12 O'Clock Hills Looped Walks - Purple Route

Walking
County Clare
5/5
8 reviews
Grade Strenuous
Length 13 km
Time 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

Call us on 087 969 1415

Facilities

Shops, pubs, car parking in Kilkishen
Car parking at trailhead

OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheet 58
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

None

5/5
01/14/2022

Deirdre from Clare

I’m a regular on the 12 O’Clock Hills. The 8km route is my favourite. I love walking past the stream, through the forest, enjoying the amazing view, the history of the area, the fairy garden & the boardwalk.It’s a great way to clear your head when stressed. Plenty of benches to sit on along the way. So well maintained. Feel very lucky to have this amazing trail a short drive away.💚

RESPONSE FROM THE 12 O'CLOCK HILLS RECREATIONAL AND HERITAGE COMMITTEE: Grateful thanks for your review which is very much appreciated by our 12 O'Clock Hills team.
5/5
01/12/2022

Paul from Meath

I've both walked and run the trail numerous times and can't say enough good things about it. It is very well marked and maintained, with a great variety of terrain and mix of steep and easier ground. There are numerous viewing points offering beautiful vistas to take your mind off the steep bit you've just negotiated. Signage to the car park and on the trail is very good and you should have no problem finding the trail head. This is one of my favourite places in Ireland to go trail running. Huge thank you to the volunteers for all the hard work they do!

RESPONSE FROM THE 12 O'CLOCK HILLS RECREATIONAL AND HERITAGE COMMITTEE: Grateful thanks for your review which is very much appreciated by our 12 O'Clock Hills team.
5/5
01/11/2022

Louise from Limerick

LOVE this trail, regularly do the 8.5k Blue with my 3 kids, 9, 11 and 13. Picnic at the top and a lovely wander around the fairy forest at the end. Super, well marked family workout!

RESPONSE FROM THE 12 O'CLOCK HILLS RECREATIONAL AND HERITAGE COMMITTEE: Grateful thanks for your review which is very much appreciated by our 12 O'Clock Hills team.
5/5
12/30/2021
Trekking through the 12 O'Clock Hills since my dad died in 2019 and then my mum in 2021 enabled me to cope somewhat with my grief. I am so grateful to have this serenity on my doorstep and I thank everyone who maintains it to enable us to enjoy it. I look forward to many more treks in 2022 with my Irish setter.

RESPONSE FROM THE 12 O'CLOCK HILLS RECREATIONAL & HERITAGE COMMITTEE:
Our 12 O'Clock Hills Voluntary Project Committee are humbled by your comments and especially in relation to your parents. It certainly puts things in perspective and makes us so grateful that our work is appreciated and noticed.
Thanks for your kind comments and also to the other 4 review respondents to this Sport Ireland website.
5/5
07/26/2021

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!
5/5
07/24/2021

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 ..
5/5
06/06/2021

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.
5/5
05/05/2021

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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