Start and End Point: Cassidys Pub/Restaurant, Carran Village
Time: 90 minutes
Nearest village: Carran
Heading inland from Ballyvaughan you’ll reach the start of the Templecronan Loop Walk in 20 minutes. This relatively easy 5km walk starts at Cassidy’s pub in the village (there’s a longer 9km Carran Loop from here too but you’d be best to take a map for that one).
This part of Co Clare promises wonderful views of the Burren’s lunar landscape and one of the largest seasonal lakes (or turlough) in Ireland. You’ll pass the ruin of the 12th Century Templecronan Church with its carved stone heads, before returning towards the turlough and the trailhead at Carran an hour and a half later.
Carran, County Clare