For those looking for an alternative to the Cliffs of Moher and other area trails, there are some scenic roads for running as well. We should first point out that the main road R477, although scenic, does not have a shoulder. It’s not hugely trafficked, but we can’t really recommend running it from a safety perspective. However, some of the side roads are scenic and safer for running. These are country roads passing by farms, and are generally quite narrow (one lane!) — but there’s very little traffic. Some recommendations:
- Between the Aloha Surf School and and Craggagh in the Fanore area. Nice side road paralleling the R477. ~2.5 km each way.
- ‘View of the Burren’ Area. Just north of Gortacarnaun, a side road leads from the R477 toward the View of the Burren rental. Nice network of small country roads through the Burren in this area. Can be combined with a section of The Burren path.
- Between Fanore and Black Head. Just off the R477 at the Fanore Lodge, there are very scenic side roads headed west toward the water, and east toward the Caher Bridge Garden and Fermoyle.
- Area Around Black Head. If you were to try to brave a section of the R477, the area around Black Head Lighthouse is drop-dead gorgeous. The road is narrow, but incredibly scenic! The section of the Burren trail around here is more rugged, owing to the rocky landscape.