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.
All non-National Parks and Wildlife Service staff wishing to provide a guided walk in the Burren National Park must APPLY FOR A PERMIT from the park Ranger.
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. Details of each of the walks are outlined below and a Walking Trails Map is available for download (JPEG 1.64MB) and in the National Park Information Point in Corofin. Each of the trails are signposted with colour-coded arrows. The trails traverse a limestone landscape which can be uneven and steep in places, so care must be taken. None of these trails are wheelchair accessible. For trail advice you can contact us at the Information Point by telephone, email, post or in person.
Burren National Park - Mullaghmore Crossroads
The Burren National Park is situated on the south-eastern side of the Burren, in north Co. Clare. To access the park, from Corofin, take the R476 to Kilnaboy. In Kilnaboy take the right turn (L1112) before the ruined church. Approximately 5 kilometres along this road you will reach a crossroads. There is a lay-by just before this cross roads on the right. Then on foot, turn right, along the ‘crag road’; Burren National Park lands are on your left. Please park in the lay-by not on the crag road to avoid damage to the vegetation. This is a public road so be careful of traffic.
There is no charge to park in the lay-by or to enter the Burren National Park.
Slieve Carran/Keelhilla Nature Reserve
To get to Eagle's Rock/Slievecarran/Keelhilla Nature Reserve from Corofin take the R476 towards Kilinaboy. Drive through Kilinaboy and as far as Leamaneh Castle. Turn right here onto the R480. Then take another right onto L1014 (signposted Carran). Drive 5.3km to Carran and turn right when you see the church on the left. Slievecarran is 8.7km from here. Take the first left and keep driving until you see a parking area on the left. This is Slievecarran. Park here for Brown and Yellow Trails.
Alternatively you can take the R460 outside the Information Point. After 1.3km turn left to stay on R460, signed “Gort”. Drive for 12.1km. After passing Lough Bunny on the left turn left at crossroads onto L1010, signed “Ballyvaughan”. From the crossroads drive straight for 9.7km. Turn left at a crossroads, signed “Tea Rooms” and “Burren Perfumery”. Drive for 2.5km. When the road forks turn right and drive for 600m down this road. You will see a parking area on the right. This is Slievecarran. Park here for Brown and Yellow Trails.
These trails have some climbs and an uneven surface where the going is rough underfoot with some obstacles such as protruding roots, rocks etc. The routes are appropriate for people with a moderate level of fitness and some walking experience. Specific outdoor walking footwear and clothing is recommended.
These routes are predominantly in remote upland areas. They will typically include steep slopes which can be very variable and rough underfoot. The routes are suitable for competent mountain walkers with a good level of fitness. Specific outdoor walking footwear and clothing required.