Our walking guide Ulrich can be found on any hill at any time along the Wild Atlantic West coast of Ireland. Of those of you he has guided you will know that this would have been a difficult decision for him! He had so many walks to choose from it took him a while to commit to his favourite.
How lucky he is to have such a dilemma in one of the most beautiful and popular parts of Ireland. The list would have just kept getting longer and longer, however he narrowed it down and here he shares his favourite West of Ireland walk.
‘My favourite walk would be in the Burren from The Caher Valley to Gleninagh Mountain towards Black Head and then to Fanore. From Gleinagh Mountain there are spectacular views over Galway Bay and of the south coast of Connemara.
The limestone landscape in the Burren is unique in Ireland and makes for very interesting walking. The geology is fascinating with its limestone pavement the grykes and runnels and dolines.
Even more fascinating is the flora, especially in the spring and early summer. It’s a botanists paradise with its variety of flowers. There are Mediterranean, Alpine, Arctic and Lusitanian plants. 80% of all flowers growing in Ireland occur in the Burren.
Also up from Black Head there is a ringfort which is fairly well preserved. The whole area of the Burren is dotted with ringforts and to think of how people long ago made a living in that barren landscape is truly amazing.
So walking in the Burren is a unique experience and has no equal anywhere in Ireland’