Upperchurch Walking Festival

Upperchurch Walking Weekend

Nov. 6th, 7th and 8th


List of walks


  1. Friday 7.30 p.m. Garnakilka-Glown road walk. 10 km. Testing walk.
  2. Friday 7.45 p.m. Gortkelly-Moher road walk. 7 km. A few easy hills.
  3. Saturday 10.00 a.m. Hills of Upperchurch walk. 18 km. For very fit experienced walkers with some steep climbs.
  4. Saturday 12.15 p.m. Red Hugh and Knockalough walks. 6 km and 10 km. A number of options for walkers of average fitness.

5 and 6. Saturday and Sunday 12.30 p.m. Eamon an Chnoic Loop. 8 km. The most popular local walk.

The above walks all start from Upperchurch village.

  1. Saturday 12.00 noon. Birchill Nature Trail. 8 km. Start P.J. Ryan’s pub, Rosmult, on Thurles – Upperchurch road. An easy lowland walk through farmland and woodland. Waterproof footwear advised. Note change of day from previous years.
  2. Sunday 12.00 noon. Kilcommon – Mauherslieve walk. 12 km. Start Kilcommon village 8 km west of Upperchurch. From Kilcommon to mountain summit and back. Please note this walk replaces the Hollyford – Red Hill walk which has been cancelled due to wind turbine construction.
  3. Sunday 11.00 a.m. Farney Castle to Upperchurch walk. 15 km. Start Farney Castle 12 km east of Upperchurch on Holycross to Ballycahill road. Easy but longish walk on mix of road, field, forest and farm roadway. Free return transport. Tours of Farney Castle at 10.00 a.m and 10.30 a.m. €5 extra. Highly recommended.
  4. Sunday 12.00 noon. Drombane to Upperchurch walk. 12 km. A mixture of laneways, fields and roads. Route goes over top of Knockalough mountain. Free return transport.


Other events


Friday 9.00 p.m. Upperchurch Hall. Reception and official opening.

Friday 10.00 p.m. Kinnane’s. Seisiún Mór.

Saturday 4.00 p.m. Oliver Ryan’s. Set dancing lessons.

Saturday 8.00 p.m. Upperchurch Hall. Launch of 2015 Upperchurch-Drombane Historical Journal. Talk and discussion on the history of local emigration.

Saturday 10.00 p.m. Jim O’The Mills. Traditional music.

Upper Limits Climbing Wall will be open for 20 minutes prior to each walk. Short introductory climbs €2. Clean footwear please.

Don’t forget the Christmas Night Hike on Sunday Dec. 20th starting at 6.30 p.m.

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