Burren Walks

Your walking guide will take you on a guided Burren walk that captures the unique and beautiful landscape of the region. The Burren, on the Wild Atlantic Way, is an area of exposed broken limestone pavement covering an area of  250 km². It was formed 250 million years ago as the floor of a shallow tropical sea near the Equator. Today, sitting on Ireland’s west coast,the landscape looks barren with exposed limestone pavement. But hiding in the cracks and in various habitats are the most wonderful array of flora in Ireland.

Flora, Geology and history of the Burren

Your Kinvara Walks guide will show you the wildflowers and other flora that the area is famed for. See Alpine, Arctic & Mediterranean wildflowers growing side by side. On the walk through the Burren your leader will also explain the geology of the Burren and its formation in that tropical ocean. Our walks will explore how both man and nature has shaped it, and created the limestone landscape that you see today.

The beautiful village of Kinvara, Co. Galway

Kinvara is a beautiful seaside village on the shores of Galway Bay on the Wild Atlantic Way. Kinvara village is the gateway to the Burren from Galway. Our scheduled walks every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Whether staying in Galway city, or the Galway region, we offer you an opportunity to walk and hike with an expert guide. Our walks are timed to allow for easy access when you are holidaying in Galway city and the surrounding area.

Walk on the Wild Atlantic Way

When you are holidaying in our region or travelling along the Wild Atlantic Way, be sure to include a walk on the Burren in your itinerary. You will enjoy this spectacular and unique landscape. Our guides will make your visit much more meaningful and insightful. So choose to take a Burren Walk with us as part of you visit to this beautiful area.

Our Guided Burren Heritage Walks

Daily Guided Walks*

We meeet at 09.45 (to depart at 10.00 sharp) in the centre of Kinvara (outside Londis Supermarket in the centre of the village)

Adults – €20, Accompanied Children (U-16) – €10

Book online & SAVE:-

Adults – €17, Accompanied Children (U-16) – €8.50

*April & September 2018 – walks on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
May, June, July & August 2018 – daily

We will also be offering walks on Good Friday & Easter Sunday (30 Mar & 01 Apr 2018). Full details are posted on the Burren Walks page.

For 2018, we will be offering a choice of different walks. Most of our walks will consist of a 3-hour walk/ramble that is easy-moderate over 5.5 Km. This walk offers a very good insight into the Burren, it’s wildflowers, geology and history of human habitation. It is suitable for most persons who have a reasonable level fitness.

We also hope to offer some tougher hikes taking 4-5 hours with some steep climbs. These walk will aim to cater for experienced hill walkers only, who are looking for a challenge as well as an insight into the wonderful Burren landscape.  We hope to offer this walk about once a fortnight – please check back after 21 January. These hikes will cost €25 (€22 if booked online).

Our walks on most Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays will be conducted by a guide who is fluent in French. Please check this with us before booking if this is important to you.

Burren Walking Weekend

15 – 17 June 2018

Enjoy a great weekend of walks in the unique limestone landscape of the Burren on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way based in the beautiful seaside village of Kinvara, Co. Galway.

  • Friday – coach & ferry to Inisheer, 3 hour walk on this smallest of the Aran Islands, cruise under the Cliffs of Moher on the return sailing and visit to the Cliffs of Moher
  • Saturday – 4 to 5 hour walk on Black Head Loop with fantastic views
  • Sunday – 3 hour walk on Burren viewing wildflowers, history/heritage and geology of this fascinating area.

Total Cost only €199

including 3 nights B&B per person sharing in 4* Guesthouse
Single Supplement: €20 per night

More Details

Walking Guides

Local Experienced Hill Walkers

Paul Dunne is a highly experienced walking guide. He was a guide in the Slieve Bloom Mountains for eight years, before moving to Kinvara two years ago. He also lectures in tourism and guiding in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.

Anne Brindley is a highly experienced hill walker, and has trekked in many parts of the world. Anne is a retired lecturer and also speaks French.

Paul and his small and dedicated team of experienced hikers will share their local knowledge of the Burren, it’s special flora, unique geology and it’s history of human habitation for over 5,000 years. They will ensure that you will enjoy spectacular views of the Burren on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic seaboard.

So join us on a walk to learn more about the remarkable landscape of the Burren.

Tailored Walks

Group and Private Guided Burren Walks

Apart from our scheduled Burren Walks every Tue, Thur & Sat we can organise a walk at a time and day to suit individual requirements
Hiking Groups

We can cater for any type of groups whether they be Walking Clubs, Social Clubs, Sports Clubs, School or Work groups, or simply just friends – we can tailor make a walks that suits the interests and abilities of your members

Private Burren Walks

If you are looking for a private Burren walk, we can look after you. If you are looking to celebrate a special occasion, or just want something special – just give us a call!

Individually Tailored

By booking your own tailored hike, we can tailor all aspects to suit your specific requirements – time, date, route, duration and/or interest. We can make specific recommendations based on our experience

Weather Forecast

Partly Cloudy
Today 19 Mar 10%
Partly Cloudy
Sun and clouds mixed. Not as cold. High 7C. Winds ENE at 15 to 30 km/h.
Tomorrow 20 Mar 10%
A mainly sunny sky. High 8C. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 km/h.
Chance of Rain
Wednesday 21 Mar 30%
Chance of Rain
A few showers early with overcast skies later in the day. High around 10C. Winds SW at 15 to 30 km/h. Chance of rain 30%.
Thursday 22 Mar 90%
Periods of rain. Becoming windy in the afternoon. High 9C. Winds S at 30 to 50 km/h. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around 6mm. Winds could occasionally gust over 65 km/h.
Friday 23 Mar 90%
Periods of rain. High 8C. Winds WNW at 15 to 30 km/h. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near 6mm.