We did this popular Burren walk back in November on the recommendation of my cousin and were lucky to get an absolute stunner of a day for it. My parents joined us and we all really enjoyed it but I would advise that you give yourself plenty of time to do this walk – a combination of starting too late in the afternoon, coupled with stopping too much to photograph the stunning scenery and sunset, ended with us scrambling about in the dark on the way back down!
The terrain is very rocky and uneven and it got a bit hairy for a while, so I do not recommend a late start unless you are well prepared, well equiped and well experienced!
Luckily for us, José had tracked our walk on his phone and had a head torch, so we managed to make our way back to the road finally. We have since invested in a proper GPS device so we’re well prepared for future adventures!
You can find more information about the walking routes here on the Burren National Park website. We did the blue route (Mullaghmore Loop) which loops around the summit before returning along the same trail you take on the way up. Expect to take up to 3 hours to complete the walk, more if you’re photo mad like us! During the summer months there are free guided walks in the Burren and a bus service which will take you to and from the routes. Otherwise there is free parking available and there is no entrance fee into the park either.
As you can see from the photos, it’s well worth the trip. The Burren is full of unusual and beautiful features – check out Sliabh Rua below, the hill that looks like a cinnamon roll! We can’t wait to get back in the warmer months when it’s in full bloom.
Fans of Father Ted can also visit the location used for the TV show, as it’s very close by. You can can even arrange to have tea in Father Ted’s House. Ah go on! If you don’t have time to visit, you can still spot the house from the summit walk, just bring your binoculars.