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Balyvaughan Wood loop

County Clare

This loop starts in the village of Ballyvaughan - a walkers welcome town and takes you close to Aillwee Cave - the most famous of the ancient caves beneath the Burren.

Hiking Moderate

8.9 km
68 m
68 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
3 m
High Point
37 m
Balyvaughan Wood loop Map

This is a popular hiking route which is generally considered to be moderate. It's not remote, it features medium exposure and is typically done all year round. From a low point of 3 m to the maximum altitude of 37 m, the route covers 8.9 km, 68 vertical metres of ascent and 68 vertical metres of descent.


The Burren and its unfolding layers of limestone form terraces on the slopes of the hills and the area has been described as a ‘lunar’ landscape.



Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

all year round


  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Wild flowers