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a walk, run, hike, swim, bike, park and outdoor gym


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When the weather is nice, there is so much to do outdoors in Ireland – solo, with family or friends. Here are seven activities – with locations, descriptions, tips, and maps for a general guide.

Below you can read John O’Dwyer’s pick for an excellent walking path, Conor O’Keeffe on a race route, Rozanna Purcell recommends a hiking trail, Mary McCarthy on a outdoor swimming place, Ian O’Riordan chooses a bike trip, Sylvia Thompson on a family park and Fiona Alston selects a popular outdoor gym.

And remember, whatever you do and wherever you go, be careful. And enjoy.


Last name Red trail
Location Scaragh Wood is located just outside the town of Cahir.
Distance 6km loop
Approximate duration 2 hours
Difficulty Moderate, with an intense section
Starting point Google maps Scaragh Wood car park (grid reference S 028 049); you can follow that Guide of Munster Vales
Approvals Car park
Nice new trail that rises through a mixed forest above the town of Cahir to gain on the mountainside. Here there are splendid views of the Knockmealdown and Comeragh mountains.


Last name: Glen of Aherlow – Ballinacourty Loop
To note: Moderate
Length: 6km
Format: Loop
Ascension: 240m
Dogs allowed: Yes
Shoe: Road or trail runners
Markup: Purple arrow on yellow background
Point of departure / arrival: Statue of Christ the King, Glen of Aherlow
Closest city to start: Lisvarrinane

Route information: From the map in the green area of ​​the statue of Christ the King, go down to enter the natural park. This loop is marked with purple arrows – but overlaps with two other loops (green and light blue arrows) and the long distance Ballyhoura Way which is marked by the yellow walking man and arrows. Go down some wooden steps and over a footbridge and shortly after you reach a Y-intersection. Turn left from here and follow the forest path for about 1 km to reach a wooden upright. Coming out of the upright, the green loop turns right – you turn left.

You are now on a more substantial forest track. Descend 300m to reach a four-lane junction where you turn right and follow a forest track for 800m to exit onto a tarmac road just above the Aherlow House Hotel. Here you leave the light blue loop and descend following the yellow Ballyhoura Way. Pass the hotel and follow the asphalt surface downhill to reach a sharp left turn where you turn right and enter the forest again. Continue to follow the Ballyhoura Way along forest tracks for a flat section before turning right and up through Ballynacourty Woods. After 1.5 km you reach a T-junction where the Ballyhoura Way turns left and you overlap other loops which start and end in the village of Lisvarrinane. You turn right here to begin the return journey.

For more than 2 km, the loop crosses the southern shoulder of Slievenamuck Mountain and joins the light blue loop above the Aherlow House Hotel before joining an asphalt road. Here you veer to the left. Follow the asphalt road for a short distance before turning right again into the forest. Following forest paths, you take the green loop again at a small amount, and after 1 km you reach a three-lane junction where you join the outward route. Turn left and retrace your steps for 300m to regain the start of the trail. (Assisted by: Coillte)


Name of the hike Galtymore
Distance 10.7 km
Altitude gain 815m
Approximate duration 3-3.5 hours
Difficulty Intermediate
Type of route Back and forth
Starting point See all trails Galtymore
Approvals Toilets, limited parking
Suitable for dogs? No dogs
Advice Keep an eye out for the white painted stones for a good landmark on the road


Rozanna Purcell in Galtymor.


Last name: Derg Lake
Location: Google map: Lough Derg, Hasseys Pier, Dromineer
Brief description:
Small beach on the east side of Lough Derg. The bottom is sandy. Very gradual slope and end of the jetty of 2.5 m
Approvals: Parking, toilets and public showers
Rescuer: No, but has a Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) station
Water quality: Good. EPA test regularly
Advice: Water can be rough under extreme conditions. It is the third largest lake with its own weather system. Swim between the two piers at Dromineer and head to the famous Café Cake After at the Cafe du Lac open March through October and weekends in low season


Last name: Glen d’Aherlow Circuit
Place of departure : Town of Tipperary
From the town of Tipperary a gentle climb through Bansha Woods in the Glen of Aherlow towards the village of Anglesborough and back down via Galbally passing briefly through Limerick
Distance: 47km
Time: 2.5 to 3 hours.
Strong points: The majestic Galtee mountains as a backdrop in Aherlow
Look for: The Aherlow House Hotel, the perfect coffee stop.
Advice: The Glen itself is relatively quiet, although quite steep in places.


Glen d’Aherlow circuit.


Park name: Castlelough Lakeside Park, Portroe
Approvals: The designated recreation areas of Arra Forest on the shores of Lough Derg. Hiking trails along Lough Derg, water skiing, paddleboarding, canoeing, fishing and cruises along the River Shannon.
Particularities: Those who enjoy long walks may consider stopping off the Lough Derg Way which runs through Castlelough.
Access: Parking on site. Google map “Castlelough Park”.
Dogs: Dogs on a leash are welcome.
Advice: Plan water activities in advance and don’t forget your wetsuits.


Last name: Loughtagalla Park, Thurles, County Tipperary
Equipment: Fitness rider, walker, bike, ab curl, back massager, pull-up bars, dip bars, body twist (wheelchair), arm strength (wheelchair).
Location: Google maps
Information: It is planned to add to this space a biodiversity park and a sensory garden.

Loughtagalla Park.

Loughtagalla Park. Photography: Outfit.ie


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