Kilfinane Loop

Kilfinane Loop
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*Update 28/04/2022: PLEASE NOTE that tree harvesting is taking place in this wood, some of the waymarkings are temporary removed, and the path needs to be cleared after the harvesting. Caution is required when walking the section of the Kilfinane Loop that passes through it.

Starting at Ballyhoura Tourist Office in Kilfinane, this loop takes in part of the Ballyhoura Way and traverses streams, woodlands, forest roads and tracks, scaling its highest point of the pinnacle Slievereagh at 465m. It offers magnificent views of the Galtees and surrounding areas. Its slopes are crisscrossed by several forestry tracks and the Ballyhoura Way crosses on its way from Kilfinane to Ballylanders, just to the south of the pinnacle summit.

The walk itself leaves the village of Kilfinane on quiet country roads initially where the trail then heads into a lovely, peaceful mature forest. There is a meadow in the middle of the forest with old standing stones before you dive back into the depths of the forest to cross a small stream.

Once out of the forest the trail follows forestry roads for a while passing Lazy Dog Shooting (clay pigeon shooting) which you will see on your right. The trail turns off the main forestry road soon after this and the walker is welcomed by views of the Ballyhoura region in front of them. The trail continues on a grassy path until it emerges onto the Ballylanders/Kilfinane road for the short stroll back to the village.

Distance: 10km | Time: 3.5 hours

Waymarking: Purple | Highpoint/Ascent: 336m/260m

Trailhead: Kilfinane Village

Trail Type: Minor roads, winding woodland path, forestry road, grassy path

Difficulty: Moderate - it includes predominantly Class 3 trails but can include sections of Class 1, Class 2 or Class 4 Trails (typically for no more than 30% of the route distance). Overall the route will have rough underfoot conditions and may include uphill sections taking up to 10 minutes to walk. It is suitable for people with a moderate level of fitness. Specific outdoor walking footwear and clothing required.

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*Update 28/04/2022: PLEASE NOTE that tree harvesting is taking place in this wood, some of the waymarkings are temporary removed, and the path needs to be cleared after the harvesting. Caution is required when walking the section of the Kilfinane Loop that passes through it.

Starting at Ballyhoura Tourist Office in Kilfinane, this loop takes in part of the Ballyhoura Way and traverses streams, woodlands, forest roads and tracks, scaling its highest point of the pinnacle Slievereagh at 465m. It offers magnificent views of the Galtees and surrounding areas. Its slopes are crisscrossed by several forestry tracks and the Ballyhoura Way crosses on its way from Kilfinane to Ballylanders, just to the south of the pinnacle summit.

The walk itself leaves the village of Kilfinane on quiet country roads initially where the trail then heads into a lovely, peaceful mature forest. There is a meadow in the middle of the forest with old standing stones before you dive back into the depths of the forest to cross a small stream.

Once out of the forest the trail follows forestry roads for a while passing Lazy Dog Shooting (clay pigeon shooting) which you will see on your right. The trail turns off the main forestry road soon after this and the walker is welcomed by views of the Ballyhoura region in front of them. The trail continues on a grassy path until it emerges onto the Ballylanders/Kilfinane road for the short stroll back to the village.

Distance: 10km | Time: 3.5 hours

Waymarking: Purple | Highpoint/Ascent: 336m/260m

Trailhead: Kilfinane Village

Trail Type: Minor roads, winding woodland path, forestry road, grassy path

Difficulty: Moderate - it includes predominantly Class 3 trails but can include sections of Class 1, Class 2 or Class 4 Trails (typically for no more than 30% of the route distance). Overall the route will have rough underfoot conditions and may include uphill sections taking up to 10 minutes to walk. It is suitable for people with a moderate level of fitness. Specific outdoor walking footwear and clothing required.

DOWNLOAD KILFINANE WALKING HUB MAP