Tinahely Loop

County Wicklow
1 review
Grade Strenuous
Length 28 km
Time 6 hours
Format Loop
Ascent 350 m
Dogs Allowed No
Waymarking Red arrow on white background
Start Point
Kilcommon Bridge
Finish Point
Kilcommon Bridge
Nearest Town to Start Tinahely
Grid Ref. T 042 721
Lat. and Long. 52.7949235, -6.4337688 / 52.7781992, -6.4872491

This walk takes in elements of the Tinahely Railway Walk, The Wicklow Way and the Muskeagh Hill looped walking trail. As such it is a mixed surface, varied gradent walking trail and is suitable for the experienced walker. The views from the top of Muskeagh Hill of the surrounding countryside are truly worth the effort of climbing it.

Maps and other information

Trail Management

Tinahely Community Projects. info@tinahely.ie


Car parking at Kilcommon Bridge

Parking and trailhead also at Kilcommon Bridge

OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheet 62
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Bus Eireann timetables available at www.buseireann.ie.


Richard from Dublin

Walked this loop on Sunday 21/09/2014 in fine weather. Parked at Kilcommon Bridge and took the route in a clockwise direction travelling to the west of Tinahely first. For the first 9.5kms the views were limited and there is a fair bit of road to cover. Because of this I chose to wear trail shoes rather than boots and it meant that I averaged at least 6km/h for the entire journey. Once you are on the Wicklow Way there is some great history of the local area documented on signs along the roadside. Do take time to stop and read them.

Take extreme care when walking on the R747 as walking facing oncoming traffic can be a bit scary. I think it would be better to walk with the traffic coming from behind you as at least you'll be able to see around the bend.

As the route continues towards Mangan's Wood you feel totally removed from the town and are treated to fine views and great underfoot conditions. At this point you could extend the route by 10-12kms and include the Kyle Loop and make it a real epic. I continued on east of the town and returned to the car park via the dismantled railway line.

Make sure you bring the downloadable map with you and it's also worth having OS 62 for greater detail. Remember when you are walking under the two railway bridges the road is above you...you're not looking for a road and path intersection.

The entire 25km walk took me 5 hours and included many photo stops and a lunch break. Why not stay overnight in the town and make a weekend of it!!!

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