The Ballhoura area is already famous for its summertime walking festival, but the Seefin climb on part of the Ballyhoura Way is an equally beautiful walk, which won’t take all of three days. A long-distance trek, the 90km walk along the Ballyhoura Way follows the historic route of the O’Sullivan-Bere clan as they fled north from Cork in 1602.
Part of the circuit includes Seefin Mountain, and takes in spectacular views across all six counties in the province of Munster. Taking you up mountainsides, along forestry tracks and criss-crossing roads, the landscape is peppered with fascinating archaeological sites, old abbeys, churches and castles.
Explore the Blackrock Loop which is an 11km walk through a mix of minor roads, paths and forest tracks.
Directions to Trailhead
From Glenosheen, County Limerick, make your way to Greenwood Forest to commence your walk around the Black Rock Loop.
Set off on the Goat’s Path towards a quiet lane heading southeast along the valley, with Seefin Mountain rising to the right.
Swinging around northwest, cross the road and use the stile to access the mountain for your climb to the summit.
Check out Castle Philip, an outlaw’s hideaway, before you reach the 528m high peak of Seefin.
Follow the mountain track downhill to a parking area and out onto an old road. Take a left onto the forestry track and you will gently descend through Greenwood Forest. Watch out for the interpretive boards along the way, so you can identify the flora and fauna of the area.
When you return to the finish point, why not explore the local area.