DAY 1 - 379.6 km Elevation: + 3048 m
DAY 2 -364.9 km Elevation: + 3819 m
DAY 3 -349.3 km Elevation: + 3620 m
DAY 4 -124.3 km Elevation: + 1119 m
In search of Fr Ted
The first stage of the Mile Failte takes you north through the towns of Tralee and Listowel to Tarbert where you will take the ferry across the Shannon estuary. Try going up onto the upper decks, where you will get some fantastic views of the Shannon river and don’t forget to keep an eye out for the local dolphins, as they swim alongside the ferry to wish you well on your Mile Failte adventure.
The next part of your journey takes you from the market town of Kilrush through the rolling landscape of west Clare, until you reach Lisdoonvarna, the gateway to the Burren and your well on the way to finding Fr Ted.
At 169.7 Km, take a few minutes to visit “Poulnabrone Dolmen”. Erected some 3000 years before the pyramids, it has a fascinating history.
As you continue your trip around the Burren, you finally, at 186 km arrive at Fr Teds house. Where we have arranged for you to (if you’re brave enough) sit in Fr Jacks favourite chair and be spoiled with some tea and freshly made scones and sandwiches.
On leaving the Burren, you will then find the route to be a bit more forgiving, as you make your way to Limerick City and then with the Shannon estuary on your right, you pass through the villages of Foynes and Glin.
Finally, as you depart from Glin and knowing that you are just over 70kms from Killarney, you’re well on the way to finishing the first stage of the MF1200.