Ballyhoura Way - Moor Abbey Loop

Dogs allowed strictly on a leash - Livestock on route.

County Limerick
3 reviews
Grade Moderate
Length 3 km
Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Format Loop
Ascent 100 m
Dogs Allowed On a lead
Waymarking Blue arrow
Start Point
Moor Abbey
Finish Point
Moor Abbey
Nearest Town to Start Galbally
Grid Ref. R 81103 27872
Lat. and Long. 52.40236, -8.27839

This 3km loop walks starts and finishes at Moor Abbey. Donnchad Móir Ó Briain, King of Thomond (1210-1242), founded this Franciscan Friary in the 13th century. Historical evidence suggests that in 1471, a new church was constructed at the site, but the following year it was destroyed by fire. The buildings that survive today date from this period.
From the Abbey, follow the blue arrows, which take you down a small road parallel to the river. After approx. 500m, turn right and follow the fenced path along the banks of the Aherlow River for 1km. Here you can take time out to enjoy the beautiful views of the Galtee Mountains and the tranquil river. Continue along this path until you meet a road that you will need to cross. Go over the stile and follow the path up a slight hill with an old lime kiln on your right. Form here you walk through open pastures, continue following the blue arrows onto the farm road where you will meet the road that brings you back to the Abbey.

Maps and other information

Trail Management

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


At Start: Car parking in car park at Moor Abbey At End: Car parking In car park for Moor Abbey

Waymarking issues

OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheet 74
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Martina from Ireland

Once we reached the point where the stile leads to the field, we followed it. We were in a field full of cattle that then became very aggressive and started to run towards us. There were no gates between fields and it was very muddy. This was June! We had to turn around and go back where we came and could not complete loop. Would not recommend this to anyone.

Fergal Favier from Kerry

Really enjoyed walk here today. Roads first and then fields. End of had walk is the nicest along the Aherlow river. Note though, fields are extremely wet this time of the year so ensure proper footwear. Lovely views of the Galtees on this walk. 1.5 hours to complete.

Pat from Clare

Okay trail. Parking at Abbey. Once off road pastures were muddy and slippery. As a suggestion plan to walk when it's been dry for a while. Could use a wee bit better marking but all in all was a fun walk.

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