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Looped Walks

Looped Walks

Lough Avalla Farm Looped Walk

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Mullaghmore
Burren National Park
Clare
Republic of Ireland

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This is a magical walk through an old Celtic farm, and sweeping the shores of the little lake called Lough Avalla. Please note that you are on a working farm and that the sheep, goats and cattle graze here. Please stay on the official path.

A-B. The trailhead is located at Mullaghmore Crossroads in the heart of the Burren National Park – and a range walking trails start and finish here. From the crossroads follow the purple (and yellow) arrows along a sandy laneway known as the Green Road. The yellow arrows are for the Burren Way - a long distance walking route marked with the familiar walking man. After 1km you reach a junction with a farm laneway on your right. Here the Burren Way goes straight ahead through gates - but you turn right.

B-C. Follow the purple arrows for 500m to reach a metal gate and, almost immediately, a small wooden gate on your left with a sign to a Holy Well. Turn left here. From here, the waymarking changes from the black posts to standing stone slabs. Follow them as the loop passes the Holy Well and takes you from a tree-lined path into the familiar Burren landscape. Ascend to reach a stone cairn before sweeping right and following the line of high ‘cliffs’ (on your left) as the loop takes you on a tour through a mix of stone fields, scrub and pastures. Watch out for the sheep, goats and cattle that graze here. After nearly 2km you join a farm laneway and reach little Lough Avalla on your right.

C-A. Almost immediately after the lake, the loop turns left through a little gateway. Continue to follow the purple arrows as you are taken uphill again for one last glimpse of this spectacular location - and the farm that lies tucked within. After 500m you rejoin the farm laneway at the gate to the Holy Well. This time follow the laneway back to the Green Road, turn left and enjoy the 1km back to the trailhead at Mullaghmore Cross.

Descriptions
Ascent

150m/120m

Distance

6km / 2hr30mins

Estimated Time

3hrs

Grade

Hard (typical underfoot Burren terrain)

Minimum Gear

Hiking boots, raingear, fluid, snack and mobile phone

To suit all levels of fitness OS Sheet 51, 303 944

Services

Corofin (10km)

Start and Finish

Mullaghmore Crossroads, Burren National Park, Co Clare

Terrain

Minor roads, farm tracks and laneways, open Burren ground

Trailhead

Mullaghmore Crossroads, Burren National Park, Co Clare

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