Blackrock Loop

Blackrock Loop
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This loop entails a climb of Seefin Mountain which is part of the route once followed by 1000 men, women and children led by the O'Sullivan-Bere Clan as they fled north from the Crown forces in Cork in 1602.

Witness even more ancient history when, after taking the turnoff for Glenanaar Bog, you will come to the 'Black Ditch' which long ago formed the boundary between ancient tribes in the area.

As you approach the Seefin summit of 528m, you'll pass Castle Philip, the name given to a rock outcrop resembling a castle which Irish outlaws used as a hideout in times gone by.

On a clear day, you can see all six counties of Munster from the summit. Walkers will also be able to spot the outline of a pigeon in the rocky landscape. If you're eagle-eyed enough to find it, let us know by tagging #BallyhouraCountry when you share your photos on social media.

Seefin (Suí Finn) means 'Finn's seat' in Irish. This mountain is said to have been the spot where the giant, Finn McCool would sit and wash his feet in the River Shannon. This is indeed an impressive feat as the nearest point of the River Shannon is approximately 50 kilometres from Seefin!

Trail start-point: Greenwood (Ballyhoura) Forest, Ardpatrick

Distance: 11km (NOTICE: Temporary detour in effect)

Time: 2hr30min - 3hrs

Difficulty: Hard

Trail Type: Mix of minor roads, paths and forest tracks

Download Ballyhoura Trails Guide App - your personal guide to the loop walks of Ballyhoura Country!

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This loop entails a climb of Seefin Mountain which is part of the route once followed by 1000 men, women and children led by the O'Sullivan-Bere Clan as they fled north from the Crown forces in Cork in 1602.

Witness even more ancient history when, after taking the turnoff for Glenanaar Bog, you will come to the 'Black Ditch' which long ago formed the boundary between ancient tribes in the area.

As you approach the Seefin summit of 528m, you'll pass Castle Philip, the name given to a rock outcrop resembling a castle which Irish outlaws used as a hideout in times gone by.

On a clear day, you can see all six counties of Munster from the summit. Walkers will also be able to spot the outline of a pigeon in the rocky landscape. If you're eagle-eyed enough to find it, let us know by tagging #BallyhouraCountry when you share your photos on social media.

Seefin (Suí Finn) means 'Finn's seat' in Irish. This mountain is said to have been the spot where the giant, Finn McCool would sit and wash his feet in the River Shannon. This is indeed an impressive feat as the nearest point of the River Shannon is approximately 50 kilometres from Seefin!

Trail start-point: Greenwood (Ballyhoura) Forest, Ardpatrick

Distance: 11km (NOTICE: Temporary detour in effect)

Time: 2hr30min - 3hrs

Difficulty: Hard

Trail Type: Mix of minor roads, paths and forest tracks

Download Ballyhoura Trails Guide App - your personal guide to the loop walks of Ballyhoura Country!

Download Blackrock Loop Guide