The Burren in detail


Walking and rock climbing are two of the best ways to experience the Burren's unique geology. Nevsail Watersports organises rock-climbing trips to the Burren, with access to a wide range of routes for all abilities.


The Burren is a walker's paradise. The stark, beautiful landscape, plentiful trails and ancient sites are best explored on foot. 'Green roads' are the old highways of the Burren, crossing hills and valleys to some of the remotest corners of the region. Many of these unpaved ways were built during the Famine as part of relief work, while some may date back thousands of years. Now used mostly by hikers and the occasional farmer, some are signposted.

Beginning in Lahinch and ending in Corofin, the Burren Way is a 123km way-marked network of walking routes along a mix of roads, lanes and paths. There are also seven way-marked trails through the national park, taking from 30 minutes to three hours to hike.

Guided nature, history, archaeology and wilderness walks are great ways to appreciate this unique region. Typically the cost of the walks averages €10 to €35 and there are many options, including private trips. Operators include Burren Guided Walks & Hikes, Heart of Burren Walks and Burren Wild Tours.

The Burren National Park ( also runs free guided walks; its website lists dates and has a downloadable hiking map.