Distance: 14k Ascent: 550m Time: 4hrs - 4hrs 30mins Terrain: Forestry Trailhead: Doonane car park, Toor, CoTipperary Difficulty: Moderate
Keeper Hill is situated in the Slieve Felim mountain range in north Tipperary. The Gaelic name for the hill is Sliabh Coimeálta – the mountain of guarding! At a height of 694m, it is the highest mountain in the Shannon area.
While the loop (marked with purple arrows) explores the lower shoulders of Keeper Hill, the 'hardy' walker will enjoy incorporating the 'trek' to the summit (the red arrows).
From the village of Toor, follow the road (unclassified) in the direction of Newport. After 2k, turn right on to a minor roadway and follow the trailhead signs to reach the trailhead at Doonane.
Starting from the car park, follow the purple arrows northward along the laneway. After almost 2k, the loop reaches a crossroads – turn right and, after 100m, enter Ballyhourigan Woods via the metal barrier.
Ascend along the forestry roadway in the direction of Keeper Hill. After 3k, the loop and trek separate at a three-way junction. Here you have the choice of turning left and following the red arrows to the top of Keeper Hill – the return journey will take you 1hr to 1hr 30mins. The main loop turns right, following the purple arrow.
Continue to follow the purple arrows along the forestry roadway. The loop sweeps south and descends to the townland of Boolatin, passing a stone sweat house en route. After 4k, you regain the trailhead.