Taking around two hours to complete, the Ballycuggaran Crag Wood Walk follows a pleasant mix of forest road, forest track and a minor road.
Starting at Crag Wood car park, about 3km from Killaloe, this is a strenuous trail with short climbs and open hillsides. But don’t let that deter you, it’s also a truly rewarding route as you walk through lush forest, skirt Feenlea Mountain’s shoulders and drink in the expanse of Lough Derg below.
In Crag Wood itself you’ll encounter an array of impressive trees, Sitka and Norway Spruce, Japanese Lurch and Noble Fir among them.
Once complete, reward yourself back in lively Killaloe with some relaxing refreshments in one of its cafés, restaurants or pubs.
- Ascending 250m, follow this loop in an anti-clockwise direction for some utterly breathtaking views.
- The bathing area at nearby Mountshannon Beach is the ideal place to dip a toe in Lough Derg, one of Ireland’s major freshwater lakes.