Please note that there is a diversion currently in place on this Loop. Follow the waymarkers on the ground for the return part of the walk.
This 11 km walk takes its name from the nearby prominent rock outcrop which overlooks the farmlands of the Golden Vale. A section of the loop follows the Ballyhoura Way, a National Waymarked Way and also passes close to the peak of Seefin mountain. It offers spectacular views across all of the six counties in the province of Munster on a clear day.
Starting out from the car park, follow the purple arrows, displayed on the waymarking posts through a small section of the forest before you turn onto the public road. Turn right and walk for about 50m before taking a turn to the left for Glenosheen, the home of the Joyce Brothers who are renowned scholars and authors. Continue for 100m and turn right at the water reservoir and walk for 1km to reach the public road. You will veer slightly left before turning right to go up the Glenosheen famine road constructed in the 1840's by the Congested Distribution Board as a relief scheme. Follow the road for 1.5km, this will take you by the side of Seefin Mountain which is the highest point in the Ballyhouras at 528m. According to ancient folklore, Fionn, the father of Oisin, is buried under an ancient cairn nearby. On a clear day you will get views of the Galty mountains towards the East & the Knockmealdowns on the horizon. Northwards, you may be able to see the Clare Hills and the Slieve Felim's and to the West are the Pap Mountains of Co. Kerry.
Follow the mountain track downhill to a parking area and turn right down an old green bog road. Continue on past two hairpin bends before taking a sharp right past a barrier. Take a left onto the forestry track and you will gently descend through Greenwood Forest. Follow the way markers back to the carpark.
|Trail Name:||Blackrock Loop|
|Recreation Site:||Ballyhoura - Walking Trails [view site]|
|Trail Start Point:||Trailhead in the car park|
|Time:||4 hours 30 mins|
|Degree of Difficulty:||Strenuous View Trail Grade Definitions|
|Attributes:||Linear Trail (Point A to B)|
|Finish Point:||Trailhead in the car park|
|Trail Way marking:||Purple|