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Mid Clare Way - Slí na Mearacaun
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A stunning six-day walk in the Banner County, the Mid Clare Way is a 148km loop boasting remote hills, river valleys and lake shore scenery in abundance.

Taking six-days to complete, the Mid Clare Way connects with the East Clare Way near Tulla and encircles the county town of Ennis.

Stretching 148km in total, the terrain consists mainly of quiet tarmac side roads and farm roads, with only brief sections across forestry track and field. About 96km of this route follows local roads.

Touching on the breathtaking Burren to the north and the broad Shannon Estuary to the south, expect secluded legs over remote hills, peaceful river valleys and serene lake shores. This moderate route ascends 1,620m overall.

Climbing to the western slopes of the Slieve Aughty range, enjoy wonderful views across to Mullaghmore and the Burren, and explore the idyllic nature reserve at Dromore Woods.

A number of overnight accommodation options are available across this route. Near the seven trailheads – Newmarket-on-Fergus, Quin, Ballinruan, Ruan, Connolly, Lissycasey and Clarecastle – you’ll find plenty of spots for rest and refreshment.

Trail details

Long Distance Waymarked Way
Newarket on Fergus
Dogs allowed:
    Time:6 days
    Nearest town start:Newmarket on Fergus
    Nearest town finish:Newmarket on Fergus
    Start point:Newmarket on Fergus - Public car park beside the Catholic Church
    Finish point:Newmarket on Fergus - Public car park beside the Catholic Church
    Waymarking:Yellow arrow on black background
    Facilities:Car parking
    At Start - on street or in car parks in Newmarket on Fergus
    At End - on street or in car parks in Newmarket on Fergus
Why we like it
  • With the Burren Way to the north and the East Clare Way to the east, the Mid Clare Way, also known as Slí na Mearacan or the Foxglove Way, loops around the centre of County Clare.
  • The highest point the route reaches (267m) is just below the summit of the wooded hill of Ben Dash, west of the tranquil River Fergus estuary. 
Contact details
Newmarket, Newmarket on Fergus, Co. Clare, Ireland
Leave no trace
  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Be considerate of others
  • Respect farm animals and wildlife
  • Travel and camp responsibly
  • Leave what you find
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Protect nature from fire
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