5 Walking Trails around the Lough Derg

Added: 08/11/2018
5 Walking Trails around the Lough Derg

1. Rinmaher Walking Trail (10 km)

One of the two long waymarked loops in the Park. It begins along a two-way section of trail from the car-park and overlaps with the Woodland trail. This loop is mainly on single-track (narrow trails) and is suitable for those looking for a longer walk. There are signal signs along the route which provide information about local features of fauna and flora.

2. Arra Mountain Loop, Co Tipperary (16.5km)

The Arra Mountain Loop (6 hours), travels over tarmac, bog roads, farm tracks, gravel paths and fields. It wends past the northern edge of the Slieve Arra. It is a strenuous walk with some climbing.  There are wooden steps up most of Laghtea Hill but it is still steep. You will be rewarded with spectacular views of Lough Derg. Start Point: The Lookout parking and viewing area, R494, Castletown, Near Portroe, Co Tipperary.

3. Ballycuggeran to Crag Wood Loop walk (7.12 km)

This Coillte recreation trail (2 hours) has a ‘strenuous’ rating with some climbs. The walks follows forest roads and tracks through open hillside. Travel anti-clockwise for best views. There is also a moderate looped walk called the Crag Wood Walk to Moylussa. Start point: Ballycuggeran Woods, about 3km north of Killaloe on the R463.

4. Slí Eala (10 km)

The Way of the Swan is a linear route which  follows    the banks of the Nenagh River from the historic lakeside village of Dromineer to Scotts Bridge, just 2.5km from the centre of Nenagh. This tranquil nature walk passes through an area of natural beauty and rolling countryside.  Start Point: Dromineer in the middle of the village, Nenagh 2.5 km West on the N52 R493 junction (be careful crossing this busy road), and in Nenagh town on the Lower Birr road at the Nenagh river bridge.

5. Graves of the Leinster Men Walking Loop (5.8km)

Follows minor roads before turning into the Arra Mountains where it ascends the summit of Tountinna and then returns to the start point. You will walk through pleasant countryside and there are superb views of Lough Derg.  Walking time: 3 hours, 20 minutes, moderate grade. Start Point: Car park for Graves of the Leinster Men.