Rural Recreation

As per the government guidelines on social distancing during the Covid 19 health crisis, unless any of the trails in Clare are within 2km of your home please do not travel to the trails. Once guidelines change and access to trails is allowed please continue to follow social distancing protocols and we would discourage walkers from visiting the Cliffs of Moher Coastal Trail as the lay out of the trail does not allow for safe social distancing. For updates  see Clare Get Sidetracked website and Facebook

Rural Recreation and The Walks Scheme

There are over 100 participants taking part in the Walks Scheme in North Clare, maintaining not only the long distance Burren Way, but also the Ballyvaughan Wood loop (9 km), the Blackhead loop (26 km), the Carran Loop (9 km), The Lough Avalla Farm loop (6 km), the Templecronan loop (5 km), the Fanore to Ballyvaughan Trek (21 km), and the Cliffs of Moher coastal walk (20 km). The Walks Scheme was closed in 2010, and unfortunately cannot accept new landowner applications at this time. The plan for government has an objective to double the amount of farmers on the Walk Scheme so the scheme may open up again soon, please contact the Clare RRO for details.
As well as the Walk Scheme trails, CLDC is also involved in a number of other trail projects in the County including the 12 O’Clock Hills in partnership with the local development group. CLDC also works with Clare Walks Ltd on the Ballycuggeran Loop and the East Clare Way.
Rural Recreation Officer Contact Details


Walking Trail Information


For detailed maps and directions on all approved trails in County Clare please visit


It is with kind permission of landowners that these and all rural walking routes all around the county are accessible to walkers. It is important that walkers and rural recreationalists recognise this and follow the principles of Leave No Trace when in the outdoors, which includes respect for landowners, their animals and their property.


Contact Eoin

If you would like more information please contact Eoin on +353 86 812 2030 or email


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