Ballycuggeran Loop is a 7.1 kilometer loop trail located near Ennis, County Clare, Ireland that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching.

Distance: 7.1 km Elevation Gain: 294 m Route Type: Loop

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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.

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29 days ago

Really nice trail took a little detour to get to the top of the mountain bot advisable as was very wet but a breathtaking view from the top.

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1 month ago

Nice not to hard trail... We've made it. And our 3.5 years old son did and enjoyed as much as we did. I would recommend for everyone...

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4 months ago

We hill ran this trail it was beautiful It’s very Tough 4km up we followed the red markers not yellow and lovely 4km down hill the views when climbing are spectacular up too even more spectacular. Lovely loop we soaked our legs in the lake then afterwards.

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6 months ago

Beautiful trail!

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6 months ago

Depending upon direction of travel this can be a climb in places but worth it for the sublime views. Ever changing countryside and forestry, very enjoyable. Excellent parking and toilets.

Thu Sep 06 2018

Magic trail...

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Mon Aug 20 2018

Easy to find, good parking & kid friendly. Plenty of off-trail options also. Great views of the lake.

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Sun Aug 19 2018

Easy to find, good parking & kid friendly. Plenty of off-trail options also. Great views of the lake.

Thu Jul 20 2017

great spot...great views and nice challenging walk and ideal for kids...took about 2 hours with kids

Wed Nov 16 2016

Fantastic views of Lough Derghill

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