12 O'Clock Hills Looped Walks - Purple Route

County Clare
4 reviews
Grade Strenuous
Length 13 km
Am 3 hours
Format Loop
Ascent 250 m
Dogs Allowed Under effective control
Waymarking Purple arrow on white background
Start Point
Belvoir trailhead car park
Finish Point
Belvoir trailhead car park
Nearest Town to Start Kilkishen
Grid Ref. R 515 700
Lat. and Long. 52.779973, -8.7186

This trail follows minor road, forest track, hard-cored pathway and boardwalk, with some muddy spots on forest sections, climbing steadily to the 12 O'Clock Hills peaks before continuing by Loughavarra Hill and along a section of Crag River, with its stone bridge and waterfalls after heavy rain, while also passing sites of historic and cultural interest, taking in very scenic countryside with impressive views from higher up.

Trail Management

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Shops, pubs, car parking in Kilkishen

Car parking at trailhead

OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheet 58
Public Transportation

Public Transportation



Colm from Limerick

We discovered this really great trail during Covid. It's very doable even for those of us who are a little bit older. Some slightly steep slopes but rewarded with great views from the top. Descent with the boardwalk and the fairy garden is lovely. Highly recommended!

Sean from Limerick

Hiked the purple trail very recently on a glorious July day. Would say it's the best clearly marked route I've encountered - of any county .. thoroughly enjoyed it. The information boards along the route adds to the enjoyment ..

Valerie from Tipperary

We hiked the Purple Route on the 12 O’Clock Hills recently. So well way marked, we thoroughly enjoyed this trail, and will return. Huge congratulations to the local community and everyone involved. 💯 credit due.. car parking etc was excellent.

Padraig O'Leary from Clare

Well managed and maintained. Great parking and cctv. Local volunteers tirelessly maintain and upgrade the trail. Woodland, bog and quiet road are experienced. Plenty of picnic tables and majestic views are on offer. Highly recommended

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