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Suck Valley Way - Slí Gleannta na Suca
Athleague, Co. Galway
Free to visit
If you’re looking for a pleasant, several day walk over mixed-terrain with charming towns and villages thrown into the mix, look no further than the Suck Valley Way. Pack up and get set for a real adventure on this 105km trek through the rural heart of County Roscommon.

The circular Suck Valley Way takes around five days to complete, making it undoubtedly one for the bucket list. Great for families, this mostly flat, well-signposted route follows quiet side roads and country paths along the Suck River valley, passing through parts of Roscommon and Galway on its way from Mount Talbot to the riverside town of Castlerea.

Relish in the tranquility of rural Ireland as you traverse low land forests, bogs, riverbanks, lakes, and peaceful traditional farmland, where old stiles, wooden footbridges, ring forts, castles, and ancient churches are still very much part of the landscape.

The richness of the countryside is rivalled perhaps only by the utter charm of the ‘The Nine Friendly Villages’ you’ll pass through as you go; be sure to stop into Ballygar, Creggs, Glinsk, Ballymoe, Ballintubber, Dunamon, Castlecoote, Athleague and Mount Talbot to relax and get a taste of true Irish craic.

Trail details

Long Distance Waymarked Way
Ballygar Castlerea
Dogs allowed:
    Time:5 days
    Nearest town start:Ballygar
    Nearest town finish:Ballygar
    Start point:Ballygar
    Finish point:Ballygar
    Waymarking:Yellow arrow on black background
    Facilities:In Ballygar: Ample FREE car parking, shops, chemists, café, toilet facilities
    In Castlerea: Car parking on street
Why we like it
  • With so many towns along the way, options for acommodation - particularly B&Bs - are plentiful.
  • The end point on the trail, Castlerea is the ancestral home of the O'Conor clan, also known as the last of the High Kings of Ireland.
  • Don’t miss the unique La Tène Stone near Castlestrange, a carved granite boulder that dates from the Iron Age.
  • Other sites of historical interest along the way include Ballintubber Castle, Castlecoote House and Clonalis House. 
Contact details
Ballygar, Co. Galway, Ireland
Leave no trace
  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Be considerate of others
  • Respect farm animals and wildlife
  • Travel and camp responsibly
  • Leave what you find
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Protect nature from fire
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