Graves of the Leinstermen Loop is a 3.5 mile loop trail located near Portroe, County Tipperary, Ireland that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips.

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This Loop Walk follows minor roads and laneways to ascend Tountinna (459m) where breathtaking views of Lough Derg await This is a 6km walking loop starting at the Graves of Leinstermen and moving on minor roads through pleasant countryside. It then leaves the road turning into the Arra Mountains. The loop continues up to the summit, Tountinna, where the views of Lough Derg and the surrounding countryside are truly spectacular. Then the loop descends steeply back to the trailhead. The long distance linear walk known as the Lough Derg Way takes in part of this Loop. According to tradition, it is here that the men of Leinster and their King met their deaths at the hands of High King Brian Boru's soldiers, around 1000AD. It appears that while High King Brian Boru was away at war, his wife Gormlaith was left in control of his affairs. A beautiful and cunning queen of Viking heritage, she discovered that the Leinster King was on his way to Kincora (near Killaloe - the residence of Brian Boru) to claim the hand of Brian's daughter in marriage. She was not in favour of the alliance and decided to ambush the party they passed over Tountinna. The battle resulted in the death of the Leinster King, who requested that he be buried within sight of his Leinster Kingdom. According to the legend, his followers then buried him under the ancient standing stones at this spot.

Directions to Trailhead: From the roundabout in the centre of Ballina village, follow the R494 in the direction of Portroe. After approximately 4.5Km there is a right turn sinposted for the Graves of the Leinstermen/Millenium Cross. Follow this narrow road uphill for approximately 2.5km to the Trailhead, bearing left at both Y-junctions en route. The mapboard marking the Trailhead will be on your right. The Graves of the Leinstermen is also well signposted from the village of Portroe. Difficulty: Moderate Time: 2 hours To Suit: Medium level of fitness Terrain: Minor roads, mountain trek Minimum Gear: Sturdy walking boots, waterproofs. Rucksack, fluid, snacks and mobile phone. Services: Portroe (6km), Ballina-Killaloe (7.5km)

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dave mcmahon
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Perfect looped walk, fantastic views, moderately difficult

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Alan Kavanagh
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Of all the local Clare Tipp hills this got the best views..

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Aimee McCormack
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Lovely trail. Great views.

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Brian Leahy
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Lovely walk, one of our favourites

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Eoin Garrigan
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Rose Dooner
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Paul O’B
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fionnuala holohan
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Lovely varied walk, and 360 degree views of land and lakes at top.

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Jack Cronin
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Tereda O'Donnell
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Nikki Miotto
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Aisling Finn
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Valerie Young
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I wouldn’t be super fit bit there is a fair pull up the hill going up but it’s on road so easy enough and when you’re descending it’s quite steep and rocky so definitely need good boots on. We loved this hike the views are amazing and the panorama is extensive. There were guys hangliding off the top. Would recommend and will do again

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Andrey Tairov
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Very nice trail, challenging enough for our age and fitness levels. Views to surrounding countryside and Lough Derg are gorgeous- so pack your camera.

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Vincent McGarvey
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Indre Indriux
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was lovely walk, cld freezing weather but we enjoyed every step we took. just enough clear markings of the walk loop.

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Vanessa Monahan
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Charly Azzo
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Nice little walk around the lake. This is perfect for a Sunday short walk in the zone. A bit too much road for me, and almost too easy. No much difference between the view from the car park and the vie from the"top".

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Eoghan S
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Incredible views of Lough Derg from the top. Steep hike up Tountinna but with the option of steps now in the places where previously it would have been most difficult.

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Bernard Sheary
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cold but fun

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Justyna M
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Maki Tsuji
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Andrea Ní Ghriallais
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Andrea Ní Ghriallais
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