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O'Briensbridge Loop Walks

Follow peaceful canal towpaths and river banks to discover the wonderful heritage of the old Limerick Navigation system

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Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 7.084 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview :  The picturesque village of O'Briensbridge, Co Clare nestles on the banks of the River Shannon and borders three counties namely Clare,... more »

Tips:  Directions to Trailhead
The walk starts and finishes at the trailhead which is located on the bank of the river Shannon at the... more »

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Points of Interest

1. O'Briensbridge Heritage Garden

The trailhead is located in a beautifully restored Heritage Garden in the centre of O'Briensbridge. This amenity was developed by the local community and also features an Old Mill Wall and Navigation Wall. The Old Mill Wall is all that remains of a five storey corn mill that was built by Hood & Boyd of Glasgow in the 1830s.

Follow the red... More

2. Mouth of the Errina Canal

As you walk downstream, you will pass seven qaint humpback bridges, all of which were beautifully restored by the local community. The wall is always lower on the river side of the bridges in order to accommodate the barge ropes to the horses tackle. The high walls on the inner side are to stop the horses from falling into the streams.

At the... More

3. Errina Bridge

Midway to Clonlara, the pathway passes within close proximity of the Headrace Canal at Errina Bridge - walkers of the shorter blue loop will be directed under the bridge and onto the Headrace Canal at this point for the return to O'Briensbridge. More enthusiastic walkers of the longer red loop will continue to follow the Errina Canal pathway into ... More

4. Clonlara Village

At the 'T' junction with the Errina Canal pathway and the main public road, the loop turns to the right through Clonlara Village.

The pretty village of Clonara is located between the Headrace Canal and the Errina Canal, just 11km from Limerick City. O'Sheas Pub in the centre of the viilage offers hearty pub food and lively music sessions at... More

5. Headrace Canal

The route now follows the Headrace Canal back to O'Briensbridge. This canal was constructed in the late 1920s as part of the Shannon Hydroelectric Scheme, one of the largest civil engineering schemes of its kind in the world at that time. The core of the scheme was to construct a hydroelectric powerstation downstream at Ardnacrusha, and then... More