With the Burren Way to the north and the East Clare Way to the east, the Mid Clare Way, called in Gaelic Slí na Méaracán 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.
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: Newmarket-on-Fergus; Quin; Ballinruan; Ruan; Connolly; Lissycasey & Clarecastle.
Distance: Approximately a 150km circular walking trail. Grade: Easy – Moderate
Minimum Gear: Sturdy walking boots, waterproofs. Rucksack, fluid, snacks and mobile phone.
Terrain: The Way follows a mix of forest track/road, boreen/bog, pathway and minor road