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Caher Valley Loop Walk

(04 Aug 2009)
Download a PDF map of the trail , and refer to the letters as you follow the route.

Trailhead: Fanore Beach Carpark, Co. Clare

Services: Fanore, Co. Clare

Dist/Time: 14.5km/3-4hrs

Difficulty: Moderate

Terrain: Mix of minor roadways and green roads

To Suit: Medium level of fitness

Min. Gear: Sturdy walking boots, waterproofs, rucksack, fluid, snacks, mobile phone

Directions to the Trailhead:
Start from the village of Fanore which is located on the R479, halfway between Ballyvaughan village and Doolin village in County Clare. Fanore is a one hour drive north of Ennis. The trailhead is located at Fanore Beach carpark.

A-B. Starting from the carpark turn left on the R479 road to Ballyvaughan and follow the red Shannon Region Trails arrows. Walk this road for approximately 500m until you reach Fanore Bridge on the Caher River. Take a right turn here.

B-C. Walk this minor road with the Caher River running to your left, which has the distinction of being the only Burren River to remain over ground as it cuts ever deeper into the valley. The walk also passes by St. Patrick's Church on the right, which was built in 1870. Continue along this minor road, for approximately 3.5km until a T-junction is met. Turn right here where you will also be joining the Burren Way.

C-D. Continue for a very short distance down this minor road and take the next right which will take you onto a 'green road'.

D-E. On your immediate right, you will notice the old ruins of Formoyle Chapel, which was in use until 1870. Continue on this 'green road' (uphill) for approximately 3.5km where beautiful views are evident including the Aran Islands as well as the distant hills of Connemara.

E-F. As you reach the end of the 'green road', take a right leaving the Burren Way and on to a minor road. About 1km down this road you will see the old ruins of Faunarooska Castle on your right. Continue on this minor road (downhill) until a T-junction is reached and turn right.

F-A. Continue of this minor road for approximately 1km (passing a school on the right) where the loop rejoins the R479. Continue to the right along the R479 for a short distance back to the trailhead carpark at Fanore Beach.
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