Description of Trail
The South Leinster Way runs south-westwards from the village of Kildavin in County Carlow, through part of County Kilkenny to finish in the town of Carrick-on-Suir in County Tipperary. It is a route that passes through varied terrain, including the heathery flanks of Mount Leinster (796m) and Brandon Hill (515m), a fine riverside stretch on the River Barrow, a large decayed demesne, and coniferous woodlands, but it finishes with a long stretch of 30 km on quiet tarmac roads. The highpoints include fine old country towns such as Borris, Inistoige and Graiguenamanagh that are on the route, and where many walkers will want to linger and overnight accommodation is available. The route is part of the European E8 walking route which links Dublin with Dursey Island off the south west coast: its northern terminus is close to Clonegal, the southern terminus of the Wicklow Way, and the East Munster Way begins in Carrick-on-Suir. The total aggregate ascent over the route is about 1500m, but there are no significant climbs.