Ballycroum Loop [CLOSED] is a 4.7 mile loop trail located near Flagmount, Clare, Ireland. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and walking.
A magical walk in the heart of East Clare, passing by megalithic tombs, ancient tumbledown houses and mossy hazel groves 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 legend that the tooth of the patron saint (Mochonna) fell out at the spot - on which he afterwards erected his church! The village of Feakle was the birthplace of Biddy Early (1798-1874), a famous herbalist who specialised in folk cures. Brian Merriman author of The Midnight Court was also a native. Ballycroum is a townland of the parish and is noted for a holy well called Tobar Ghrainne (Grania's Well) placed in the middle of a bog, with a large flag over it. This loop passes the well to which large numbers of people still flock for the cure of diseases and, in particular, sore eyes! The loop also incorporates a number of wedge tombs - supposed to be giant's graves, and used for mass during the prevalence of the cruel penal laws. For example, Altoir Ultach was said to be named from an Ulster priest who served the mass there in the 18th century
This walk cannot be completed in full anymore. There is a sign at the trailhead saying that the loop is 'closed' and, indeed, about halfway through a farmer has blocked the section of trail that runs through their land. (Oct. 2016)