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Looped Walks

Looped Walks

Ballycuggaran Loop Walk

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Rinnaman Point (Two-mile Gate)
Killaloe
Clare
Republic of Ireland

The Ballycuggaran Loop Walk overlooks Lough Derg, the Annacarriga Valley, and the hills that stretch from Caherhurley to Ogonnelloe.

This trail is part of the network of Shannon Region Loop Walks and is marked using the standard red Shannon Region Trails directional arrows. The walk is marked in both directions.

Directions to trailhead:

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 4km, the trailhead will be 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. The trailhead and car park are located near the University of Limerick Watersports and Adventure Centre and signposted from Killaloe.

Routes:

A-B: Starting from the map board in the car park, turn right on the R463 towards Ogonnelloe/Scarriff. After approximately 100m, turn left onto a minor road, following the red Shannon Region Trails arrows. At this point, you are also on the East Clare Way (marked with yellow arrows and the familiar trekking man logo). Follow this minor road for approximately 2km until you meet a track heading uphill to the left.

B-C: Travel this forestry path for approximately 800m until you emerge on the Coillte developed forestry road.

C-D: Turn left on the road on Feenlea Mountain, then travel down the mountain, overlooking the beautiful Lough Derg. This area is known as Crag Wood. The once great oak woods have long gone and now sitka spruce, Norway spruce, Japanese lurch and noble fir all stand in its place. Make your way, following the winding paths, towards the R463.

D-E: At this junction, turn left and cross the road, making your short trip back to the start of this route.

AffiliationsKEY
  • National Trails Office
Descriptions
Distance

5.6km

Estimated Time

1.5hr-2 hr

Grade

Moderate (to suit medium level of fitness)

Minimum Gear

Sturdy walking boots, waterproofs, rucksack, fluid, snacks, and mobile phone.

Services

Killaloe, County Clare (3km)

Trailhead

The loop starts and finishes at Rinnaman Point (Two-Mile Gate)

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