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Kilmacoliver Walk, Ireland

A beautiful 6km walking trail incorporating hill-top views and a megalithic tomb.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 3.7 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview:  The Kilmacoliver loop is one of the most scenic walks in County Kilkenny. It starts in the village of Tullahought, where walkers can ... more »

Tips:  Trail length: 6km
Duration: 1.5 Hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Footwear: With Ankle Support - Hiking boots, Wellingtons.
Terrain: Minor... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Village of Tullahought

The village name derives from the word for ‘broad straight,’ referring to the mile-long road that runs through the village; known as the Long Pavement, which was paved in famine times and was used by the Bianconi coaches travelling from Carrick-on-Suir to Kilkenny.

2. Viewing tower

Just off the main trail is the Tullahought viewing tower, which was recently constructed on an elevated site overlooking Tullahought village and shows a panoramic view of the landscape with information plaques containing a short history of the area and its geology.

3. Wildlife pond in Tullahought village

The village of Tullahought developed a beautiful wildlife pond with a detailed map board explaining all the wildlife in the area.

4. Megalithic Tomb

At the summit you will discover a circular enclosure of standing stones believed to be a megalithic tomb dating back 5,000 years and commonly known as the Burial Ground. There are similar stones at the summit of Sliabh na mBan across the valley and within the valley ‘The Caiseal’ – Knockroe passage tomb; some 5,000 years old is aligned to the... More

5. View from summit of Kilmacoliver

The views from the summit are truly spectacular – on a fine day you can see the counties of Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and
Carlow. The Lingaun Valley is also visible, with its disused slate quarries and Sliabh na mBan arising from the pastureland with the Galtee Mountains to its right. A lower hillock to the left of Sliabh na mBan is ... More

6. Woodland

The walk enters a recently developed private woodland of broadleaf trees including oak, beech, birch, larch and cherry and continues up to a metal gate where you rejoin the laneway on which you travelled outward.