O'Briensbridge - Old Barge Loop

County Clare
3 reviews
Grade Moderate
Length 11.6 km
Am 3 hours
Format Loop
Ascent 10 m
Dogs Allowed Under effective control
Waymarking Red arrow on yellow background
Start Point
Riverside Park in O'Briensbridge
Finish Point
Riverside Park in O'Briensbridge
Nearest Town to Start O'Briensbridge
Grid Ref. R 661 668
Lat. and Long. 52.75176, -8.5017

This loop follows red arrows along the banks of the River Shannon and the tow path of the Errinagh Canal as far as Clonlara, returning along the embankment of the Shannon Headrace. Apart from the climb up onto the embankment this is a level walk on sandy path, sandy road, tarred road and grassy path. It passes through a section of natural woodland. It is a very pleasant countryside walk although some of the riverbank may be wet.

Maps and other information

Trail Management

Killaloe Tourist Information Office
Killaloe Heritage Centre The Bridge Killaloe Clare Republic of Ireland
Telephone: +353 61 376866

There may be some sections of wet ground as the trail is situated at the riverbank, so walking boots may be required.
Please keep dogs under close control

OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheet 58
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Amy from Clare

A super walk with super scenery! Boots may be best for poor weather but you could get away with runners once you don't mind getting dirty. Amenities not great in O'Briens Bridge so best to bring snacks, etc.

Joe from Galway

Lovely easy walk, beautiful scenery. Missing some signage at junctions. The information boards need to be replaced also to show walkers what points of interest they are walking past. O Brien's in Clonlara is a great place to stop for a cuppa, very warm welcome.

Els from Cork

Lovely easy route that takes you through a beautiful towpath laden with shrubs, trees and wildlife..feels almost mythical...as you continue on past the bridges you meet a different terrain with houses along one side and the canal on the left as you enter the village of Clonlara. At the midway point I called into O Sheas for a coffee where I recieved a warm welcome and passed some time there before I set off again along the headrace. The headrace, while monotonous was still pleasant, crossing paths with flocks of sheep and kayakers on the way back to O Briensbridge. It was a fine day so I sat a while to watch kayakers and swans move slowly along the canal...such a wonderfully relaxed walk and a joy on a fine day...not the most interesting of walks in terms of terrain but still pleasant and with no ascents it would be easy for all abilities

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