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Keeper Hill Hike is a 10.2 mile out and back trail located near Killoscully, County Tipperary, Ireland that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 10.2 mi Elevation gain 2,654 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Walking Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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Keeper Hill is the highest peak in the Shannon Region and offers majestic views of the surrounding countryside. It is situated in the Slieve Felim mountain range in North Tipperary and is just 15km east of Limerick City. The Gaelic name for the hill means "the mountain of guarding". Keeper Hill is the highest mountain in the Shannon area and the 117th highest in Ireland. The 'hill' is wrapped in a forestry area of 3,300 hectares. The 300 hectare summit is designated as a National Heritage Area, considered important for the habitats present or species of plants and animals whose habitat needs protection. This loop overlaps with a short section of the Slieve Felim Way - a 44km way-marked route which travels from Murroe in County Limerick to Silvermines in County Tipperary. En-route it passes through the small but pleasant village of Toor and onward across the shoulder of Keeper Hill. While the loop (marked with purple arrows) explores the lower shoulders of Keeper Hill, the 'hardy' walker will enjoy incorporating the 'trek' to the summit (the red arrows).

Bring sturdy walking boots, waterproofs, rucksack, fluid, and snacks.

From the M7 Limerick-Dublin motorway, take Exit 28 and follow the R503 to Newport. At the cross in the centre of Newport village turn left, and continue to follow the Trailhead signs for 8km to reach the trailhead at Doonane.

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Colum McGrath
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I’ve not been hiking for very long and personally I found this tough. I loved it though and felt a sense of achievement on reaching the top. The day was fantastic and the views across Tipperary, Limerick and Clare are spectacular from there. Well worth the effort even though I have sore legs today

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Tony McElligott
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Fantastic

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Tereda O'Donnell
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Debobroto Sensharma
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Steph Anie
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Nice hike and views. Easy to follow directions. It took us 5.30hours from Doonane car park start to finish with a lot of breaks. We also enjoyed those wild blackberries on our way back - probably spent 30 min in there!

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Jason Cooke
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Wayne Cowie
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Easy walk, a bit stony in places, but the view from the top is worth it.

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Bex Wren
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Bex Wren
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Glorious views on a clear day. Nice pull all the way. Love this hike

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Daniel Dee
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Must wear hiking shoes. Uncomfortable on the way back. Very rocky. Nice view at the top only.

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Lynn O'Doherty
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A great hike. Some lovely views on the way to the summit.

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Michael Slattery
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Beautiful view and lovely walk nice and fresh please take rubbish home with u

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Jimmy Ryan
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lovely walk

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Jimmy Ryan
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scenery spectacular lovely walk in November.. no muck .

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Denis Bartley
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Knockanuarha, a.k.a. 12 O'clock Hills, has two trails to choose from with gravel roads interlinking and circling the highest hill of 309 metres. The trails are gravelled with sections going through wooded land, so expect it to be muddy and slouchy. It is worth it for the amazing views at the top which Shannon Estuary can be observed as well as Ennis town in the distance.

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Ann Mullins
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nice walk

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Maureen Long
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The view from the top is beautiful. Be prepared for heavy winds at the top and quite a drop in temperature. Footing is not difficult. Most disappointing thing about this hike was the amount of garbage at the top and along the route. We filled a plastic shopping bag full. Hikers if you were able to hike up with your food please hike down with your garbage . Even biodegradable matter should be taken down with you. We all need to do our bit to keep the trails beautiful. It’s a small ask.

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Ian Stephenson
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Beautiful moderate hike with lots of forest and views ... rocky trail for last 1km to summit but fine.

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Jon Moyle
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Great trail, would recommend plenty of sun screen, can get very windy towards the top!

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Jessica Liddy
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loved this trail beautiful views

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Alison McCarthy
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Great day out. The path is quite stony on the red trail at least so make sure you have the proper shoes. Gorgeous views and lovely forest trail. It's a potty they are felling some of the trees there right now though.

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Colm Toomey
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Great hike and some fantastic views on the way to the top

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Pat J Gleeson
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Great walking trail

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Bex Wren
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Great views..

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Dorota Grabowska
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The wonderful place the views even better, today the snow was in the belt just Super

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Orla Ni Phleamoin
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Walking

Beautiful views at the top on a clear day.

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Eoghan S
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Panoramic views from the top, with waterfalls & occasional deer to view on the way up. Straightforward to cut it to a less intense approx 9km circular loop by cutting out the final trek to the top if the gradient gets too steep (just continue past the left turn that brings you towards the summit and you'll loop back to your starting point).

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Kevin McGill Sr.
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Nice walk up, great views at the top. The signage could be much better getting there. Very hard to find without gps. Can imagine how pretty it would be if it had just rained because there are several water falls along the trek.

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Kevin van Schelt
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Lovely route, would recommend starting early as there is limited shade near the top.

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