Ballycuggeran Loop is a 4.4 mile loop trail located near the city of Killaloe that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding.
This walk ascends along forest paths and offers spectacular views of Lough Derg. The start of this loop walk is located in the townland of Ballycuggaran, the homeland of the O'Cuggarans, an important family at the court of Brian Boru. The walk overlooks Lough Derg, the Annacarriga valley and the hills that stretch from Caherhurley to Ogonnelloe. This Coillte Forest Park is situated on Crag Hill on the lower slopes of the Slieve Bernagh Mountains overlooking Lough Derg. On the southern side of Crag is a fort, dating to the early Christian period which was the original home of the O'Briens and the reputed birthplace of St. Flannan. Aoibheal's Rock, the legendary abode of Aoibheal, fairy queen of the O'Briens, is at the highest point of Ballycuggaran. The great oak woods that originally clothed these hills were cut down to fire the iron furnaces of east Clare as well as for shipbuilding. The loop walk is part of the network of Shannon Region Loop Walks and is marked using the standard red Shannon Region Trails directional arrows. The trail is marked in both directions.