Linear Trail: Balla (N60) – Clogher – Ballintubber - Killavally – Aughagower – Murrisk (Croagh Patrick)
Level Difficulty: Moderate
Mountain Ascent: 310 mtrs.
Total Ascent 1205 mtrs.
Terrain: Woodland, Bog, Forestry, Fields, Boreens & Minor Roads. Mountain Tracks & Open Bog.
Minimum Gear: Trekking Boots, raingear, snacks & fluid.
Map Reference: OS Discovery Sheet 31, 38 & 30.
Services: Services available at Balla, Clogher, Ballintubber, Killavally, Aghagower & Murrisk.
Distance between Villages & estimated times for walking
Balla – Clogher 8 km – 2 hours approx
Clogher – Ballintubber 12 km – 3 hours approx
Ballintubber – Killavally 5 km – 1 hour 15 minutes approx
Killavally – Aghagower 16 km – 4 hours approx
Aghagower – Murrisk 20 km – 5 hours approx
Overview of the Trail
The Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail extends from the town of Balla westwards to Croagh Patrick. From Balla it passes through field’s boreens, minor roads and small sections of deciduous woodland and scrub en route to Ballintubber. From here the terrain includes tracks through bog and forestry and short sections through fields, boreens and minor roads to reach the village of Killavally.
From Killavally the route follows tarred boreens, minor roads, forest tracks and short sections through fields and bog to arrive at the village of Aghagower. The trail then takes tarred boreens and minor roads all the way to the N59. Leaving the busy road after 250m, the route follows a track through the broadleaf Brackloon Woods and then takes a route over tarred boreens, mountain tracks and open bog to reach a point where the official trail meets the main path to Croagh Patrick Mountain. The Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail finishes at this point. The village of Murrisk is approximately 400m on the descent.