The Limerick Greenway

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The Limerick Greenway
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Traveler86
Limerick, Ireland539 contributions
Great greenway
Mar 2021 • Family
Different start points for the green way check the map on the website.Currently parts are upgraded with tarmac for best info check the website or alltrails app
Written 21 March 2021
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John M
Lyon, France1,692 contributions
Limited time (and energy) so walked the flat 2.5 mile stage between Ardagh to Newcastle West
Jul 2019
Developed by a group of European Greenways Association award-winning volunteers, the Great Southern Trail (GST) is a 25 mile (approx. 40km) walking and cycling off-road route running along the old railway line connecting the towns of Rathkeale, Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale in County Limerick. When finished it will run the 60 miles from Limerick to Tralee and on to Fenit.

This walking/cycling route meanders through the West Limerick countryside giving an opportunity to stop off in towns and villages along the route including Rathkeale, Ardagh, Newcastle West, Templeglantine and Abbeyfeale. We had limited time (and energy) so just walked the relatively flat 2.5 mile stage between Ardagh to Newcastle West (4km). This section passes through farmland surrounded by hills. The trail is well maintained with signposted – however some of the cyclists did complain that there were too many gates along the way – these will be gradually replaced with cattle grids to make it easier for cycling. We plan to return.
Written 3 September 2019
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aussie tom
5 contributions
Really enjoyable
May 2019
Went on the ride from Rathkeale to Newcastle West a very easy ride no hills about 13kms. Went into the town square had a nice coffee. Is well maintained path with good signage.
Written 1 June 2019
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MP19
4 contributions
Understated trail, will visit again
Aug 2018 • Solo
Have done this in stages over a few years rather than in one sweep. Thought directional and information signage was good, giving a bit of context and pics of the places when it was a functioning railway.

Had no problem with the surfacing, more suitable for a touring or mountain bike rather than a modern road bike. Personally, I don't think speeding racing bikes have any business on a shared trail.
Goes as far as the county bounds, hopefully one day will get as far as Tralee as a long distance trail.
Written 8 March 2019
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VidyaSalian
Limerick, Ireland78 contributions
Beautiful but long.
Jan 2019 • Friends
Went with a friend. Took a bus from Limerick Bus Station to Rathkeale (Bus to Tralee, 7 euros to Rathkeale). From the Rathkeale bus stop, had to walk oddly 500mts to the start of the trail. Google maps help.
Entered from the Green walk at Rathkeale and took a deviation near the river. Walked along the river for a while and it lead to a really long walk all the way up to NewCastle west. It was a beautiful day and hence felt good to be walking. The beautiful greenery around looked even better when the golden sun rays kissed them.
I presume there are a lot of deviations and shorter walks here as we encountered many families along with their kids walking/cycling.
Better carry enough food/liquid along.
Written 7 January 2019
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Martin Quinlan Q
Limerick, Ireland21 contributions
Smashing belwo the radar greenway with its own natural wild character
Aug 2018 • Friends
For a long time I was put off trying the GST as I had read some bad reviews mainly here saying that the surface wasn't good and that the scenery was poor and that it wasn't worth it . I eventually made it down there yesterday and after doing both the waterford greenway and the Great Western Greenway this summer I have to say the GST was my favourite of them all .

The GST has a lovely wildness to it and is a little more unkempt and overgrown than the other more manicured greenways , this gives It a much more natural feel and travelling it is much more of an organic experience than the others . It cuts through lush meadows full of buddhist cows and by fields of barley reminisce of Russel Crowes Gladiators dreams of home .

It skirts alongside a load of quaint rural towns so there were plenty of opportunities to grab coffees or pints .

It's much less well known so its a lot quieter and uncrowded than the other costal greenways.

Surface is paved in some parts and looser gravel or bohereen in others , we got on fine with Tyre size around 32 - 35c . Irish people have this thing about cycling skinny tyred road bikes everywhere they are not meant to be cycled especially with our roads being terrible ,then they declare the surfaces that they cycled there bum rattling 23c tyres on poor , but that's for another rant.

Poor views ? Our eyes feasted on mountain vistas and across plains of beautiful farmland .Maybe those who complained were too short to see over the hedge .

There are plenty of relics of the GSTs former life as a railway line which are put to good decorative effect .

This greenway has loads of potential and is a bit of an under promoted understated gem .

Get down there and take a spin to clear your head and get back to nature .Well worth checking out .
Written 15 August 2018
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rose b
Newcastle West, Ireland213 contributions
great walk
May 2018
there are miles of beautiful walks in countryside with no traffic well signed and a good surface. Well worth a cycle
too and you can hire bicycles local if you wish.
Written 8 August 2018
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Steve M
Leamington Spa, UK621 contributions
Lovely walk
Jun 2018 • Friends
This is a well maintained, quiet and interesting walk through the countryside. Being an old railway line it is fairly flat, although there is a climb up to the woods on one part. New gates make it easy to keep the cows off the path at milking time. Embankment parts offer long views.
Written 22 July 2018
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Dave G
Newcastle West, Ireland72 contributions
Great facility for natives and visitors.
Jan 2018 • Couples
This is an amenity I visit on a regular basis. The green-way stretches from Rathkeale all the way to the Kerry border just beyond Abbeyfeale. I sometimes walk sections and on other occasions I cycle. I have a great interest in nature, whether it be birds, bees, butterflies, plants or mammels and all of these I encounter along the trail. It also provides a great opportunity to get away from traffic and get in some uninterrupted exercise. The only complaint I have is that dog walkers often fail to keep their charges under control and very rarely clean up after them.
Written 28 January 2018
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Traveler86
Limerick, Ireland539 contributions
Good trail
Oct 2017 • Couples
One of the best trails in Ireland,it took years of volunteers work to get were the trail is today.starting points 1 next to the old diamond factory in Rathkeale 2 near the sports complex in Ardagh 3 near the recycling center in Newcastle west 4 Barna Hill (you cross the road or go down steps for the barns tunnel 5 across from the church in templegaltine 6 out near the pub on the Athea road.
Written 2 October 2017
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