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South Leinster Way Kildavin To Borris
Kildavin, Co. Carlow
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Stage One of the South Leinster Way is Kildavin to Knockmulgurry/Ballymurphy. From Kildavin our way takes us along quiet country roads but soon ascends via steep dirt roads to the forest. Magnificent views of the surrounding lowlands may be had on a fine day.

STAGE 1: Kildavin - Borris 22km (14 miles).

From Kildavin the route follows quiet country roads but soon ascends via steep dirt roads to the forest. Magnificent views of the surrounding lowlands may be enjoyed from the Nine Stones vantage point. These nine small stones are said to commemorate nine shepherds lost on Mount Leinster in some distant winter storm. Mount Leinster at 796 metres is the highest hill in the Blackstairs Mountains.

STAGE 2: Borris - Graiguenamanagh 12km (7 ½ miles). This stretch follows the towpath along the River Barrow, and is particularly attractive as it passes through rich deciduous woodland and old mills. Graiguenamanagh is the end of this stage - a peaceful quayside town lying in the county of Kilkenny but connected via a bridge over the River Barrow to its twin village of Tinnahinch in Co. Carlow.

St. Mullins - 6.2km Beginning from the Heritage centre the walk passes the old mill to the River Barrow and follows the banks to the Old Lime kiln. It then turns into Bahana Wood for a short time and exits back to the road which returns to the village.

Ballymurphy - Ballymurphy has two Sli na Slainte routes which have been developed by Ballymurphy Community Group. Both afford wonderful hillside views and bracing mountain air.

Walshestown Sli - 7.5km - The Walshestown Sli is 7.5km in length and starts at the Community Centre where it follows the road past the old Corn Mill and then left through the Sweep and the conifer wood. Turn left along the Bog road; continue over the Holocause River and past the limekiln on your right. Follow the road as it rises steeply, turning left to begin the descent. Walk the winding road back to Ballymurphy village and turn left at the School to bring you back to your starting point.

Knockmulgurry Sli - 7.7km - The Knockmulgurry Sli is 6.7km in length and also starts at the Community Centre. Follow the route as above, past the conifer wood. On reaching the bog road on your left, continue along the Knockmulgurry road past Sturra peak and Cahier's Den (lair of the famous Highwaymen). Notice the walls of the old Tower House and the "Scionsa" or Spring Watercourse on the Mountain. Turning right, the scenic road brings you back to the Sweep and your starting point at the Community Centre.

Trail details
Linear trail
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Kildavin,Co Carlow,Republic of Ireland
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