodland, hay meadow and past a turlough. Good trails throughout the walk; suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. This walk is serviced by our free National Park bus service during the summer months*.

Green Route (Mullaghmore Return)
Grade: Very Difficult Remote/Upland
Distance: 6.5km
Time: 2hrs 45mins
Climb: 140m
This walk consists of a return journey to the summit of Mullaghmore along the south-eastern side, and back down the same way to the Crag Road. The trail passes through large open areas of limestone pavement and along the edge of Lough Gealáin. This route is also serviced by the National Park’s free bus service during the summer months*.

Blue Route (Mullaghmore Loop)
Grade: Very Difficult Remote/Upland
Distance: 7.5km
Time: 2hrs 55mins
Climb: 140m

 

The Burren National Park
Burren National Park Information Point
Ground Floor, Clare Heritage Centre
Church Street
Corofin
Co. Clare
Tel: +353-65-6827693
Email: burrennationalpark@ahg.gov.ie (April to September)
Web: http://www.burrennationalpark.ie/


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