The Heartland of Ireland
Tipperary is a place of majestic beauty situated in the heartland of Ireland. Bounded by stunning mountains and serene rivers and lakes, it offers a diverse array of spectacular walking trails with breath-taking views of open countryside and rolling hills.
Trails for all
Tipperary has walking trails to suit both the casual walker as well as experienced hikers. Here are some of the best.
Did you know that legend holds that a demon who was being chased over Devil’s Bit Loop by St Patrick, created its unmistakable notch by taking an angry bite from its summit and dropping it to form the Rock of Cashel?
Locals will also tell you that the summit of Devil’s Bit Mountain (478m) provides views of eight of its surrounding counties. The 5km marked loop is a great place to take it all in and utilises forest paths and stony trails to create a scenic and rewarding hill walk. Although the loop does not ascend the summit, walkers have the option of taking a short spur to the top if they wish.
The Lough Derg Way is a 68km (42 miles) trail that begins in Limerick City and ends in Dromineer, County Tipperary. It is typically completed in three days although you can break it up and complete smaller sections. As you hike you’ll encounter mesmeric views over the tranquil waters of Lough Derg to the shimmering Clare Hills beyond its shores.
This 2.5km hike is nestled amid the Knocknacree Woods, which covers 41 hectares of land. Walkers will encounter a wide array of wildlife as they hike, from sparrowhawks and red squirrels to foxes and badgers. It is particularly beautiful in springtime as bluebells and wild garlic blossom in abundance.
Glengara is a real treat for anyone who likes to be surrounded by nature. This former demesne woodland has many exotic tree and shrub species that will make any visit to these woods a memorable one. The Millennium Trail (7 km, 2.5 hours, moderate) is particularly beautiful and has plenty of interesting features, such as old forest tracks, an enclosed exotic rhododendron canopy, the Mountain Lodge, Galty views and the Burncourt River.
The Slieve Felim Way is a 43km linear walking route that brings you right to the heart of Tipperary’s beautiful countryside.
The charming trail from Toor to Silvermines gives walkers a series of stunning views from a number of different mountains along the route. Taking two days to complete, the terrain consists of quiet roads, forestry tracks and field paths.
According to tradition, the Graves of the Leinstermen is where the men of Leinster and their King met their deaths at the hands of High King Brian Boru’s soldiers. This looped walk follows minor roads and laneways to ascend Tountinna where breathtaking views of Lough Derg await. Starting at the Graves of Leinstermen and moving on minor roads through pleasant countryside, it then leaves the road before turning into the Arra Mountains. Then the loop descends steeply back to the trailhead. The long distance linear walk known as the Lough Derg Way takes in part of this loop.
The Eamonn an Chnoic Loop begins in the pretty village of Upperchurch. The 8km walk explores a scenic smorgasbord of ladder stiles, freshly mown hayfields and gorse hedges before gaining height above the village. At its summit you’ll see views of the Comeraghs and Knockmealdowns over the Waterford border in the south east and the blue peaks of the Galtees to the south.
This loop takes its name from a Robin Hood figure who roamed the hills of West Tipperary in the 17/18th century. Forced to go on the run, Eamonn a Chnoic (Ned of the Hill) became one of a band of highwaymen who championed the cause of the poor and harassed English planters.
Starting in Kilcommon village, the 7km Kilcommon Pilgrim Loop brings you along the old mass path over the Bilboa River and on to the lower slopes of Mauherslieve Mountain, where it loops back to Kilcommon.
Along the way, you’ll cover minor roadways, forestry roads and cross country trails and the views over the Tipperary and Limerick countryside are majestic.
This walk takes about 2–2.5 hours to complete and is of moderate difficulty.
The 5km Inch Loop walk takes you along pleasant country roads, riverbanks, farmland pathways and woodlands. Walkers will traverse the historical heartlands of Monroe, Inch and Maghereagh. Along the route there are no fewer than five church sites, the earliest of which dates to the 6th century, as well as a fine example of an Anglo Norman Motte beside the ruins of Inch Church. The surrounding area is full of wildlife, particularly along the Cromogue River and around the Toberfelim woodlands. The trail goes by Inch House and returns via the old chapel walk to Monroe Church.
Follow the purple arrows from Christ the King Statue in the Glen of Aherlow and take in amazing views of the Galtee Mountains. This 10km looped walk consists mainly of woodland trails and forestry tracks, traversing the southern shoulder of Slievenamuck Mountain. Revel in the freedom of the great outdoors; an adventure the whole family can relish. Or you could bring your own picnic and enjoy the marvellous sights along the trail.