Limerick Greenway

Limerick greenway

Greenway at a glance

Waymarking – Green Arrows

Distance

40 km

Difficulty

Easy - Moderate

Ascent

22m

Terrain

Greenway Custom designed trail

Duration

Allow 8 - 14 hrs cycling

Minimum Gear

A good bike

Services

Limerick and numerous villages

Limerick greenway

The Limerick Greenway Trail is a 40km trail along the Limerick countryside in Ireland. The route is specifically for the people to explore by walking, running, and cycling. The route connects the three lovely towns of Rathkeale, Newcastlewest, and Abbeyfeale in west Limerick of Ireland. The Limerick Greenway is all about the natural and cultural heritage of the countryside and villages along the path. The top-picks breathtaking spots to visit are Norman castles, abbeys, medieval ruins, workhouses, famine graveyards, deserted railway stations, and eye-captivating sceneries.

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About Limerick Greenway (Limerick-Tralee railway line Track)

The Limerick Greenway was constructed on the way from Limerick to the Tralee railway line. It is 85km long strech. It was operated for about one hundred years. It opened in the late 1880s and closed in the 1970s. The strings of the route in county limerick (to Foynes) and in County Kerry (to Fenit) are part of the North Kerry line. The Limerick Greenway follows the original route of Great Southern from the old Limerick and Kerry railway line to link and access the West Limerick landscape with a generous number of towns and villages including some of the country’s most historic places. All the sections are breath-taking gorgeous and worth exploring. The experience of exploring the Limerick Greenway in one visit and shorter time periods sounds perfect for one-day trippers. Wherever corner you decide to start exploring, You will experience a warm welcome from the local people there. You will have the best accommodations and the yummiest food here. Great Southern Trail Action Group is a public non-profit organization. It works to construct the chunk of the route from Limerick to Tralee. It will allow the public to explore this gorgeous area safely either by foot or by cycling. It is suitable for hiking and off-road walking or cycling. Pet dogs are allowed to the trial by the authorities. Contact the county for more information or visit the Limerick Greenway advertising sites.

Limerick Greenway Map​

There are many spots to explore and see on the Limerick Greenway. To make sure you see all the highlights of the trail and route, also are sure to travel with the map of Limerick Greenway. Having a map will allow you to see all the highlights of the lush enchanting greenway.

THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Limerick Greenway sections

The full route of the Limerick Greenway has been designed with mobility in mind and is safe and suitable for everyone walking and cycling. You can start the entire route at Rathkeale or Abbeyfeale at the Limerick-Kerry border, and reach any of the entry points at key stops along the Greenway.

 

  • Stage 1: Limerick Greenway Rathkeale to Ardagh (10km)
  • Stage 2: Ardagh to Newcastle West (4km)
  • Stage 3: Newcastle West to Barnagh (10km)
  • Stage 4: Barnagh to Templeglantine (4km)
  • Stage 5: Templeglantine to Abbeyfeale(9km)
  • Stage 6: Abbeyfeale to the Kerry border (3km)

How Long will it take me to Cycle?

Limerick Greenway is a 42km long path. An average cyclist can cover the complete trail distance in almost 6 hours by constant traveling. But the Greenway has so much to visit and explore. We suggest you enjoy the trip by exploring each section one by one. All the sections have great attractions to please you.

West Limerick Local Attractions

  • Castle Demesne Park
  • Desmond Castle and Banqueting Hall
  • Abbeyfeale Town Park
  • Fitzgeralds Farmhouse and Equestrian Centre
  • Irish Palatine Experience at the Irish Palatine Centre
  • Newcastle West Golf Club
  • Newcastle West Playground
  • Mary Leonards Riding School
  • River Feale (Salmon and Brown Trout Fishing)

Limerick Greenway Route

There are five different sections on the Limerick Greenway. All sections are marked with the Greenway symbol and a white directional scroll arrow and are suitable for average healthy people. The trail is flat and it is convenient to cycle for everyone. It is perfect for people to walk, cycle and hiking.

Stage One. Rathkeale to Ardagh (10km)

The Rathkeale is the first and the most vital town on the Limerick Greenway. The Greenway begins from the old Rathkeale station. It passes by an old rail station building. The trail passes between the N21 and the Rathkeale Industrial Estate for a short while before crossing over the River Deel. It has lots of heritage and hospitality for visitors including the churchyard at Clounagh, the ruins of the 15th century Lisnacille Castle, and Cahermoyle House that has associations with William Smith O’Brien, leader of the 1848 Young Ireland Rebellion. The tourist stops here to explore the local culture and enjoy fishing on the River Deel. It offers the 12th-century decay of Augustinian Abbey. The Irish Palatine Heritage Centre will let you know about ancient history in old Rathkeale Station. The people of the town are welcoming for tourists and provide with best-accommodating services in most of the hotels, shops, bars, and restaurants. After crossing the bridge, Glebe Castle to the left, and the Holy Trinity Church.  There comes five overhead stone bridges in your path towards the Ardagh. The old Ardagh station is the last and the fifth bridge past. The bridge steps follow you towards the road. The scene from the bridge is heavenly gorgeous. These bridges are gorgeous cutwork of locally sourced stones. In Ardagh, the most exploring spot is the old station house. It is situated near to iconic Ardagh Chalice found in 1868. The tourist is accommodated with the secure parking facilities in Rathkeale and Ardagh towns.

Stage Two. Ardagh to Newcastle West (4km)

The ride of Ardagh to Newcastle West is the most pleasing experience. You will cross by the alluring River Daar to approach Newcastle West. The 2nd largest town of Limerick is Newcastle West. It is one of the most beautiful countryside of Limerick. This path of the Limerick Greenway has surrounded by lush grasslands. The town attracts visitors with its rich cultural places and historical buildings also including the boutique shops. The Desmond Castle apprises the local history of the town. The castle Demesne Park offers excellent facilities to visitors. The visitors can relax and enjoy their quality time in cosy pubs and restaurants here. The parking services are available in the town to secure your transport and let you enjoy the trip.

Stage Three. Newcastle West to Barnagh (10km)

The Stage Three journey from Newcastle West to Barnagh is full of great views of former Limerick County and beautiful countryside for walking and cycling. The route takes you toward the peak of ancient Limerick to the Tralee line. The path is full of Limerick history. The two major Victorian Era marvels will come your way. These are the cast iron Fergusons Viaduct and the 115-meter long Barnagh Tunnel that helped to expand the old rail trail of the train towards the Kerry in past. Palatine Museum walk is access able for everyone. Across the road from Palatine Museum, there is a play area especially for kids to enjoy the trip and take some rest. Barnagh is the perfect spot to stay for a while and enjoy the beauty of nature at 164 meters above sea level. The key viewpoints of Barnagh are Clare, Cork, and Kerry. Parking facilities are available for cyclists in Barnagh for tourist convenience.

Stage Four. Barnagh to Templeglantine (4km)

The journey from Barnagh to Templeglantine is 4km and features two stone bridges. Templeglantine is a small village located a few meters from the Greenway. There is a local road to access the area from the Greenway. The local restaurants and shops in the village have equipped with the latest facilities. The walkers are cyclists who stay at this point to take nap or to tour the local attractions of the village. The local name of Templeglantine is Glantine. The village has a well of conventional Irish music. The tourist is accommodated with the secure parking facilities in the village.

Stage Five. Templeglantine to Abbeyfeale(9km)

Templeglantine to Abbeyfeale is a 9km trail, passing through the Tullig Wood and the Allaghaun River. The trail of Tullig wood is the most beautiful countryside of the Limerick Greenway for walking. Tullig wood is a natural forest with bulk rows of domestic trees and plants. There is also fauna of different animals and birds including owls, elms, badgers, and butterflies. After the Tullig wood natural forest, you pass through the old railway station of Devon Road before reaching Abbeyfeale. In this way, you get close to the Kerry border and move further into the rugged landscape of the Sliabh Luachra region.

Stage Six. Abbeyfeale to the Kerry border (3km)

Abbeyfeale is the largest and final town of Limerick greenway. The town has a number of heritage spots. There are also a lot of amazing shopping spots, pubs, restaurants, and hotels for a staycation.  It had a rich culture of traditional Irish music, dance, and songs. The last spot Kerry before the end mark of Limerick greenway also comes on this track. The fully accessible route of 10m connects Rathkeale, Newcastle West, and Abbeyfeale along with the former Limerick to Kerry line. An important note for the route is, Remedial works are still being carried out on the short section between Abbeyfeale and Kilmorna. You will see the trash of Post Castle when you continue the journey beyond the town. Before you reach the Kerry border, the River Feale will also pass along your way. There are multiple adventures waiting for you in Kerry. Parking facilities are available at Abbeyfeale.

Limerick Greenway Highlights

Rathkeal Station

Rathkeale is a compulsory cease on the old railway line of Limerick to Tralee. It is a flourishing market town. The train station opened in 1867. The track was moved stone by stone to expand the road network in the late 20th century without damaging the Limerick heritage.

Ardagh Station

The Ardagh is a heritage railway station first operated in 1867, a year before the discovery of Ardagh Chalice. Chalice has been displayed in National Museum in Dublin as ancient Christian art. The duplicate is displayed in the Hunt Museum of Limerick.

Ferguson's Viaduct

Ferguson’s Viaduct is a cast-iron bridge for the railway line built in the 19th century. It is an ideal model of ancient Victorian architecture as it’s still there even after a whole century. It is one of the foremost heritage in the architecture of Ireland from the 19th century.

Barnagh Viewing Point

The Barnagh Viewing Point is the highest point of the greenway. It opens the spectacular views of fertile pastures of the Golden Vale, towns like Newcastle West, Abbeyfeale, Adare, Askeaton, and neighboring counties Clare and Cork. It has a picnic area to chill and relax after long hiking to the top.

Tullig Wood

Tullig wood is a natural forest with bulk rows of domestic trees, plants, and fauna with oak and elm. The forest has wildlife species like owls, badgers, butterflies, and birds. The eye-catching natural Tullig wood attracts tourists more than vibrant markets and buildings. This beautiful plain is a dominant spot in Limerick Greenway hiking.

Port Castle

Post Castle is the heritage of Limerick. It was built on the banks of Feale. It helped to forbid the approach of the enemy towards the Abbeyfeale. The original name was ‘Caisleán Phort Trí Namhad’, Irish for ‘Port Castle of The Three Enemies’, built by the Earls of Desmond in the 1400s.

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Ireland

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Limerick City and County Council

The Limerick City and County Council is the responsible authority for local government in the City of Limerick and County Limerick in Ireland. It became operational on June 1, just after the elections of 2014. It is a common venture between Limerick County Council and Limerick City Council. According to the 2014 Act, it comes under the supervision of the Local Government.

frequently asked questions

FAQ's

How can I hire a bike to track Limerick greenway?

There is a number of bike rentals services along the Greenway. Visit the greenway bike hire for this purpose.

Can a person do trail if he did not even cycle a bike for years?

Yes! It is mostly a flat trail and convenient to cycle for everyone having rational fitness.

Can I go to the trail with the kids?

Yes! Sure, the kids can pass the Trail on their own bikes, in a child-seat, or on an adult/ child tandem that most bike rental outfits provide.

Should I use an electric bike?

Electric bikes are 30% extra powerful so will certainly make the journey faster and more comfortable. Contact Limerick County for more information.

useful amenities

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Water Stations

visitors to some of the most popular sections of the Greenway will be able to refill their water bottles at a number of specially designed water bottle refill stations. These are ideally suited to cyclists who have greater difficulty in accessing suitable drinking water points on their journey.

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Playgrounds near the greenway

 the Greenway is a wonderful facility and its important to keep children’s interest with activity and fun along the way. So grab a ball, go exploring and have some fun!

A playground is a really important aspect of a local network, and we’re very lucky to have some great playgrounds nearby on the Limerick Greenway