Start from the village of Kilmaganny on the R701 between Knocktopher and Carrick-on-Suir.
Follow the R697 in the direction of Carrick-on-Suir for approximately 5km and then take a left
turn in the direction of Tullahought Village. Follow this road for 1km and at the crossroads take
a right turn and the trail head is 500 metres on the right hand side.
Kilmacoliver Loop Walk
Trailhead – Tullahought, Co. Kilkenny
Services – Kilmaganny (10km)
Dist/Time – 6km / 2hrs
High/Ascent120m / 110m
Difficulty – Moderate
Terrain – Laneways, fields and woodland trails
To Suit – Above average levels of fitness
Minimum Gear – Walking boots, rain gear, fluids and mobile phone
Starting from the car park at the Watering Place follow the tarred road for 400m, past a road on your right, to a laneway on your left. Turn left here.
Following the laneway (which gives way to a sandy lane) you ascend gently for almost 2km to reach a metal gate entrance to an old homestead at Bregaun. Fine views of the Kilkenny countryside begin to open up on your left – and on your right the outline of the trig pillar atop Kilmacoliver Hill becomes visible. Enter the old farm via the metal stile.
Follow the laneway past the old house and farmyard (please do not enter), and shortly afterwards be alert as the loop leaves the laneway to your right and follows a dry ditch on the ascent to the summit of Kilmacoliver Hill.
Take time on the summit to enjoy the views over counties Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford, Carlow and Wexford. The substantial hill in front of you is Carrigadoon Hill. Descend downhill following the fence on the border of the field and enter privately developed woodland of broadleaf trees including oak, beech, birch, larch, ash and cherry. The trip through the young woodlands is a pleasant one which ends at a metal gate as you rejoin the laneway on which you traveled outward.
Turning left, you reach a T-junction where you take a right for the final 400m to the trailhead.