Ballyorgan Loop

County Limerick
2 reviews
Grade Strenuous
Length 12.5 km
Time 6 hours 40 minutes
Format Loop
Ascent 300 m
Dogs Allowed No
Waymarking Red arrows on white background
Start Point
Finish Point
Nearest Town to Start Ballyorgan
Grid Ref. R 680 183
Lat. and Long. 52.315361, -8.469307

The Ballyorgan Loop has a variety of terrain and scenery, from shady riverside glades to hilltop panoramas, and some good points of interest along the way.

Maps and other information

OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheet 73

Phil from Clare

Did the Ballyorgan loop in reverse on a beautiful sunny May morning whilst out for a run. One of the most scenic loops in the Ballyhoura range. It is well sign posted all the way around with various information points on wildlife, historical buildings and information on the area. Not long into the river section, you come across a Fairy Village and a picnic table, which is superbly done and would be brilliant for kids. I veered right here and did the loop in reverse. There are a couple of steep climbs through the forested section and onto the Cork/Limerick border - well worth the effort when you take in the views of the area. The highpoint at Castle Gale is stunning in the good weather and there is a book hidden in the stones for you to sign. From there the descent is pleasant through the wooded area, past the holy well and then down to Darragh Bridge. The riverside trail is well constructed as you follow the meandering river back to the Fairy Village and retrace your footsteps back to Ballyorgan. All along the river there are fairy doors in the trees and it would be a great trail for kids to explore (if they can manage the 5k or so). The trail guide says it is about 20km but I think it is a good bit shorter than that, more like 15km or maybe even less. It took me 2 hours of jogging to the flat and downhill sections and walking the steep ascents with a couple of short breaks. I would imagine would take 4-5 hours to walk it. The Village Inn, if open, will provide some nice refreshments.

Simon from United Kingdom

A well-devised, well-kept and well-waymarked trail with several points of historical interest. My brother and I walked it in June '17 and felt rewarded by our efforts. Whether it would be ideal (underfoot) at other times of the year I cannot say, though the path along the river is protected from livestock intrusion by a stout wooden paling. My top tip would be to include the 5 minute deviation to the top of Carrigeenamronely with its stumpy trig point and panoramic views. Definitely not a stroll in the park, though the opening 7 or 8 km are gentle enough. My second tip would be refreshments in the Village Inn at the end...nice!

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