The Mid Clare Way, called Slí na Méaracán in Irish, or the Foxglove way, is a 130km long circular walking route around the centre of County Clare in the west of Ireland. The county capital, the busy and picturesque town of Ennis, is at its centre.
Beginning at Newmarket-on-Fergus, the Way climbs to the western slopes of the Slieve Aughty range, with wonderful views across to Mullaghmore and the Burren. Passing through nature reserves at Dromore Woods and historic Dysert O’Dea, the route then follows the River Fergus valley to its estuary at Ballykelly and on to Clarecastle and finally back to Newmarket-on-Fergus.
The Mid Clare Way is best accessed at one of seven key trailheads, which provide information map boards and car parking. The trailheads are located reasonably close to other services and facilities, such as shops, accommodation, restaurants, and public transport. The trailheads are located at Newmarket-on-Fergus, Quin, Ballinruan, Ruan, Connolly, Lissycasey, and at Clarecastle.
For detailed maps of the Mid Clare Way, click here. There are also shorter loops for a more leisurely walking experience at Ballinruan, Dromore Wood, and Gortnamearacaun.
Distance: approximately 150km circular walking trail.
Grade: easy to moderate.
Minimum Gear: sturdy walking boots, waterproofs, rucksack, fluid, snacks, and mobile phone.
Terrain: the Way follows a mix of forest track and road, boreen and bog, pathway and minor road.