Looking to get out in nature and explore the beauty that East Clare has to offer on foot? Well, look no further as East Clare boasts an abundance of natural beauty waiting to be explored. Whether you're a seasoned hiker seeking rugged terrain or a leisurely stroller in search of picturesque paths, there's something for everyone to discover in our idyllic corner of Ireland.

Here are some of our favourite walks in East Clare.

Killaloe Historic Town Trail - learn about the rich history

Discover the history of the historic town of Killaloe by embarking on this short walk. Take a step into the past as you explore some of the town's historical sites. Start Between the Waters in Killaloe (on the Killaloe side of the bridge) and then begin the walk taking in the Killaloe Bridge, Killaloe Library, Tobermurragh, Brian Ború's fort, Kincora Palace Site, the Courthouse Killaloe, Main Street Killaloe, St. Flannan's Oratory and St. Flannan's Cathedral.

Keep your eyes peeled around the town for history panels outlining information and the history of the various sites. The walk towards Brian Ború's Fort is on a footpath to the side of the main road.

Difficulty Easy

Length 5.1km

Elevation 45m

Dogs Allowed — please keep them on a lead and clean up after them.

Cahermurphy Loop Walk - for tranquility and nature

Traverse a diverse landscape of forest tracks, tranquil roads, winding paths, and quaint boreens on this captivating walking route. Along the shores of Lough Graney and the meandering Bleach River, through the enchanting Cahermurphy forest, and descending the historic Mass Path to Flagmount, this journey offers a rich tapestry of natural beauty and historical charm.

As you tread through this picturesque terrain, you'll be treated to breathtaking vistas overlooking Lough Graney and the surrounding countryside. Keep an eye out for the elusive deer that call these forests home, adding a touch of wildlife wonder to your exploration.

Difficulty Moderate

Length 8.9km

Elevation 170m

Dogs Allowed — please keep them on a lead and clean up after them. Be aware of wild and farm animals.

Bohatch Dolmen - for spectacular views

Enjoy spectacular views of East Clare including Inis Cealtra and Lough Derg from the spectacular Bohatch Dolmen. Starting at Aistear Park, in the heart of Mountshannon make your way to the magnificent and historical Bohatch Dolmen. For something truly spectacular watch the sunrise from here.

Photograph by Eamon Ward

Difficulty Moderate

Length 14.2km

Elevation 245m

Dogs Allowed — please keep them on a lead and clean up after them. Be aware of wild and farm animals.

12 O'Clock Hills - options for all the family

Nestled just 5km southeast of Kilkishen Village, the 12 O'Clock Hills beckons avid hikers and nature enthusiasts alike. Choose from three distinct trails, each clearly marked with red, blue, or purple arrowheads for easy navigation.

The 5km red trail showcases heritage sites and a unique Kindness Rocks trail with a mental health theme. Opt for the more challenging 8.5km blue loop, which ascends to the 309m peak of the 12 O'Clock Hills before winding past the Sunyata Buddhist Centre and Fairyland. For seasoned hikers, the 13km purple loop offers an extended adventure, including the 309m peak of the 12 O'Clock Hills and the nearby Loughavarra hill at 252m. Families will appreciate the Fairyland facility, just a manageable 1.9km stroll from the carpark, complete with buggy-friendly paths.

Moylussa - East Clare's highest peak

Moylussa is County Clare's tallest peak standing at an impressive 532m tall. To hike to the top of Moylussa, one should start from the base in Twomilegate. Then start on the hike up part of the Ballycuggaran Looped Walk before following the signs for Moylussa.

The majority of the hike continues up a stone trail. However, there is a boardwalk through a bog near the summit. For the most part, the hike is generally moderate, however towards the summit, it gets quite steep and difficult. The weather is extremely changeable at the summit, with thick fog very common so be aware of this if embarking on this beautiful hike.

Moylussa is a great place to watch the sunrise, but do check the weather.

Ballycuggeran, near Killaloe, has its own Lough Derg blue-flag lakeside beach. It is also the trailhead for amazing walks.

Difficulty Moderate but difficult towards the summit

Length 12.75km

Elevation 528m

Dogs Allowed — please clean up after them and be aware of wild and farm animals.

More Hikes in East Clare

East Clare is home to an abundance of walking trails and hikes, meaning there is so much to be explored on foot. Discover more hikes and utilise the maps on our dedicated hikes and walks webpage.

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