West Limerick Drive

  • Adare Village Cottages, Co Limerick

There is so much to discover in West Limerick; hills, valleys, rivers and lakes, forests, hiking trails, canoeing, mountain biking, historic monuments and so much more, all set within forty shades of green meadows and pasture.

From Limerick take the M/N20 to 'Ireland’s Prettiest Village', Adare, stopping en route for a breath of fresh air and a walk by the beautiful River Maigue in Croom.

Adare is an old world village of quaint thatched cottages, medieval buildings and rich heritage and is truly a gem in Limerick’s crown. Antiques shops, boutiques, a Heritage Centre, cozy country pubs and other retailers jostle for space with a half dozen or so restaurants, while the ruins that surround the village add their own counterpoint of timeworn and venerable character.

Continue along the N21 to Rathkeale, 11km west of Adare. In the 18th century, Sir Thomas Southwell introduced the Palatines to the area, a group of German-speaking Protestant refugees who settled here. Today, the Irish Palatine Heritage Centre, highlighting the heritage of this group of people can be found here.

Get off the beaten track and explore the Limerick Greenway - perfect for day-trippers to explore in one visit or in shorter stages. Carving a 40km path through the local countryside, the Limerick Greenway offers an authentic experience of rural Ireland for cyclists, runners and walkers along an old railway line that connects the three market towns of Rathkeale, Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale in West Limerick.

A number of bike hire and shuttle bus providers offer a ranges of bikes for your cycling needs if you'd rather enjoy the Greenway on two wheels.

After Rathkeale, continue through the village of Ardagh, where the world famous Ardagh Chalice, dating from the 8th century was found.

Carry on to the attractive village of Athea. Hidden away in Athea village, behind the Memorial Hall is a quirky and unique Fairy Trail, home to ten fairies who each have their own fairy door. There is also a worry-tree called ‘Croga’ which promises to take away any worries you might have if you place your hand on the plaque attached to it!

From here, continue to Newcastle West, the largest town in Limerick County. The historic market town is a hidden gem with it's beautifully restored Castle and the delightful parkland of the Demesne.

Continue through Mountcollins, Ashford and Broadford villages at the foothills of the Mullaghareik Mountains. Take note of the simple yet poignant memorial to the Great Irish Famine in the Church grounds at Broadford and the village library, which is one of the Carnegie libraries built by the American Carnegie Foundation in the early 1900’s.

Broadford Ashford Walking Trails have something to offer the amateur and the advanced walker including some challenging climbs, a variety of terrain, and beautiful views of West Limerick, with points of interests along each route.

Enjoy the majestic landscape of rolling hills & open farmland along these eight routes of varying distance and difficulty.

Limerick on Foot - Broadford-Ashford Walking Trails from Limerick.ie on Vimeo.

Finish up your scenic West Limerick Drive in Ballingarry, where the ruins of the DeLacy Castle, originally built by the Knights Templar and Knockfierna (the Hill of Truth) can be seen.

Steeped in local history and folklore, Knockfierna, or Cnoc Dhoinn Firinne, can be accessed by a number of tracks and pathways which start in Ballingarry.  From the top of the mountain you can see all of County Limerick and the Shannon Estuary.

Limerick on Foot - Knockfierna Walk from Limerick.ie on Vimeo.

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Treaty Stone Limerick. Photo Piotr Machowczyk