Tuesday 23 January 2018

Attychraan Loop - way to go

Christopher Somerville

MAP: OS of Ireland 1:50,000 Discovery 74; downloadable map/instructions (highly recommended) at discover ireland.ie/walking.

TRAVEL: Rail (irishrail.ie): Caher (7 miles); Bus (buseireann.ie): Service 8 to Kilbeheny (3 miles); Road: M8 Jct 12; immediately right off N73 Mitchelstown road through Kilbeheny. Just beyond, left (brown 'King's Yard' sign); right ('National Looped Walk Trailhead'); left into Galty Castle Wood, to car park.

WALK DIRECTIONS: Up steps; follow trail (purple arrows/PA and blue arrows) beside wood. In ½ mile, right (PA) uphill through trees of Castle Hill to meet forest road. Right to King's Yard farm. Descend to cross Attychraan River; then fork right (PA) along river. Right again (PA) under Castle bridge; recross river (PA), follow track to road. Ahead to bend; up steps (PA) to car park.

LENGTH: Three miles: allow 1½ hours.

GRADE: Easy.

DON'T MISS: View of Galty Mountains from top of Castle Wood; horned sheep at King's Yard; mossy mill race and bridge below Galty Castle site.

REFRESHMENTS: King's Yard Farm, or picnic.

ACCOMMODATION: Deebert House Hotel, Kilmallock (063 31200; deeberthousehotel.com), or camp at King's Yard, Knocknagalty, Kilbeheny (025 84903; kingsyard.word press.com).

WALKING NEWS: Ballyhoura International Walking Festival, Co Limerick, May 1-3: ballyhouracountry. com/events.

Irish Independent

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