The Clare Glens is a wooded area along the banks of the Clare River, which separates counties Limerick and Tipperary. The scenery is breathtaking, with wild dense forest combined with the calm rushing of the crystal clear waters.
Crystal clear waters of Clare river flow through dense forest in a red sandstone gorge to create a truly beautiful setting. The numerous waterfalls which flow through the sandstone also help to make this loop walk incredibly picturesque.
The river flowing through the area surrounding this trail marks the border between Tipperary and Limerick so as you cross over bridges, you’re also crossing county lines.
Note that there are two route options on this loop. You’ll meet a wooden footbridge along the trail where the 2 km Nature Loop turns rights and brings you back to the trailhead. The 4 km Glen Loop proceeds straight ahead. Whichever one you choose, you’re in for a treat on this family-friendly mini-adventure!
Distance: 2 km & 4 km options
Time: 30 min to 1 hour (2 km) or 1 - 1.5 hours (4 km)
Trailhead: Clare Glens, Murroe, Co. Limerick
Trail type: Forest paths
Trail Guide: Download the Clare Glens Loop Walk Map here
Easy Grade Definition: Will include either Class 1 or Class 2 trails and flat sections of Class 3 and Class 4 trails. Routes can include some obstacles such as stiles, gates, steps etc. but these must be minimal. Should only have gentle slopes with no continuous climbing on the route.
Easy Trails are Suitable For: Family groups including children and the elderly. May be suitable for parents with buggies (should be denoted at trail head) or very small children. Normal outdoor footwear can be worn.
Directions to Trailhead:
Start from the village of Murroe (Moroe) on the R506 between Limerick City and Cappamore. Follow the signs for Clare Glens which take you north out of the village.
Follow this road for approximately 5km to reach the trailhead at a car parking area on your left. Both loops start and finish here.
Murroe, Co. Limerick