Great Southern Greenway Limerick - About

The Great Southern Greenway Limerick is a 39 km off-road walking and cycling route along an old railway line that connects the three market towns of Rathkeale, Newcastlewest and Abbeyfeale in West Limerick.

As part of our €5million upgrading works to the Great Southern Greenway Limerick, Limerick City and County Council is undertaking an extensive programme of resurfacing works and a number of sections of the Greenway have been temporarily closed to facilitate these works. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

On Friday 27th November the section Rathkeale: Irish Palatine Heritage Centre to the River Deel Bridge (CH0-800m and link to Slí na Slainte) will reopen.

Limerick City and County Council wish to advise of the following Temporary Closures on the Great Southern Greenway Limerick (GSGL) and the proposed opening dates:


Closed until

Rathkeale – Ardagh Station House



Ardagh Station House - Newcastle West



Newcastle West - Barnagh



Barnagh - Barnagh Tunnel



Barnagh Tunnel Section



Templeglantine, Abbeyfeale & Kilmorna


Great Southern Greenway Limerick

We promise you a spectacular journey through time, heritage and nature and to give you, the visitor the opportunity to learn more about the people, heritage and environment of one of Ireland’s hidden jewels, West Limerick.

Along this route on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way you will find Norman castles, abbeys, medieval ruins, workhouses, famine graveyards, deserted railway stations, a viaduct and breath-taking scenery!

    Great Southern Greenway Limerick

    The line was built to link the city of Limerick with the town of Tralee in north Kerry. It ran westwards across County Limerick, through the towns of Adare, Rathkeale, Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale and then on into County Kerry.

    Today the Great Southern Greenway Limerick is suitable for walking and cycling off road along a 39km route connecting the towns of Rathkeale, Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale, see details of all the trails here.

      Planning Events

      Limerick City and County Council welcomes and encourages the use of the Great Southern Greenway for events. In order to maximise enjoyment of the Greenway for all concerned, avoid clashes with other events and to satisfy insurance obligations, Limerick City and County Council require event organisers to obtain permission from the Council to hold an event on the Greenway. The types of events that will require permission include family fun days, sports days, walks and runs, sporting events, filming, photoshoots, etc.

      Click here to download the Permission Request Form for Events on the Great Southern Greenway Limerick. 

      Great Southern Greenway Limerick

      In 2015 Limerick City and County Council took over responsibility for the Great Southern Trail which was formerly initiated, developed and managed by a volunteer group in the Newcastle West area. Limerick City and County Council now have a License agreement with Iarnrod Eireann for the entire route for the purposes of a greenway.

      Limerick City and County Council’s vision for The Great Southern Greenway Limerick is to create a shared use trail linking three historical urban centres in West Limerick.

      The 39 km Greenway provides a safe, clean, aesthetic and enjoyable place for non-motorised users of all abilities and ages to visit and use.

      The Great Southern Greenway Limerick will be accompanied by over 10 km of linked complimentary looped walking and cycling routes, in each urban centre.

        Great Southern Greenway Limerick

        Limerick City and County Counci has a long-established role in tourism in the county, which itself is already home to range of world-class attractions. Against this background, the overall objective for the Greenway is very clear – to grow West Limerick’s domestic and international visitor numbers.

        Limerick City and County Counci sees the Great Southern Greenway Limerick as a means to achieve the overall increase in tourism business objective by:

        1. Establishing a local, county, regional and national amenity to assist in promoting health and well being
        2. Promoting West Limerick as a tourism destination and provide opportunities for new visitor growth as well as providing linkage between communities and improve the quality of life of future generations.
        3. Providing cyclists, runners, walkers and other active transport users with a low-impact way to explore one of Ireland’s beauty spots – West Limerick.
        Great Southern Greenway Limerick

        Rules of the Greenway:

        1. The greenway is strictly for walkers and pedal cyclists only
        2. Cyclists please wear a helmet and yield to pedestrians
        3. Do not enter adjoining farmland
        4. Respect the natural habitat that is the greenway as well as its flora and fauna
        5. Please do not litter the greenway
        6. Keep dogs on leads and scoop the poop
        7. In case of emergency, please phone Newcastle West Gardaí on T: +353 69 20650