This walk is named after the river that a section of the walk follows, it is a tributary of the River Funshion which in turns feeds into the Munster Blackwater. On a clear day, the walker will be rewarded with some incredible views of open mountain, upland farmlands and mixed forests, one may be even be lucky enough to see the Kilworth Mountains in the distance to the south west.
Staring out from the car park at Galty Castle, the walker can follow the purple arrows downhill via forestry paths to cross the Funshion River. This river actually forms the boundary between the counties of Limerick and Tipperary.
The loop then follows a forestry road along the east bank of the river offering fine views up into the Galty Mountains. Joining a tarred road, the loop then crosses a bridge over the Funshion (returning to County Limerick!) and veers left onto a winding farm road. After 200m the loop turns left to cross a stile into forestry.
The loop follows a grassy path for 200m to cross the Attychraan River via a footbridge. Joining a wooded pathway the loop starts an uphill climb at the top of which it swings left and joins a 'forestry road'. There are some incredible views of the countryside around this point.
After 500m the loop leaves the forestry road, enters forestry, and follows a mix of well worn paths through broadleaf woodland to reach a forestry road at a barrier. Turn left here.
Follow the forestry road downhill for 500m before turning right onto a woodland track, which takes you to a boundary fence and back to the trailhead and car park.
|Trail Name:||Attychraan Loop|
|Recreation Site:||Galty Castle [view site]|
|Trail Start Point:||Car Park|
|Degree of Difficulty:||Moderate View Trail Grade Definitions|
|Attributes:||Loop Trail (Returns to Starting Point)|
|Finish Point:||Car Park|
|Trail Way marking:||Purple|