The Doonbeg Loop is an 8km walk and is a great opportunity to explore the local area. The village of Doonbeg is situated in West County Clare and nestled on a magnificent coastal expanse. The village is reputed to be the longest village in Ireland Overlooked - the central point is an old stone bridge which crosses the Doonbeg river.
The name Doonbeg is a translation of the Irish ‘dún beag’ which means small fort. The village grew up around Doonbeg Castle which was built in the 16th century for the Earl of Thomond.
Directions to Trailhead:
A-B. Starting from the mapboard, follow the green (and purple) arrow out of Doonbeg village. The purple arrows are for the longer Tullaher Loop. After 750m you reach a junction with a minor roadway on your left. Turn left here - leaving the purple loop as you do. Follow this roadway for almost 1km to reach a T-junction - turn left but almost immediately, turn right onto a sandy roadway.
B-C. The loop now follows a bog roadway for over 1km to reach a sharp left bend and, 700m later, a T-junction where you turn left and rejoin the purple loop for the rest of the trip back to the trailhead.
C-A. For the next 1km the loop follows the bog roadway past three tracks and crosses the Doonbeg River. Another 1km takes you back to the main road on the east of the village. Turn left and enjoy the last section back to the trailhead.