King's Island Slí na Sláinte Route

  • King John's Castle with swans

King's Island Slí na Sláinte is a 3.3 km route which starts at King John's Castle in the heart of medieval Limerick.

The walk passes by the faithfully restored Bishop’s Palace St. Munchin’s Church and Villier’s Almshouses. Walking towards King’s Island Community Centre & Café, stunning views of Thomond Bridge and the River Shannon mark the start of the traffic-free King’s Island Walkway.

The riverside trail passes the ESB salmon weir and continues through a large wetlands Special Area of Conservation. A buried Cromwellian Fort points to the rich history of King’s Island. An old Military Cemetery can be seen to one side at 2Km mark with the Abbey River to the other. At O’Dwyer Bridge, Athlunkard Boat Club sits beside the river.

The trail turns onto Athlunkard St and passes St Mary’s RC Church. Turn right to walk alongside the old Walls of Limerick on the Island Road and return to the starting point at the historic Castle.

Distance: 3.3 km

Start/End: King John's Castle

Difficulty: Easy

Download the King's Island Slí na Sláinte Walking Route map and details here.

Slí na Sláinte

Marked by bright colourful signposts which are not numbered and are situated at 1 km intervals, you'll find Slí na Sláinte walking routes all over Ireland.

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King's Island, Limerick City

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