Distance: 18km Time: 4hrs – 5hrs
Trailhead: Glenstal Woods, Murroe, Co Limerick.
The Slieve Felim region is an area between Limerick City, Nenagh, Thurles, and Tipperary and so called because it is dominated by the Slieve Felim Mountains. It is a place of quiet beauty and natural rural charm.
This loop gives fantastic views into north Co. Limerick and South Tipperary. The return section overlaps with the Slieve Felim Way a long distance walking route which stretches almost 36km from Murroe in Co. Limerick to Silvermines Village in Co. Tipperary. This loop walk is part of the network of National Looped Walks and is marked using the standard purple National Looped Walk directional arrows.
Directions to Trailhead
Start from the village of Murroe (Moroe) on the R506 between Limerick City and Cappamore. With the church on your left take the road to the left (following the signs for Thomond Scout Centre and not those for Glenstal Abbey). Follow this road for approximately 2km and turn left following the signs for the Slieve Felim Way. After 5km you reach the trailhead located at a barrier entrance to Glenstal Woods.
A-B. With your back to the carpark at the entrance to Glenstal Woods, start out along the surfaced roadway on your right. The road gently ascends towards Meentolla and, after 1km, reaches a crossroads where you veer right.
B-C. Travel 1km along this roadway to reach a barrier entrance to Glenstal Woods. Turn right here.
C-D. The loop now ascends gently for 1km before leveling out and giving fine views into north Co. Limerick and south Tipperary. After descending into Gleno, it ascends again for 2km to reach its highest point at 350m with spectacular views of Keeper Hill to the north (left). Shortly afterwards it swings south, circling the Slieve Felim Mountains and joins the long-distance Slieve Felim Way denoted with the distinctive yellow arrows and walking
man. Your loop overlaps with the Way on its return to the trailhead.
D-A. After a 4km stretch along the forested southern shoulder of Slieve Felim, the loop descends into more natural woodland where in summer; the rhododendron is spectacular and forms a soothing finale to the walk.