O'Briensbridge - Old Barge loop

Walking
County Clare
3/5
1 review
Grade Moderate
Length 12 km
Time 3 hours
Format Loop
Ascent 10 m
Dogs Allowed Under effective control
Waymarking Red arrow on yellow background
Start Point
O'Briensbridge
Finish Point
O'Briensbridge
Nearest Town to Start O'Briensbridge, Clonlara
Lat. and Long. 52.75176, -8.5017

This loop follows red arrows along the banks of the River Shannon and the tow path of the Errinagh Canal as far as Clonlara, returning along the embankment of the Shannon Headrace. Apart from the climb up onto the embankment this is a level walk on sandy path, sandy road, tarred road and grassy path. It passes through a section of natural woodland. It is a very pleasant countryside walk although some of the riverbank may be wet.

Trail Management

Killaloe Tourist Information Office
Killaloe Heritage Centre The Bridge Killaloe Clare
Republic of Ireland
Telephone: +353 61 376866

Facilities

O'Briensbridge, Clonlara

There may be some sections of wet ground as the trail is situated at the riverbank, so walking boots may be required.
Please keep dogs under close control

OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheet 58
3/5
06/11/2016

Els from Cork

Lovely easy route that takes you through a beautiful towpath laden with shrubs, trees and wildlife..feels almost mythical...as you continue on past the bridges you meet a different terrain with houses along one side and the canal on the left as you enter the village of Clonlara. At the midway point I called into O Sheas for a coffee where I recieved a warm welcome and passed some time there before I set off again along the headrace. The headrace, while monotonous was still pleasant, crossing paths with flocks of sheep and kayakers on the way back to O Briensbridge. It was a fine day so I sat a while to watch kayakers and swans move slowly along the canal...such a wonderfully relaxed walk and a joy on a fine day...not the most interesting of walks in terms of terrain but still pleasant and with no ascents it would be easy for all abilities

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