You are free to hike and walk in the park. We recommend you wear strong shoes or boots. There are seven way-marked walking trails in the Burren National Park and Slieve Carran Nature Reserve, in addition to a Green Road. The walks vary from a short 30-minute loop walk to a three-hour walk over limestone hills. Details of each of the walks are outlined below and a ‘Walking Trails Map’ is available for download.
Each trail is signposted with colour-coded markers. The trails traverse a limestone landscape which can be rugged, uneven and steep in places, so be sure to take care. For trail advice, you can contact us at the Burren National Park Information Point from April to September or anytime by email.
The Burren National Park is situated on the southeastern side of the Burren, in north Co. Clare.
To access the park, from Corofin, take the R476 to Kilnaboy. In Kilnaboy, take the right turn (L1112) before the ruined church. Approximately 5 kilometres along this road you will reach a crossroads. While there is a small lay-by just before this crossroads on the right that can accommodate some cars, we advise visitors to avail of the free Park and Ride service from Corofin during the summer months. Then on foot, turn right, along Crag Road, and Burren National Park lands are on your left. This is a public road so be careful of traffic.
To get to Eagle’s Rock/Slievecarran/Keelhilla Nature Reserve from Corofin, take the R476 towards Kilinaboy. Drive through Kilinaboy as far as Leamaneh Castle then turn right onto the R480. Take another right onto L1014 (signposted Carran). Drive 5.3km to Carran and turn right when you see the church on the left. Slieve Carran is 8.7km from here. Take the first left and keep driving until you see a parking area on the left. This is Slieve Carran. You can park here for the Brown and Yellow Trails.
Alternatively you can take the R460 outside the Information Point. After 1.3km, turn left to stay on R460, signed Gort. Drive for 12.1km. After passing Lough Bunny on the left, turn left at crossroads onto L1010, signed Ballyvaughan. From the crossroads, drive straight for 9.7km. Turn left at a crossroads signed Tea Rooms and Burren Perfumery. Drive for 2.5km. When the road forks turn right and drive 600m down this road. You will see a parking area on the right. This is Slieve Carran. You can park here for the Brown and Yellow Trails.
During the season, we offer free guided walks along the trails in the National Park covering topics such as Burren flora, fauna and geology. Guided walks can also be arranged for interested groups (for four people and more). All of our walks are free but booking is required as places are limited. Please contact us for more information.
All non-National Parks and Wildlife Service staff wishing to provide a guided walk in the Burren National Park must apply for a permit from the Park Ranger.
Ireland is generally a very safe place as regards wildlife. There are no longer any large predators like bears, wolves, or large cats, but Ireland is home to smaller creatures that may prove troublesome. In Burren National Park visitors may encounter swarms of midges (small biting flies) on warm and humid days, and walkers venturing off tracks may be bitten by ticks. All walkers should be aware that ticks can, in rare cases, carry Lyme disease. Learn more about ticks and biting insects in our guide below.
To reduce any negative impact on wildlife and visitor experience, National Parks do not allow the use of drones on their properties unless specific permission has been granted to do so. For further information on the national regulations and guidance pertaining to the operation of drones (Small Unmanned Aircraft), please refer to the following online resources:
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency has published FAQs relating to these regulations, focusing on the Open and Specific category of operations. These FAQs are designed to support the drone community in flying and operating drones safely across the EU. All drone owners should read the Irish Aviation Authority’s Drones Q & A.
Video recording equipment, can include CCTV, dash cams, action cams, camera-enabled drones, and other technologies. Where these types of equipment are used, users (as well as those recorded) should be aware of the potential application of the various rights and duties under data protection law to that recording. Guidance on the duties of data controllers can be found below.
Dogs are permitted in the Burren National Park only if restrained on leads. However, dog owners must at all times be conscious of their responsibility to other visitors and wildlife. The following points will help dogs, their owners, other visitors and wildlife to have a safe and enjoyable visit.
Our Code of Conduct for Dog Owners is detailed below.