Duhallow Walkways

The Duhallow region has a variety of walks to suit all ages and interests

For those with time and enthusiasm, or those with a love for walking, Duhallow is best explored on foot and will reveal a breathtaking variety of scenery. Whether it’s trekking along the Mullaghareirk Mountains or along Mount Hilary or going for a stroll in the Island Woods, the Duhallow region has a variety of walks to suit all ages and interests.

IRD Duhallow has worked along with Coillte, Fáilte Ireland, Cork County Council and local landowners to develop the tourism potential of walking in Duhallow. Participants of the Rural Social Scheme carry out upgrading work and maintenance the walks in Duhallow to the standards commended by the Irish Sports Council in their inspections. Brochures are available for each of the walks along with detailed information boards put in place on each of the routes. For more information on these walkways please contact IRD Duhallow at 029-60633 or download the brochures on each below.

The Following is a list of the walkways that are part of The Duhallow Way:

Source of the Blackwater

The Source of the Blackwater Walk is a 12km walking route that stretches from Ballydesmond and right across to Newmarket and back over towards Castleisland in Co. Kerry.

For more information on this walk please download the brochure. Walking Duhallow – Source of the Blackwater

Minimum Gear:walking boots, raingear, snacks & fluids

Theme: Nature
Terrain: Forestry Tracks
Distance/Difficulty: 12km/ moderate
Ascent: 150km
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes – 3 hours

Mount Hilary

Mount Hilary is located South East of Banteer village and consists of three different looped walks which are listed below.

Please Note: Tree Felling is Currently in Progress.

For more information on this walk please download the brochure. Walking Duhallow – Mount Hillary

Walk A: Green- Knightfield Loop

Theme: Nature
Terrain: Forestry Tracks
Distance/Difficulty: 4km/ Easy
High Point/Ascent: 220m/130m
Duration: 45 minutes – 1 hour
Minimum Gear: trekking shoes

Walk B: Blue- Father Murphy’s Loop

Theme: Nature
Terrain: Forestry Tracks
Distance/Difficulty: 7km/ moderate
High Point/Ascent: 300m/240m
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes-2 hours
Minimum Gear: trekking shoes, fluids

Walk C: Red- Mount Hillary Loop

Theme: Nature
Terrain: Forestry Tracks
Distance/Difficulty: 10km/ moderate
High Point/Ascent: 390m/340m
Duration: 3 hours-3hours 30 minutes
Minimum Gear: hiking boots, raingear, snacks & fluids

The Island Wood

The Island Wood, located 2 miles outside of the town of Newmarket, is a beautiful wooded landscape area which is perfect for a walk, run or a picnic.

For more information on this walk please download the brochure here. Walking Duhallow – Island Wood

Theme: Nature
Terrain: Forestry Tracks
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1 hour-1 hour 30 minutes
Minimum Gear: trekking shoes, raingear

Claragh Loop

The Claragh Loops starting point is located in Millstreet in Co. Cork. For more information on this walk please download the brochure here. Walking Duhallow – Clara Loop

Theme: Nature
Terrain: Laneways, hillside tracks and paths
Distance/Difficulty: 10km
High Point/Ascent: 390m/340m
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes-3hours
Minimum Gear: hiking boots, raingear, snacks & fluids

Mullaghareirk Mountains

Mullaghareirk Mountains are located north of Meelin in Co. Cork. This route consists of four loops which all start from the trailhead at the entrance to the forestry in the valley of the Glashawee River near Mullaghareirk. The loops are arranged in pairs- the green and blue circle Banane Hill and the red and purple take the walker onto the shoulder of Mullaghareirk.

For more information on this walk please download the brochure here. Walking Duhallow – Mullaghareirk Mountains

Walk A: Green- Banane Loop

Theme: Nature
Terrain: Forestry Tracks
Distance/Difficulty: 5km/ Easy
High Point/Ascent: 330m-80m
Duration: 1 hour – 1 hour 30 minutes
Minimum Gear: trekking shoes, raingear

Walk B: Blue- Rowls Langford Loop

Theme: Nature
Terrain: Forestry Tracks
Distance/Difficulty: 7km/ Easy
High Point/Ascent: 330m/120m
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes-2 hours
Minimum Gear: trekking shoes, raingear, fluids

Walk C: Red- Brosneen Loop

Theme: Nature
Terrain: Forestry Tracks
Distance/Difficulty: 5km/ easy
High Point/Ascent: 360m-100m
Duration: 1 hour- 1 hour 30 minutes
Minimum Gear: trekking shoes, raingear

Walk D: Purple- Reanahoun Loop

Theme: Nature
Terrain: Forestry Tracks
Distance/Difficulty: 7km/ Moderate
High Point/Ascent: 400m/160m
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes- 2 hours
Minimum Gear: trekking shoes, raingear, fluid

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