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Kilkenny, Ireland

Kilmacoliver Walk, Ireland

A beautiful 6km walking trail incorporating hill-top views and a megalithic tomb.

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Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 3.7 miles / 6.0 km
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview: The Kilmacoliver loop is one of the most scenic walks in County Kilkenny. It starts in the village of Tullahought, where walkers can park beside the Watering Place, which is a wildlife pond fed by a freshwater spring. A mapboard displays the walking route and also shows the local wildlife in the pond and the area.

Along the Trail:
Leaving the trailhead car park, follow the tarred road for 400m past a road on your right, known as the Avenue; once the road to Kilmacoliver Castle. Continue to a laneway on your left. Turn left onto the roadway which gives way to a sandy lane and ascend gently for almost 2km to reach a metal gate entrance to an old homestead – the only remaining house of the village of Bregaun.

Fine views of the surrounding countryside start to open up to your left, and to your right the trig pillar atop Kilmacoliver Hill becomes visible. Just past the old house, the walk leaves the laneway and follows a dry ditch as it ascends to the summit of Kilmacoliver Hill.

At the summit you will discover an ancient enclosure of standing stones, commonly known as the Burial Ground, as well as spectacular views.

The walk also takes you through a recently-developed private woodland of broadleaf trees before bringing you back to the trailhead.

Tips: Trail length: 6km
Duration: 1.5 Hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Footwear: With Ankle Support - Hiking boots, Wellingtons.
Terrain: Minor roads, old roadways and laneways, fields and
woodland trails.
Highest Point: 261m/800ft

Hard copy of brochure can be downloaded from www dot trailkilkenny dot ie.

Points of Interest


Village of Tullahought

The village name derives from the word for ‘broad straight,’ referring to the mile-long road that runs through the village; known as the Long Pavement, which was paved in famine times and was used by the Bianconi coaches travelling from Carrick-on-Suir to Kilkenny.

Viewing tower

Just off the main trail is the Tullahought viewing tower, which was recently constructed on an elevated site overlooking Tullahought village and shows a panoramic view of the landscape with information plaques containing a short history of the area and its geology.

Wildlife pond in Tullahought village

The village of Tullahought developed a beautiful wildlife pond with a detailed map board explaining all the wildlife in the area.

Megalithic Tomb

At the summit you will discover a circular enclosure of standing stones believed to be a megalithic tomb dating back 5,000 years and commonly known as the Burial Ground. There are similar stones at the summit of Sliabh na mBan across the valley and within the valley ‘The Caiseal’ – Knockroe passage tomb; some 5,000 years old is aligned to the setting sun of the Winter Solstice.

View from summit of Kilmacoliver

The views from the summit are truly spectacular – on a fine day you can see the counties of Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and
Carlow. The Lingaun Valley is also visible, with its disused slate quarries and Sliabh na mBan arising from the pastureland with the Galtee Mountains to its right. A lower hillock to the left of Sliabh na mBan is the hill fort of Carrigadoon.


The walk enters a recently developed private woodland of broadleaf trees including oak, beech, birch, larch and cherry and continues up to a metal gate where you rejoin the laneway on which you travelled outward.
Pictures in this guide taken by: Trail_Kilkenny

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