Darby's Bed Loop

County Limerick
1 review
Grade Moderate
Length 4.8 km
Am 2 hours 30 minutes
Format Loop
Ascent 190 m
Dogs Allowed No
Waymarking Purple arrow on white background
Start Point
The Square, Galbally Village
Finish Point
The Square, Galbally Village
Nearest Town to Start Galbally/Mitchelstown
Grid Ref. R 79913 27778
Lat. and Long. 52.40146, -8.29588

This loop follows forestry roads and tracks and green paths as it takes you to the pinnacle of Deerpark Hill where there is a megalithic passage grave known locally as 'Darby's Bed'. Circling around Deerpark Hill there are fine views of the Ballyhoura and Galtree Mountains from the ruins of a cairn.

Maps and other information

Trail Management

Ballyhoura Heritage and Environment CLG, Main St., Kilfinane, Co. Limerick. Tel: 063-91300 E-mail: info@ballyhoura.org


In Galbally/at Trailhead: Car parking, shop, pubs, restaurants, coffee shop, take-away, etc.
In Mitchelstown: Car parking, shops, pubs, restaurants, cafés, take-aways, accommodation, etc.

OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheet 73

Timmy from Limerick

This is a very nice shortish trial that really is worth a visit. The best place to park is just outside Galbally at a community centre which has a distinctive map mural of the local area painted along the side. From here it is only a very short walk along the road until you come to a stile where you cross on to the trail proper. It would appear that some work has been carried out recently to improve the path of the trek. It looked to me that some new way marked posts had been added but had no markings put on them yet! Be careful not to take this blank post for meaning that you should take that turn - you should not. Follow the main path and you will come across posts that are marked and lead you in the right direction. Although this trek is through the usual alpine plantations it ascends steeply up one side of a valley and you have excellent views of everything below. As it was a summers day when I went there were many beautiful wild flowers and everything smelled wonderful. There were large amounts of blackberries ripening on their bushes so this will be a nice walk for a picnic in another few weeks. The real treat on this track is the ancient burial place that the walk is named after. The views from this site are pretty spectacular stretching far out over the countryside. The ancient megalithic graves are really interesting and are worth exploring for a while. After this point the path is more difficult and overgrown in places, although you have the option of returning to the main forest path and walking along that as it eventually joins back with the marked path (this is easily worked out on the map) This is a very family friendly route and we passed several families with young children while we were on the walk. This walk is very accessible for all levels of walkers and has some great views and of course some excellent ancient Irish history - well worth a visit!

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