Distance: 9k Ascent: 10m Estimated Time: 2hrs-2hrs 30mins Grade: Easy Trailhead: Lough Boora Parklands Terrain: Bog roads and sandy tracks
Lough Boora Parklands was until recently something of an unshared secret. Lands cloaked with great raised bogs for 10,000 years, harvested since the 1940s, are establishing a unique habitat for a range of flora and fauna.
The trailhead is signposted from the town of Kilcormac. Start facing the car park opposite the wooden birdhide on Cycle Path Road. Follow the red arrow along in the direction of Kilcormac – there is a shed in the distance. Continue for 400m to reach a crossroads. You continue straight here, following the red arrow.
After 200m, you veer right on to a sandy bog road. After another 200m, turn left at a T-junction. When you reach a sharp right, where the long-distance Offaly Way (marked with yellow arrows) joins on the left, turn right.
After 1.5k, you enter a coniferous plantation and arrive at a T-junction on top of an embankment. Turn left here.
After 100m, turn right and follow the sandy road past a lake on your left. Turn right at a T-junction and, after 100m, arrive at the Mesolithic site.
Follow the sandy roadway past two bends and through forestry. Exit through a wooden gate and reach a junction – the large stone Boora Pyramid looms on your left.
Continue straight and on to the top of the embankment, where you will see the birdhide which marks the trailhead.