Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Top Ten Fanore -second up!

 2. There is no glory like nature to brighten the heart! Fanore Lodge is at the foot of many superb hiking routes. Get out that door and enjoy some spectacular scenery, fresh air, and the unique fauna, flora and geological wonders of the burren. Here are just a few walking trails that leave from right outside the front door of Fanore Lodge.


Caher Valley Loop.  (Fanore to Fanore). Passing by the old ruins of cottages, remanents of the Great Famine 1845-8, and what remains of Faunarooska Castle, this trail provides fabulous views of the Aran Islands and Conemara.
To suit: This is a moderate trail and requires a medium level of fitness.

Blackhead loop

Blackhead Loop. (Fanore to Fanore)
Black Head Loop Walk is a strenuous 5.5 hour (23.5 km) loop walking route along the Burren Way. This walk provides views along the coast and varied inland scenery, viewing points include the Iconic Black Head Lighthouse and the stone fort of Cathair Dhúin Irghuis, a “stone-age fort” perched above Black Head.
To suit: Higher than average level of fitness.


Fanore to BallyvaughanThis is a fabulous mostly off road walk between Fanore and Ballyvaughan, taking you above the R477 on the old famine road around Blackhead. The route takes you over Gleninagh mountain, into Feenagh Valley and up onto the shoulder of Capanwalla, where you can enjoy spectacular views over Galway Bay. The walk into Ballyvaughan is on quiet country roads, farmland, and through a magical Burren hazel woodland. 
To suit: High level of fitness.

Check out Ballyvaughan Fanore Walking Club for events and Shannon Region Trails for an abundance of walking trails and maps. Download walking maps of the burren here.

Irish/Gaelic words:
Ag súil (eg shoeil i.e like shoe!) -walking
Ag cnocadóireacht (eg cnuc-a-door-ukht) -hiking
Slí (shlee) -way/route
Sliabh (shleeiv) -mountain
Radharc (rye'erc) -view

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