The South Leinster Way is a remarkable trail that showcases the natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture of the South Leinster region. Stretching across picturesque landscapes, charming villages, and historic sites, this trail offers an unforgettable experience for hikers, nature enthusiasts, and history buffs alike. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes of South Leinster, from rolling hills and lush valleys to serene rivers and enchanting woodlands. The trail provides a diverse range of natural beauty, making it a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. The well-marked trail provides a safe and enjoyable experience.
We are excited to invite you to the latest Siul Eile Trail Walking Series of 2024 – South Leinster Way in 9 stages:
Stage 1: Saturday Jan 13th- Carrick-on-Suir to Piltown (11km) (83metres elevation)
Check in Piltown 9.30-10am, bus to Carrick-on-Suir, walk to Piltown.
As you depart from Carrick-on-Suir, a vibrant town steeped in history, cross the first of the “Three Sisters”, the River Suir as you go from County Waterford into County Tipperary followed by another county boundary as a footbridge brings you across the Lingaun river into County Kilkenny . The route winds through rolling hills and verdant meadows, offering glimpses of the River Suir meandering through the valley below while embracing the tranquility of the countryside. The trail passes Tybroughney Castle before finishing in the quite village of Piltown, well known for its medieval castle.
Stage 2: Saturday Jan 20th- Piltown to Mullinavat (14km) (240m elevation)
Check in Mullinavat 9.30-10am, bus to Piltown, walk to Mullinavat.
The South Leinster Way from Piltown to Mullinavat is a scenic and enriching journey that takes you through its picturesque countryside. Immerse yourself in the soothing sounds of birdsong and the rustling leaves as you traverse this scenic route. Nestled amidst the picturesque countryside of County Kilkenny, lies Poulanassy Waterfall, a natural wonder that captivates the hearts of all who behold its splendor. Cascading down a cliff, the waterfall plunges into a crystal-clear pool, creating a captivating symphony of sights and sounds. This stage finishes with a downhill section to the charming village of Mullinavat.
Stage 3: Sunday Jan 21st- Listerlin to Mullinavat (14km) (174m elevation)
Check in Mullinavat 9.30-10am, bus to Listerlin, walk to Mullinavat.
Starting just above the small village of Listerlin, the trail takes in quite country roads before entering the Derrylacky woods, crossing over the Derrylacky river and winding its way back to the charming village of Mullinavat.
Stage 4: Saturday Feb 10th- Listerlin to Inistioge (11km) (258m elevation)
Check in Inistioge 8.30-9am, bus to Listerlin, walk to Inistioge.
This part of the trail brings you deeper into the South Leinster Way, through woodlands with the undoubted highlight being the meticulously manicured lawns at Woodstock Gardens & Arboretum just outside the beautiful historic village of Inistioge.
Stage 5: Sunday Feb 11th- Sally Bog to Inistioge (12km) (209m elevation)
Check in Inistioge 8.30-9am, bus to Sally Bog, walk to Inistioge.
Embark on a scenic adventure along the South Leinster Way and experience the enchanting transformation from the untamed beauty of Sally Bog to the refined elegance of Woodstock Gardens. On this stage the trail crosses the second of the “Three Sisters” going over the River Nore in picturesque Inistioge.
Stage 6: Saturday Feb 17th- Sally Bog to Graiguenamanagh (12km) (243m elevation)
Check in Graiguenamangh 9.30-10am, bus to Sally Bog, walk to Graiguenamanagh.
The South Leinster Way offers a magnificent journey through the stunning landscapes of Ireland, and the section from Sally Bog to Graiguenamagh is particularly enchanting. As you embark on this portion of the trail, you’ll be immersed in the natural beauty and rich history that define the region.
Stage 7: Saturday March 2nd- Graiguenamanagh to Borris (13km) (114metres elevation)
Check in Borris 9.30-10am, bus to Graiguenamanagh, walk to Borris.
The South Leinster Way from Graiguenamanagh to Borris is a breathtaking journey through the scenic landscapes of Ireland, offering a unique and enriching experience for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. Cross the third of the “Three Sisters” the River Barrow in Graiguenamanagh, then meander alongside the river all the way to the scenic village of Borris.
Stage 8: Sunday March 3rd- Nine Stones to Borris (11km) (26m elevation)
Check in Borris 9.30-10am, bus to Nine Stones, walk to Borris.
Begin your adventure at the Nine Stones, a landmark steeped in history and folklore. Take a moment to soak in the significance of this location before setting off on a journey that will lead you through the footsteps of generations past. From rolling hills to lush green valleys, every step is a visual feast for the senses until it concludes in the historic town of Borris, where rich history and modern charm converge.
Stage 9: Saturday March 9th- Nine Stones to Kildavin (11km) (68m elevation)
Check in Kildavin 9.30-10am, bus to Nine Stones, walk to Kildavin.
Start the final stage of this adventure at the Nine Stones, a landmark steeped in history and folklore. Prepare to be captivated by the Nine Stones to Kildavin section, a trail that unveils the region’s natural splendor and cultural heritage. Gaze upon the sprawling panorama below, where the tapestry of rolling hills, verdant valleys, and shimmering waterways unfolds before your eyes. Let the crisp mountain air invigorate your senses as you soak in the breathtaking beauty of the Carlow countryside.