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South Leinster Way

Trail Overview Details

Grade: Moderate
Format: Linear
Trail Quality: ***
County: Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary
Category: Walking/Hiking Trails
Type: National Waymarked Trail
Length (Kms): 104.00
Climb (m): 1490
Estimated time: 5 days
Start point: Kildavin
Start point grid ref: S 890 599
End point: Carrick-on-Suir
End point grid ref: S 403 219
Nearest town to start: Bunclody
Ordnance survey map: OSI Discovery Series Sheets 68, 75 and 76
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Facilities: Parking
At Start - on street in Kildavin
At End - on street in Carrick-on-Suir
Public transport: At Start: Request stop on express bus service Check with Bus Eireann.
At End: Express bus service daily and local bus service Monday to Saturday Check with Bus Eireann.
or Rail: Check with Iarnrod Eireann.
Map guide available: The South Leinster Way Map Guide – published by EastWest Mapping


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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.

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58 kms or 56% of the Way follows local roads.
There may be issues with waymarking and insufficient vegetation cut-back at some points along the trail.
***Dogs under effective control allowed***

Trail management organisation contact details

Kilkenny Tourist Office, Rose Inn Street, Kilkenny. Tel: 056-7751500 Email: kdowling@southeasttourism.ie
Web: www.southeasttourism.ie/ also Carlow Tourist Office, College St, Carlow Tel: +353(0)59 9121554

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