It was Sunday 18th November 2018 and we woke up to a totally clear blue sky. So why not take advantage of it and get some exercise and vitamin D?
Mullaghmore is an imposing pile of limestone, part of The Burren in county Clare. It was once undersea, having been pushed up at an angle a zillion years ago. You can see fossilised organisms in the pavement as you climb.
The direction we took is on the road out of Corofin towards Gort. There’s an unmarked turn to the left towards Carron. After a couple of kilometres, you can park on the side of the road. There’s a signboard and waymarks at the other side of the stile.
We opted for the blue route; all are clearly waymarked. Stay alert: some are easily missed. Sometimes that’s not easy due to having to watch your feet much of the time – you’re walking on broken stones. However, on a day like this you can and should stop and take in your surroundings frequently. One young lad was running down the mountainside. Not recommended but if that floats your boat…
The sign above says “very difficult/remote/upland”. Well, stout shoes are fine. Julie’s done the walk in light sandals. It’s not a difficult walk for a reasonably fit person, though few would fancy its steep length of 7.5 kilometres (it seems further) more than a few times a year. A good daily walk would be nearer 4 to 5 kilometres.
Climbing is strenuous in places on Mullaghmore but I find coming down such places the hardest on the feet. I was grateful for my Will’s Vegan Shoes hiking shoes.
Mullaghmore is surrounded by lakeland and, combined with a dearth of infrastructure, a blue sky and perfect day, there’s a beautiful sense of calm.
Which leads me to say: keep your voice down. It is surprising how far a loud voice carries in this environment. Constant loud chatter can spoil the peace for others.
We had no water with us but had grapes and mandarins, which sufficed for liquid once we reached the summit. There are plenty of depressions in stones with rainwater if you or the dog are really thirsty.
The photo at the head of the page is a panorama taken from the summit; such pictures don’t do well on websites, especially on phones but would look wonderful, framed on a wall, perhaps two metres wide. It really is a spectacular location and we’re fortunate to be so close to this spot. We have to visit more often – you would really feel that you’d done something worthwhile.
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