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Ballintotis Loops - Castle Loop


Trail Overview Details

Grade: Easy
Format: Circular
Trail Quality: ***
 
County: Cork
Category: Walking/Hiking Trails
Type: Other
Length (Kms): 3.70
Climb (m): 0
Estimated time: 1hr 15min
Start point: Ballintotis Church Car Park
Start point grid ref: W 937 732
End point: Ballintotis Church Car Park
End point grid ref: W 937 732
Nearest town to start: Castlemartyr
Ordnance survey map: OSI Discovery Sheet 81
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Facilities: All services in Castlemartyr
Public transport: Bus service to Castlemartyr 2km from trailhead
Map guide available: N/A

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Description of Trail

This trail follows country roads and laneways from the Church car park and passes Ballintotas National School (built in 1898). It incorporates Ballintotis Castle (once the possession of the Fitzgeralds of Munster) dating from the 16th century and the ruins of a national school dated 1826. Other features to be enjoyed on this trail include open countryside, traditional farmsteads, crops and farm animals as well as abundant wildlife (hare, pheasant, fox, and rabbit are common). Varieties of native plant, bird and insect species abound amid the long-established hedgerows of this looped trail as it returns to the trailhead at the Church car park.

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