Ballyhourigan Woods Loop

Trail description

From the car park turn right up the sandy forest road following the blue arrows.  Approx. 1.5 km up the tarred road turn right into Ballyhourigan Woods.  Go past the metal barrier and follow the way markers gently uphill for approximately 3km towards Keeper Hill.  You will come to a 3-way junction where you will link up with the Slieve Felim Way, a long distance waking trail.  There is an option here to continue on towards Keeper Hill by way of the red arrows that indicate the Keeper Hill Summit Trek .  Otherwise, continue to follow the blue arrows that will guide you on the 4km descent to the townland of Boolatin.  You will pass a mass rock and a stone sweat house that are located just off the trail and are well worth a visit as you pass.  You will finish your loop by turning left at the T-junction which is a short distance for the car park and trailhead.

Trail Name: Ballyhourigan Woods Loop
Recreation Site: Doonane/Ballyhourgian  [view site]
Trail Start Point: Car park
Length:9km
Time: 2.5 hours
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate   View Trail Grade Definitions
Metres Climb: 230m
Attributes: Loop Trail (Returns to Starting Point)
Finish Point: Car park
Trail Way marking:blue