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CHRISTMAS 2016 guided Burren walk VOUCHERS. A really original Christmas gift that creates no clutter in the house! Contact us for full detail.

Tailor made Burren walks are available all year round. They range from gentle one hour strolls to day-long strenuous hill walks. The half day long walk is the most popular one – lasting about two and a half hours. The walks can take place in the rugged interior of the National Park or along the Burren’s spectacular coastline. All the outings feature the limestone pavement, wild plants and monuments of the region. All our Burren walks are looped and off-road.

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Coastal walking. Black Head, Fanore.

Here is just a sample of the walks from the Burren hikes menu -

Burren National Park Farm Trail, Kilnaboy – limestone pavement, sublime native woodland, flower-rich pastures, recently discovered cairns (prehistoric tombs), unusual native cattle breeds and lavish views of one of Ireland’s most eccentrically shaped hills.

Burren National Park, Cooloorta Trail, Kilnaboy – limestone pavement, flower-rich farmland, prehistoric tomb, Famine relief road, abandoned potato cultivation ridges (“lazy beds”) and outstanding views of parts of Counties Clare and Galway.

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The exhilarating sound of the male cuckoo is widespread in the Burren in spring.

Burren Nature Reserve, Carran – limestone pavement, the renowned Burren flower mélange, mature hazel woodland, Early Medieval (400-100 A.D.) hermitage, holy well and an extremely rich pilgrimage landscape. Outstanding location in a pass in the uplands.

Coastal Trail, Fanore – limestone pavement, Burren wild flower extravaganza, fulachta fia (prehistoric cooking site), ancient field sytems, stunning vistas of Galway Bay, Connemara, the Aran Islands and the rocky Burren itself.


Heart of Burren Walks is the winner of Outdoor Visitor Communication Award 2015 Burren/Cliffs of Moher Geopark. The prize for the winner was the shooting of a two minute long film featuring Heart of Burren Walks. The piece was made by renowned film maker Fergus Tighe and it can be viewed here..

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“Best is a guide to reveal the joys around you – and no better person than Tony Kirby with his encyclopaedic and entertaining knowledge of the landscape” Ross Golden-Bannon, Sunday Business Post.

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If you would like to book one of the Tailor Made Walks, you can do so by clicking on the button and paying the deposit of 50 euros.

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18 Responses to “Tailor Made Walks”

Tony was a great guide, good-humoured and he gave us various interesting snippets about the landscape.

We climbed Mulloughmore Hill which was demanding enough.

It is truly majestic and we felt a great sense of achievement.

A great day out!

Mary Whelan, Limerick city, Ireland on 8th of April 2010 at 8:21 am

Just a few words on behalf of the Tuesday Walking Group to thank you Tony for leading our walk in the Burren.

Although the weather on that day was a little wet to say the least, we all were amazed at the flora and the remarkable unique landscape of the limestone pavements on the walk up to Mullaghmore. Your knowledge of the area was extensive and you were able to impart this information with enthusiasm so that it was easily understood.

It was a memorable occasion for our group and set the seal on what was a very enjoyable holiday.

George Mc Conkey, Tuesday Walking Club, Belfast city.

George Mc Conkey, Tuesday Walking Group, Belfast, Ireland on 23rd of June 2010 at 11:37 pm

I hillwalk in the Burren from time to time but this was the first occasion I took a guided tour. Tony opened our eyes to the Burren and its flora. He helped us feel its beauty and not just admire the scenery. I brought my teenage daughter along with us and she surprised us all by how much she enjoyed the walk – she now wants a pair of hillwalking boots! Tony is a gifted tour guide and the lines of poetry further enhanced a beautiful day.

Mary Byrt, Ennis, County Clare, Ireland on 9th of July 2010 at 11:22 am

The day we spent with you on the Burren was the highlight of our visit to Ireland. Thank you for such a
gracious and insightful tour.

Robert Campsmith, Portage, Michigan, U.S.A on 22nd of July 2010 at 9:43 pm

I looked forward to my first walk in the Burren having returned to Clare after many years abroad. I was delighted with the guided walk with Tony. I loved the legends of St. Colman, the poetry at various points and the snippets of archaeology as we walked along. The highlight for me was St. Colman’s church and spring in the verdant, ancient “bower” hidden away near the top of a cliff. It was amazing to scoop up and sip the fresh water and to sprinkle it over myself and others, as serious as myself! Tony lightened the experience with humour and I returned refreshed. I forgot to get the names of the authors of those so appropriate poems. But that’s for next time!

Kathleen Doyle, County Clare Ireland on 12th of January 2011 at 5:48 pm

Hi Tony,

Just a note to say thanks again for a wonderful day on the Burren. It gave us an even greater appreciation for that splendid place

Douglas and Kathi Jones, Minneapolis-St Paul USA on 3rd of May 2011 at 10:39 pm

We very much enjoyed our outing in the Burren and meeting you. We hope you have a wonderful summer season and keep up the good work informing the visitors about the fragility, history and beauty of the Burren.

Rob and Robbin Luther, New Jersey, USA on 1st of July 2011 at 7:52 am

I really enjoyed the walk and I learned an immense amount.

Cyn Eberhard, Colorado, USA on 5th of July 2011 at 11:07 pm

What I really enjoyed was the way that Tony caught something of the ‘spirit’ of the Burren in the way he talked and the way in which he linked the literature and the landscape.

Wendy Smith, Oak Wood, London England on 24th of August 2011 at 3:37 pm

One of our most memorable experiences was a walk in the Burren National park guided by Tony Kirby. Without him we probably wouldn’t have entered the park (there are no tourist services and we wouldn’t have known where to go), and it would have been a shame–it is spectacular. Tony is passionate about this special place and very informative. The fact that he also knows his Irish poets was a definite plus for me! He was generous with his time and generous in answering individual questions.

Kelli Nichols, Seattle, Washington USA USA on 21st of September 2011 at 11:15 pm

On behalf of Slieverue Active Retirement Association I thank you most sincerely for our wonderful day in the Burren. Your knowledge of the area is a joy and I hope we retained a lot of it.
You were informative and entertaining and we all enjoyed your

Helena Rockett, Slieve Rue, Co Kilkenny Ireland on 22nd of April 2012 at 8:15 am

The guided tour with Tony was the highlight and an unforgettable part of our visit to Ireland. Tony possesses an incredible knowledge of all aspects of the Burren including flora, fauna, geology, archeology and ecology. His style of presentation is informative, entertaining and easy to understand for non-native speakers.Tony’s enthusiasm about the Burren is infectious. We would highly recommend Tony‘s walking tours of the Burren. Thanks again from Annette, Andrea, Birgit, Gabi and Josiane.

Gabi Canavan, Munich, Germany on 8th of May 2012 at 7:26 am

I just wanted to let you know that all of us have now arrived home safely after a wonderful holiday in Ireland. Your tour with our group in the Burren was a highlight of the vacation, and we want to thank you again for sharing all your knowledge with us.

Merlene Ogden, Michigan U.S.A on 17th of July 2012 at 10:50 am

I wanted to drop a note to say a hearty thank you for a most wonderful time touring the Burren. You certainly conveyed the uniqueness of this most unusual place, how precious the bio-diversity is and how powerfully human interaction has shaped its present day appearance. Candace and I also deeply felt the messages contained in your poetry recitations. These hours were one of the highlights of a most happy visit to Ireland.

Michael Chevalier, Vermont U.S.A. on 22nd of January 2013 at 6:09 pm

Thank you ever so much for the unforgettable Burren Tour you gave us! Bettina, our class 3Bb, and I were completely fascinated by the beauties you showed us, the information on the landscape’s geology, flora and fauna you gave us, and the amazing historical background you shared with us – and believe you me, it is not easy to get 18 grammar school students hooked that major in biology and chemistry but you did, Tony, and for that amazing experience every single one of us thanks you very much!!!
We will all definitely be back (hopefully soon!)
All the best,
Angela, Bettina and class 3Bb

Angela Chiappini, Basel, Switzerland on 11th of June 2014 at 10:41 pm

Thanks again for the tour of the Burren. It was fantastic. Your knowledge and enthusiasm were impressive. Slán.

Walsh, Los Angeles, U.S.A. on 29th of August 2014 at 3:28 pm

Many thanks to you. It was a brilliant day. The lads just loved your company and pearls of wisdom.

Sharon Manifold , Limerick city Ireland on 28th of March 2015 at 9:06 am

Many thanks for your inspirational Burren walk. It was memorable in so many ways, and I hope to be back before too long. There are friends who need to experience it too!

Wendy Morton, U.K. on 20th of August 2015 at 11:37 am

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