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Coole Abbey Loop is a 9.5 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Rathcormac, County Cork, Ireland that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and is best used from March until November.

Distance: 9.5 km Elevation Gain: 260 m Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


partially paved


no shade

historic site

From the Community Centre, walk toward Fermoy and then, at the Franciscan Abbey crossroads, turn left toward Kill-St-Anne Cemetery. Take the first turn right and, if you wish, visit the old cemetery, which you will be passing. Proceed along this road and turn right at the first crossroads. Keep straight ahead through the next crossroads and follow the pleasant meandering road toward Coole. Turn right at Coole and proceed along this road straight through the first crossroads - Edgar's Cross - and turning right at the next crossroads (half a mile along this road). Walk along this road for approximately 2 miles, noting the very rich farmland which bounds this road on both sides. At the school in Castlelyons village, on the junction known as Stable Cross, turn right and proceed back up the village. On your left, you will see the ruins of the old Barrymore Castle. Proceed along the road until you arrive back at the Community Centre and your starting point.

15 days ago

really cool castle . but the walk is along country roads

9 months ago