Boyle to Ballinafad

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Boyle to Ballinafad

Boyle to Ballinafad

Ascent: 250m
Length: 8km (5 miles)
Time: 3 hours
Waymarking: Black posts with yellow arrows
Grade: Moderate
Minimum Gear: Sturdy walking/trekking shoes, waterproofs, fluids, snacks and mobile phone
OSI Map: Series 33 & 25
Services: Boyle
Terain: Mountain trail
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The way leaves Boyle steeply uphill, crosses a river and then climbs steadily over the Curlew Mountains via the ancient Red Earl's road. Prior to entering the forest, the route is not immediately obvious and care should be taken. The trail passes through a woodland section before joining a quiet country road which leads down to Ballaghboy.

The Route

From the end of the Red Earl's road at Ballaghboy, turn left to join the public road, follow this road for approx 2km before turning right onto a narrow boreen. At the end of the road, take a right, and shortly after a left turn. Here there is the option of taking a temporary diversion to visit Ballinafad castle.

Did you know?

Ballinafad Castle is located on the edge of the village of Ballinafad, just off the main Dublin to Sligo road. It was built at the time of the plantations in the later 16th century, but resembles a 13th century castle rather than the type of castles that were usually built at the time of the plantations.


*Sections of this route cross Coillte property, for up to date information on diversions/closures due to tree felling, please visit


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