Discover the Burren – Over the Hills & Far Away – style!
We will meet you bright and early in Doolin, outside McDermott's Pub where we will get you familiarized with our route for the day and also get you fitted for your bike and helmet. We will then get you into our van to head up to our starting point, just north of Doolin, at the start of the ancient Burren Way green road.
From our starting point, we will be able to see down to the Cliffs of Moher, over to the Aran Islands and north to the Connemara and the Mayo coastline. The ancient road provides us with a quiet cycle in the Burren limestone landscape with only cattle and horses as our companions.
Our route takes us past the Faunarooska Castle, an ancient round tower dating back to 1641, which unfortunately has collapsed over time.
Next we head down a into the limestone mountains on a challenging, ancient track and into the beautiful Caher Valley. At the entrance to the valley lies St. Patrick’s Church, which was built in 1870. Across from the church is were we can take a breather by the crystal clear Caher River and take in the surroundings.
The Caher Valley houses a vast number of ancient sites that we will get to see along the way, these include; a fulacht fiadh or cooking place just down past the bridge to the south of the road; the crude, penal chapel of Fermoyle which lies on the northern side, further on and 100 yards uphill - within it are a bullaun stone and an altar slab; and the famine village of Caherbannagh where only the foundations and hearths are visible. Ring forts are found throughout the Valley as well.
As we leave the Caher Valley we will go through the Khyber Pass, so named by the British Military, with staggering views of the surrounding countryside and glimpses of the sea.
Next we continue up further north and onto Blackhead's green road, where you will be in awe at one the most staggeringly beautiful and unique landscapes in Ireland. The trail is like a green carpet in the middle of rocky terrain, during the summer season unique arctic orchids can be found along the way, and rarely do we see another soul. It's a great way to finish up the tour before heading to Fanore Beach where we can take a breather on the sandy beach before getting into the van and heading for home. We have one last treat in store for you on the drive home, as we take the scenic Coast Road back to Doolin - views of the sea as well as the Cliffs of Moher rising out of the waves will cap off your day with us in the Burren.
As one of our past clients put it: “If you want to see things from a different view, do this trip!”
So come on, what’s stopping you?
Approx 22 km/13 miles
Moderate with some MTB experience recommended
Climbs on Route:
2 (level 5)