NORTH Clare’s tourism experience has been given a significant boost with the opening of the €400,000 Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk, a 12km route providing improved public access to spectacular coastal locations.
Mayor of Clare Pat Daly performed the official opening of the standalone walk, which links Doolin and Liscannor villages, and is part of the Burren Way long distance walking route.
The Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk is a challenging, remote and exposed cliff-top trail, which requires high levels of fitness and an ability to adapt to changing and extreme weather conditions.
Targeted at the more experienced walker, the 12km coastal path takes walkers from Hags Head outside Liscannor village along by the iconic Cliffs of Moher and into the village of Doolin. Trailheads with map boards and designated parking for walkers are located at Moher sports field outside Liscannor village, Doolin Community Centre outside Doolin village and at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre.
The project is a collaborative effort between Clare County Council, Clare Local Development Company, the National Trails Office, Fáilte Ireland, the local community and almost 40 landowners along the route.
“We believe it will attract the type of visitors that will stay for longer in the area,” said Councillor Daly.
According to Fáilte Ireland, more than 775,000 overseas visitors to Ireland go hiking/cross-country walking each year.
Gerard Kennedy, chairman of Burren Way Ltd, commented, “This is something we’ve been working towards for several years and it’s tremendous that it has now become a reality”.
Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk trail maps can be downloaded for free from www.discoverireland.ie and www.irishtrails.ie.