Starting from the car park opposite the Grand Gates, enter Castlemorris Woods and pass the Gate Lodge to reach a metal stile. Cross the stile to join a forestry road and follow the red (and green and purple) arrows. The green and purple arrows are for other loops. Follow the forest road for over 1km reach an archway through which stone outbuildings (which were part of the courtyard of Castlemorris House) are visible. The shorter green loop turns left here - you turn right following the red (and purple) arrows.
The loop now takes you around Castlemorris House. After approximately 1km, joins a minor public road where the purple loop turns right - but you turn left following the red arrow.
After only 500m along the surfaced road you reach a 3-way junction where you rejoin the purple loop and veer left.
After approximately 200m both loops (red and purple) turn left and enter Castlemorris Wood by way of a metal barrier. At this point you are just short of Aghaviller Church and Round Tower - 200m along the surfaced road. If you decide to visit the site, remember to return to this junction.
Only 500m along this final section of the loop you rejoin the green loop as it comes in from the left. Another 500m takes you to a crossroads of forest tracks where you turn left onto a narrow track.
Follow this winding track to emerge on a forestry road only 200m from the trailhead. Turn right and enjoy the short trek back!
|Trail Name:||Holly Loop|
|Recreation Site:||Castlemorris [view site]|
|Trail Start Point:||Grand Gates|
|Degree of Difficulty:||Moderate View Trail Grade Definitions|
|Attributes:||Loop Trail (Returns to Starting Point)|
|Finish Point:||Grand Gates|
|Trail Way marking:||Red|