Glenstal Woodland Walk

Trail description

The Glenstal Woodland Loop offers the walker fine views of counties Limerick South Tipperary along with Keeper Hill mountain to the north.  From the trailhead, follow the purple waymarkers along the county road as it gently climbs towards Meentolla.  After a kilometer, veer right at the crossroads.  Travel for another kilometre along this roadway to reach a forest barrier entrance to to the woods. Turn right here.  The loop gently ascends along forest roads.   Stop for a moment and observe the beautiful views into north Co Limerick and South Tipperary.  You may get a glimpse of the white steeple of Newport church to the north west with Lough Derg and the Shannon beyond it.  After descending into Gleno, the trail ascends again for 2km to reach its highest point at 350m - with spectacular views of Keeper Hill.  Shortly afterwards it swings south, circling the Slieve Felim Mountains and joins the long-distance Slieve Felim Way - denoted with the distinctive yellow arrows and walking man. Your loop overlaps with the Way on its return to the trailhead.
After a 4km stretch along the forested southern shoulder of Slieve Felim, the loop descends into more natural woodland where in Summer, the rhododendron is spectacular.  Make your way back to the car park.

Trail Name: Glenstal Woodland Walk
Recreation Site: Glenstal  [view site]
Trail Start Point: Forest entrance
Length:15km
Time: 4 hours
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate   View Trail Grade Definitions
Metres Climb: 300m
Attributes: Loop Trail (Returns to Starting Point)
Finish Point: Forest entrance
Trail Way marking:purple