The East Clare Way appeals to walkers who like a bit of wilderness and breathtaking scenery and those interested in monuments of the past.
East Clare is a haven for those who enjoy hiking and walking, with lakeshore walks, mountainous hikes and casual strolls around every corner, there is something for everyone.
The East Clare Way is a stunning circular route that crosses the Slieve Bernagh Mountains before descending to the Clare lakeland areas around Tulla and Feakle.
Circling Lough Graney, the route then climbs again over the rugged boglands of the Slieve Aughty Mountain back towards Lough Derg. The way returns through the hills towards Scarriff and on to complete its circuit back at Killaloe.
This is a route that will appeal to walkers who like a bit of wilderness and are interested in monuments of the past. The rare hen harrier, the merlin, and herds of Sika deer, may be spotted along the way, which is scattered with dolmens, holy wells and ancient churches.
The East Clare Way can be comfortably walked in eight days with stage lengths ranging from 10 to 30 km.
Trailheads are at Killaloe, Broadford, O’Callaghan’s Mills, Tulla, Feakle, Flagmount, Whitegate, Mountshannon, and Scarriff.
- Distance: approximately 172km in length.
- Ascent: ascends some 3,000 metres (10,000 feet).
- Grade: easy to moderate.
- Terrain: steep climb approaching Kilbane.
For the more casual walker, there are many well-signposted local loops of varying lengths centred on some of the beautiful towns and villages along the route.
For further details, check out the website or visit www.sportireland.ie/outdoors.
Good to Know
Participation fees: Free participation.
Operating months: Operates year-round (please do not walk in times of heavy rain or wind).
Suitability for younger children: Moderately suited.
Rainy days: All outdoor.
Other amenities: Grocery shops, coffee shops, bars and restaurants are near the trailheads along the route.
Parking: Free car parking is available at all trailheads along the route, free coach parking is available at some of the trailheads.
Details are subject to change. It is always advisable to check the opening dates, times, and other information on their website or directly with the activity before visiting or booking.