|The Glen Walk
(Marked with blue arrows)
24 km 6 hrs
From the bridge of Killaloe walk past St. Flannan's Cathedral and take the first turn right. Continue straight ahead
for about 1.5 km and turn right at the fingerpost marked 'Garraunboy Church 2km. On reaching the church, built
in 1909, one can view the Silvermine mountains of Tipperary to the east. Continue walking straight ahead. Soon
the road descends gradually into the Glen area. Ahead is the forested Lackareagh mountain. Wild flowers and
fuschia grow in profusion along the roadside ditches here.
Continue by the Gap road which crosses the foothills of the Slieve Bernagh mountain range of East Clare. There
is mature forestry to the left of the road. To the right is a lovely view of the hills and glens with Clare's highest
mountain, Moylussa (532m.), to the north looming over all. Outside of the forest the main vegetation along here is
heather, furze and hazel. The geological formation of the adjacent hills is mainly sandstone and slate with glacial
drifts of boulder clay and gravel in the valleys.
The road leads down, through undulating countryside into the village of Kilbane, and the beautiful valley of
Glenomera. The first shop on the route, Gunning's Bar and Grocery, is here.
Take the road to the left, leaving Kilbane post office on the right hand side. The distance from here to Bridgetown
is 6km and midway on the left is the Roadstone Quarry of Ballyquin. On reaching Bridgetown continue walking
through the village - the church will be on the right hand side. This stretch of the road is part of Sarsfield's Ride
route. Having walked about 8Km you will rejoin the outward stretch of the Glen Walk at the "Garraunboy Church"
sign 2Km from Killaloe. Continue straight ahead into the town.
|The Lackareagh Walk
(Marked with red arrows)
15 km 3.75 hrs
Follow the Glen Walk route for a distance of 6 km as far as the Gap Road. There take a turn to the left. This area
is known as Lackareagh, a Gaelic word meaning 'the grey hillside'. A forest plantation covers the upper reaches
of the hill. The scattered farms and the small fields which can be seen from the road are typical of East Clare.
This was once a populous area but the Great Famine of the 1840's and later emigration have denuded the land
of its people. Continue straight ahead along this road until it joins the Glen Walk at the T-junction. Turn left here
and follow the directions for the Glen Walk back to Killaloe.
|The Garraunboy Walk
(Marked with green arrows)
7 km 1.75 hrs
Travel the Glen Walk route as far as Garraunboy church. There turn to the right along the road signposted
'Sarsfield's Ride 1690'. This 1 km stretch of road has an abundance of plant life in its ditches. Two clear
mountain streams cross the road. The first 'Sruthan Seantach an Aifrinn' or 'stream of the Old Mass House' takes
its name from a penal chapel which stood in a field on the left hand side. The other, 'Ballyteige River', sometimes
called 'Kay River' runs parallel with the road for 200m. Take the right turn at the cross roads for Killaloe. This last
stretch affords a fine view over the town to the Tipperary mountains. The highest peak to the left is Tountinna
(461m), while immediately ahead is Keeper Hill (693m).
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|The Ballycuggaran Walk, Two Mile Gate (Rinnaman Point)
2.5 - 3.5hrs
Start from the village of Killaloe, which is on the R463 from Limerick City, and continue on the R463 in the
direction of Ogonnelloe and Scarriff. After approximately 3km the trail head is located on your right at Rinnaman
Point (Two-mile Gate). This is a very spacious and popular lakeside public amenity area on the shores of Lough
Derg and a car park is located here.
A-B. Starting from the map board in the car park turn right on the R463 towards Ogonnelloe/Scarriff. After
approximately 100m turn left on to a minor road following the red Shannon Region Trails arrows. You are also on
the East Clare Way (marked with yellow arrows and the familiar trekking man logo). Follow this minor road for
approximately 3km until you meet an old green path on the left.
B-C. Leaving the East Clare Way turn left and follow this path for approximately 400m until you reach a junction.
Veer left at this junction and follow the old road for a short distance until you meet the Ford. Cross the
stepping-stones, turn left and continue (uphill) on the old road reaching a gateway at map point C.
C-D. At the gateway use the gap on right side to gain access. Turn left, and after approximately 30m the walk
enters the forest to the right at a stile. Follow the track (uphill) through the forest to map point D at the top.
D-E. Turn left and follow the forest road through several junctions until you re-join the East Clare Way at map
E-A. Continue to follow the loop walk (and the East Clare Way) on its downhill journey with magnificent views of
Lough Derg until you arrive back at the R463 main road. Turn left on the main road for approximately 200m to
return to trail head starting point.
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|Follow the Footsteps of Brian Boru Self Walking Tour Information:
2 - 2.5hrs
Begin the Tour at the Brian Boru Heritage Centre located on the Killaloe side of the Bridge.
1. Brian Boru Heritage Centre and Tourist Information Office
Outside the Tourist Office, carefully cross the road turning right and following the footpath to the left to
take you to St. Flannan's Cathedral.
2. St. Flannan’s Cathedral and St. Flannan’s Oratory
This fine Romanesque Cathedral was founded on the site about 1185 by Donal Mór O’Brien (1168-1194) but was
later destroyed. The beautiful west door of the church was preserved when the present structure was built in the
early 13th century, and it was inserted into the building where it can be seen today. The Thorgrim stone, before the
doorway, is unique for its Ogham and Runic inscriptions. In the grounds is a Romanesque church, St. Flannan's
Oratory, dating from the 12th century.
After exiting the Cathedral, carefully cross the road and turn right following the footpath to the left up
Main Street to the top of the hill and St. Flannan's Catholic Church and St. Lua's Oratory.
3. St. Flannan’s Catholic Church (Former site of Brian Boru’s Kincora Palace)
Built in 1836-37 on one of Killaloe’s highest points.
4. St. Lua’s Oratory
On the grounds of the Catholic Church stands St. Lua’s Oratory. It originally stood on Friar’s Island in the River
Shannon, but was moved and re-erected here when the island was due to be flooded with the opening of the
Shannon Hydroelectric Scheme at Ardnacrusha in 1929.
Outside the Church gates, turn left and carefully cross the road. Turn left on the footpath and follow
past several houses to the alleyway. Turn right to take you to the Aillebaun Walkway.
5. Aillebaun Walkway
Picturesque walkway between the houses of Main Street and Canal Bank.
At the junction of the Walkway, turn left and follow down the stairs to the Main Road. Carefully cross the
road and turn left. Pass the Grotto and turn right and then left to take you to Tobermurragh Well.
6. Tobermurragh Well
Tobermurragh Well, near the pier head, is named after Brian Boru's son, Murrough, who was baptised at this well.
The well supplied the town with water before a piped water scheme came into operation. At the end of the
nineteenth century the well was enclosed with red brick.
Continue on the path on the other side of the Well to take you out the narrow exit to the footpath. Turn
right and follow this footpath for 2km to Brian Boru's Fort on your right.
7. Béal Boru or Brian Boru’s Fort
Located just outside of Killaloe within easy walking distance by a footpath and well sign posted, this is a lovely
serene ring fort that has been dated to the time of King Brian Boru’s reign.
Retrace your steps to Killaloe and follow the path to the Canal Bank.
8. Canal Bank
The canal was opened in 1799 to bypass the rapids on the river. It was a vital link in the navigation route between
Limerick and other ports on the Shannon. The canal became redundant in 1929 when the water level was raised
over the rapids due to the opening of the hydroelectric station down river.
Continue to the Bridge and carefully cross the road turning left. The Farmer's Market is in the parking
area to your right.
9. Farmers' Market (Between the waters)
Locally produced goods and crafts open on Sundays between 11am and 3pm.
Continue on the Bridge and you'll see the Commemoratory Plaque on the left side of the bridge before
reaching the centre.
A. The Bridge connecting Killaloe, Co Clare and Ballina, Co Tipperary
This historic 13 arch bridge has 5 small arches from the original 17 arch bridge built over 300 years ago. In the
centre of the bridge is a plaque commemorating four young men that were shot here by the Auxiliaries in November
After crossing the bridge, continue on the footpath to your right. This is Ballina, County Tipperary.
Follow the footpath and then carefully cross the road to view St. Lua's Catholic Church.
B. Our Lady and St. Lua’s Catholic Church
Built 1843-1846 overlooking The River Shannon and picturesque Killaloe.
Continue on past the Church and you can see The Old Mill across the River Shannon as well as
St. Flannan's Cathedral.
The Old Mill
Across The River Shannon you can see an historic building that was once a Marble Mill (1837) and then Major
Lefroy’s flour mill (1860). The building is now owned by the ESB. There is no access to the mill.
Cross the road and turn left on the footpath and follow the footpath for just under 1km to see the Ruins
of Templeachally Church on the left. Carefully cross the road to view the ruins.
C. Templeachally Church Ruins
The ruins of Templeachally or "The Church of the Callow or Marsh" are situated on the Birdhill Road. It is the
remains of a 12th century Romanesque church.
Turn right after viewing the ruins and follow the road back to Ballina. Carefully cross the road into the
parking lot for the Riverside Park.
D. Riverside Park, Slipway, and Outdoor Pool
Follow the footpath (which is the Old Railway Line Path) past the pool up to the Main Road. Turn left and
follow the footpath back to the bridge. Cross the road at the crossway at the lights and turn left
following the footpath to the right. Cross the road at the lights and turn right. Follow and turn left for
the Spirit of Killaloe.
E. Old Railway line path
A path can be seen that was the sight of an old railway that serviced Ballina along the River Shannon from 1862
until 1944 passing underneath the bridge. The railway tracks were removed in the 1950s, having fallen into
disrepair. The red brick station and goods shed have been converted for private use. Along the shore is the
docking point for the Spirit of Killaloe.
|Killaloe Historical Self Guided Walking Tour
|Scenic Walks and Hiking in Killaloe
|Follow the Footsteps of Brian Boru
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