With the Burren Way to the north and the East Clare Way to the east, the Mid Clare Way, called in Gaelic Slí na Mearacan or the Foxglove way, is a 130km long circular walking route around the centre of County Clare in the west of Ireland, with the county capital, the busy and picturesque town of Ennis, 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.
Directions to the Mid Clare Way Trailheads:
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 as follows:
Trailhead 1 – Newmarket-on-Fergus
Newmarket-on-Fergus is located on the R458, off the N19 from Shannon/N18 from Limerick.
Trailhead 2 – Quin
Quin is located on the R469 and is approximately 11km from Ennis and 34km from Limerick.
Trailhead 3 – Ballinruan
Ballinruan is located off the R462 and is 22km from Ennis and almost 60km from Limerick.
Trailhead 4 – Ruan
Ruan is located off the R476 and is 12km north of Ennis and almost 50km from Limerick.
Trailhead 5 – Connolly
Connolly is located on the R474 and is approximately 15km from Ennis and 52km from Limerick.
Trailhead 6 – Lissycasey
Lissycasey is located on the N68 and is located almost 17km from Ennis and 27km from Kilrush.
Trailhead 7 – Clarecastle
Clarecastle is located on the R458 off the N18, only 5km from Ennis and 33km from Limerick.
Distance: Approximately a 150km circular walking trail
Grade: Easy – Moderate
Minimum Gear: Sturdy walking boots, waterproofs. Rucksack, fluid, snacks and mobile phone.