Shannon Region Trails

Shannon Region Trails

23 guides
Walking and cycling are truly the best way to explore and fully absorb the beauty of the Shannon Region – comprising counties Limerick, Clare, North Tipperary and South West Offaly. Tucked away between the Atlantic Coastline, River Shannon, Lough Derg and many other lakes, mountain ranges, rolling countryside, fertile valleys and plains, a network of trails lead you on a delightful journey through the most beautiful parts of the country.

This widely contrasting countryside is criss-crossed with byways, forest paths, nature trails, country lanes and minor roads, all leading to splendid isolation in rugged, mountainous terrain with fascinating cliff scenery, along lakeshores, coast roads, lowlands with green pastures, across wild moors and vast tracked of bogland. Peace and tranquility, far from the pressures of modern life, are the rewards awaiting those who walk through the Shannon Region.

Waymarked Ways
The Shannon Region Waymarked Ways are part of a national network of more than 40 approved Waymarked Ways in Ireland. The Waymarked Ways are marked using a mix of 1m high black marker post and brown signposts fingers bearing YELLOW ARROWS and TREKKING MAN [Note: on occasion you may encounter directional arrows of other colours – these are for the looped walks]. The Ways follow a mix of forest tracks, riverbanks, canal banks, old roadway, grassy trails, sandy tracks and minor roads. These routes generally take a number of days to complete and are located in some of the most scenic parts of the region, occasionally passing through small towns and villages, and present a variety of terrain options for an energetic walk or a leisurely stroll.

Looped Walks and Guided Walks
In addition to the Waymarked Ways there is a wide variety of loop walks and tracks, throughout the Region, on mountains, by sea, lake and river, in forests and along country lanes. These are developed to national standard and offer high-quality a walking experience through spectacular landscapes to walkers of all levels and fitness abilities. For those who prefer to be guided, organised walking tours are available. Further information is available on the Shannon Region Trails website www.shannonregiontrails.ie or from Shannon Region Tourist Information Offices located throughout the region.

Cycling
For cycling enthusiasts, the Shannon Region also invites you to come and pedal the hundreds of miles of cycleway throughout the Region. There is a wealth of routes to choose from along quite country roads with relatively flat terrain, and a multitude of interesting places to visit and discover. All routes are clearly signposted and a wide range of accommodation and facilities awaits you. Ireland’s largest trail network of off-road single-track Mountain Bike Trails is located in Ballyhoura, Co. Limerick, see www.ballyhouramtb.com. There are a number of well-equipped Rent-a-Bike shops across the Region and fully inclusive cycling holiday packages are available from a number of operators. For more information, visit www.shannonregiontrails.ie. Rich in breathtaking scenery, the Shannon Region has been referred to as a cyclist’s paradise. Don’t just take our word for it – County Clare was listed in the Lonely Planet’s Top 10 cycling destinations in the world in 2010.

Shannon Development
Shannon Development is the regional economic development agency appointed by the Irish government and is also the Shannon Region’s Tourism Authority. The Shannon Region Trails Programme was launched by Shannon Development in 2007 with the aim of establishing the Shannon Region as a world-class destination for walking, cycling, water-based and other outdoor activity pursuits. The Programme was designed to create a recreational trail network to cater for the strong growth in activity-based holidays in Ireland and to respond to market demands which confirm the diversity of holidaymaker in this sector, from the occasional walker to the dedicated outdoor adventurer. In economic terms, the goal is to secure long-term sustainable benefits to the Region and to attract tourists to less developed areas of the Region in particular. To date, the Programme has assisted over 60 projects involving overall partnership investment of around €5 million. Key partners include Fáilte Ireland, Coillte, the National Trails Office, the City and County Councils of Limerick, Clare, North Tipperary and Offaly, the Rural Recreation Officers, the Local Development Companies (LEADER), private landowners and local community groups throughout the Region.
Guides
Ballycroum Loop
Ballycroum Loop
Feakle, Clare, Ireland
 
Moderate: 4.7 miles, 1-3 hours
A magical walk in the heart of East Clare, passing by megalithic tombs, ancient tumbledown houses and mossy hazel groves
Ballycuggeran Loop
Ballycuggeran Loop
Killaloe, Clare, Ireland
 
Moderate: 4.3 miles, 1-3 hours
This 5.6km loop walk ascends along forest paths to a height of 270m, offering spectacular views of Lough Derg
Ballyhourigan Woods Loop Walk
Ballyhourigan Woods Loop Walk
Doonane, Tipperary, Ireland
Moderate: 5.6 miles, 1-3 hours
A pleasant 9km forest loop around the shoulders of Keeper Hill, Co. Tipperary
Cahermurphy Loop
Cahermurphy Loop
Flagmount, Clare, Ireland
 
Moderate: 6.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Walk by lakeshore, riverbank & through forest and enjoy splendid views of Lough Graney and the surrounding countryside
Clare Glens Loop Walks
Clare Glens Loop Walks
Clare Glens, Limerick/Tipperary, Ireland
 
Easy: 2.5 miles, 1-3 hours
This easy forest walk journeys past waterfalls, rock pools and rapids, and presents stunning photographic opportunities
East Clare Way
East Clare Way
East Clare, Clare, Ireland
Moderate: 109 miles, Multiple days
At over 175km in length, the magnificent East Clare Way explores the diverse scenery and rugged beauty of East Clare
Graves of the Leinstermen
Graves of the Leinstermen
Portroe, Tipperary, Ireland
Moderate: 3.5 miles, 1-3 hours
This Loop Walk follows minor roads and laneways to ascend Tountinna (459m) where breathtaking views of Lough Derg await
Keeper Hill Trek
Keeper Hill Trek
Doonane, Tipperary, Ireland
 
Moderate: 10.2 miles, Half day
Keeper Hill (694m) is the highest peak in the Shannon Region and offers majestic views of the surrounding countryside
Killaloe Historic Town Trail
Killaloe Historic Town Trail
Killaloe, Clare, Ireland
Easy: 3.4 miles, 1-3 hours
Immerse yourself in the history, antiquities and traditions of Brian Ború, the O'Brien Clan and the Bishops of Killaloe
Knockanroe Wood Loop
Knockanroe Wood Loop
Silvermines, North Tipperary, Ireland
Moderate: 2.8 miles, 1-3 hours
This forest walk loop explores a beautiful part of Tipperary's Silvermines Mountains

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