Mass Rock Loop

Trail description

The Mass Rock Loop is waymarked red and will guide you along the forest road through Killaclohane property.  There are a number of archaeological features close to the route along the way to investigate, including Ogham stones, a dolmen and the remains of an old church.  If the weather is agreeable, there are wonderful views of the Slieve Mish mountains to the North West.  Towards the end of the loop there is a short spur trail to the mass rock that gives the loop its name.  Information plaques here recount the history of  Fr. Thaddeus (Tadhg) Moriarty, a local Dominican priest, who was arrested by Cromwellian soldiers whilst celebrating mass at dawn on 15th August 1653.  As Catholic priests were banished from the country at that time, he was found guilty of treason and imprisoned in Ross Castle.  He was subsequently tortured and hanged at Martyr's Hill in Killarney.  Back on the forest road it's a short jaunt back to the trailhead.

Trail Name: Mass Rock Loop
Recreation Site: Killaclohane  [view site]
Trail Start Point: Forest Barrier
Time: 50 mins
Degree of Difficulty: Easy   View Trail Grade Definitions
Metres Climb: 40 m
Attributes: Loop Trail (Returns to Starting Point)
Finish Point: Forest Barrier
Trail Way marking:Red