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Ballycroum Loop

A magical walk in the heart of East Clare, passing by megalithic tombs, ancient tumbledown houses and mossy hazel groves

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 4.66 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview :  The parish of Feakle in Co. Clare is a translation of the Irish Paroiste na Fiacaile which means parish of the tooth! There is a... more »

Tips:  Directions to Trailhead
Start from the village of Feakle on the R468 between Scarriff and Tulla. Exiting the lower end of the village ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Ballycroum Trailhead

The trailhead is approximately 4km from the village of Feakle. Starting from the car park follow the purple National Loop arrow across the stile and into forestry. You are also on the East Clare Way – a long distance walking route marked with yellow arrows and the familiar trekking man logo. Follow the forestry road for almost 1km to reach a... More

2. Turn Left from Forestry Path

The loop emerges from the forestry shortly afterwards and follows a well-worn track across open ground. Watch out for the wedge tombs on your right.

3. Open Moor

Here the walk opens up into an open moor, with great views over the surrounding mountains.

4. Altoir Ultach

Altoir Ultach is a tomb used as a Mass Rock in penal times. It is said to be named from an Ulster priest, Fr. Ultach, who served the mass there in the eighteenth century because the nearest magistrates were more tolerant than those of the north.

Continue to follow the track as it takes a wide sweep left - but then crosses a stile perched high on ... More

5. Maghera River Valley

Hop over a stile, out of the bog and down into the deep-green valley of the Maghera River. Follow a beautiful green lane as it takes you past reminders of times past - ruins of farmhouses and outhouses that were typical of homes in this rural area. Eventually, the laneway zig-zags it’s way to a conclusion at a gateway onto a tarred road. Exit via ... More

6. Maghera River Crossing

After only 200m the loop leaves the tarred road - crossing a stile on the right and entering a field. Follow the field boundary, pass through a gap, and cross the Maghera River via a footbridge. Shortly after crossing the river you join another old laneway where you turn left into the townland of Clonnagro. Again, enjoy the trip down memory lane... More

7. Cross Footbridge

You are now following a straight section - continuing straight at a 3-way junction - and eventually reach another footbridge which, in previous times, was a ford crossing. After crossing the footbridge you join a narrow laneway which ends at a T-junction with a tarred road. Turn left at the junction and enjoy the 300m back to the trailhead.