Limerick By Foot: Best Walking Trails

Set at the mouth of the famous River Shannon, Limerick city and county are full of varied landscapes to enjoy as a couple. And with those landscapes come a wide range of walks and trails to help you get to the heart of all the area has to offer. 

The Best Walking Trails in Limerick

Enjoy the tranquil surroundings of pretty woodlands, or take a bracing walk along the Shannon estuary. Follow the route of a historic railway, or stand in awe at the city’s history and architecture. 

You don’t have to be a regular hiker to enjoy the area by foot. There are walks around Limerick for all difficulty levels, whether you want a gentle romantic stroll or a more challenging hike. 

Limerick City Walking Trails

Walking is the best way to experience the majesty of Limerick city. Explore its medieval castle and cathedral, cross the mighty Shannon and take a stroll through its elegant Georgian streets. 

A series of walking trails has been designed to help visitors and locals alike get out and about in the city and its environs. Two particular highlights for tourists are the Three Bridges trail and the City Centre to Shannon Fields walk. These walks around Limerick give you a sense of the life of this historic city. 

1. The Three Bridges

Needless to say, this looped walk brings you across or beside three of Limerick’s river bridges. You’ll also travel along riverside boardwalks and immerse yourself in Limerick’s medieval architecture. This 3.6km walk begins and ends at Arthur’s Quay Park.

2. City Centre to Shannon Fields Riverside Walk

Get active and follow in the footsteps of a Limerick Olympian. This 3.2km trail honours Michael O’ Shea, who is also a World Cross Country Champion. Starting at Lock Quay on Clare Street, you’ll follow the river from the city centre to the Shannon Fields (ending at Athlunkard Bridge in Corbally). In the past, Shannon Fields was a popular spot for local families to come for picnics and a swim. Don’t just stop your adventure at the end of the trail: the riverside at Corbally has a fascinating history to explore. Visit here to discover more.

If you want to drive from Maldron Hotel Limerick to the city centre, it will take you approximately 10 minutes. You can also get there by a mixture of bus transport and walking. 

The Limerick Greenway

Part of the Great Southern Trail, the Limerick Greenway provides a 39km stretch of safe pathway for walking and cycling. The path has an even surface, so regular shoes and outdoor clothing are appropriate. Officially opened in 2021, it’s one of the most talked-about walking trails in Limerick. 

The Greenway follows a section of the old Limerick to Tralee railway route, which operated for almost 100 years, closing in the 1970s. Lots of interesting elements of the old railway remain along the trail, including a Victorian viaduct and a tunnel which brought a small section of the track underground. 

But the Greenway isn’t just about the railway. You’ll get to explore some of the finest countryside the county has to offer. Unwind in nature as you pass through plains, pastures and forests. The viewing point in Barna (the highest point of the former railway line) offers views stretching to Clare, Kerry and Cork.

The Greenway is broken into five sections.

1. Rathkeale to Ardagh

Distance: 9km

Length of time to walk: 2.5 hours

Look out for: the old Rathkeale railway station. 

2. Ardagh to Newcastle West

Distance: 4km 

Length to time to walk: 1 hour

Look out for: Desmond Castle

3. Newcastle West to Barnagh

Distance: 10km 

Length of time to walk: 2.5 hours

Look out for: Ferguson’s Viaduct

4. Barnagh to Templeglantine

Distance: 4km 

Length of time to walk: 1 hour

Look out for: views of a wind farm

5. Templeglantine to Abbeyfeale to The Kerry Border

Distance: 9km to Abbeyfeale, 3km more to the Kerry Border

Length of time to walk: 2 hours

Look out for: Tullig Wood

There are also loop trails of three of the towns along the Greenway: Abbeyfeale, Newcastle West and Rathkeale. These towns (and plenty more towns and villages besides) are always eager to welcome Greenway visitors to their communities.

Rathkeale is the closest Greenway access point to Maldron Hotel Limerick. The drive is 28km and takes about 25 minutes. Rathkeale can also be accessed by bus. 

To find out more about each section, access points, and more, please visit here

Glin Heritage Walking Trails

Overlooking the impressive Shannon Estuary, Glin is a picturesque village full of history. 

The area is home to the Knights of Glin (a hereditary title of the Fitzgerald family). The current castle, a Georgian country house, remains in the family, although it is operated as a luxury hotel. 

Glin is also a busy market village, especially during the horse and cattle fair in December.

The village offers three fascinating heritage walking trails, each of which start at St. Paul’s Heritage Centre, beside the gates of Glin Castle Demesne.

View the detailed trail guide to discover more about what is involved in each route. 

1. The Knight’s Walk

Distance: 4km

Length of time to walk: 2 hours

Difficulty: moderate

This walk brings you through the Race Field, which was used regularly in the last century. You’ll also amble through pretty woodlands and view the local area and surrounding counties from Tullyglass hill. See if you can spot Shannon Airport, across the river in Co. Clare.

2. Knockaranna

Distance: 8.5km

Length of time to walk: 2 hours 

Difficulty: easy 

The Knockaranna trail will introduce you to some fascinating features of Glin including the pier and Hamilton Tower. You’ll also walk along the estuary shoreline. Why not look out for some local flora and fauna as you go, using the information board in the town park as your guide?

3. The Path

Distance: 4.5km 

Length of time to walk: 1 hour

Difficulty: easy

This path also brings you along the edge of the Shannon Estuary, but in the other direction. You’ll pass features such as Glin Castle, the Gate Lodge and the bathing lodge. 

It takes approximately 45 minutes to drive from Maldron Hotel Limerick to Glin. There are a number of routes you could take but we recommend the N59 for a scenic drive along the estuary. If you have time, make sure to stop in Foynes for a visit to the Flying Boat Museum. You can also access Glin by bus. 

Curraghchase Forest Park

This popular park is the former estate of the DeVere family and the remains of their home still overlook the surrounding countryside.

If you’re looking for forest walks in Limerick, Curraghchase is the best place to start. With native woodlands, a man-made lake and even an arboretum, it’s a peaceful place to while away a morning or afternoon. For those with an interest in nature, the park has a number of Special Areas of Conservation. 

Located just a 25-minute drive from Maldron Hotel Limerick, a series of walking and hiking trails can be found, ranging in difficulty to suit all abilities. 

1. The Lake Trail

Distance: 1.1km

Length of time to walk: 20 minutes

Difficulty: easy

This is the easiest of the three, designed to be accessible to all. It takes you in a pretty circuit around the man-made lake.

2. The Curragh Trail

Distance: 2.4km 

Length of time to walk: 30 minutes

Difficulty: easy

The Curragh Trail and Glenisca Trail (below), both take you through the park’s woodland and help you experience the nature and wildlife to be found in the area.

3. The Glenisca Trail

Distance: 3.6km 

Length of time to walk: 1 hour

Difficulty: moderate

Orienteering trails are also available if you want to add an extra layer of challenge to your walk! Guides for both the walking and orienteering trails can be downloaded from here

Opening hours vary throughout the year.

1st April to 31st October: 7am to 9pm

1st November to 31st March: 8am to 6pm

There is a €5 charge per car to access the car park.

Adare River Bank Walk

Adare is full of history and architecture, as well as some of the finest places to eat in Co. Limerick. This pretty village is also looking to the future, as it gets ready to host the Ryder Cup in 2027.

The Adare River Bank Walk is a flat, looped 2.3km trail, suitable for all abilities. St. Nicholas’s Church is a good place to park and start. From there you can follow the riverside path along the River Maigue to Station Road which brings you back to the village . If it’s open, call into the Heritage Centre before turning left to follow the street back to the church.

Please note that the walk includes busy roads (although footpaths are present), so take caution as needed.

Adare is a 16km (18 minute) drive from Maldron Hotel Limerick. You can also access the village by bus. 

Clare Glens (Murroe)

This easy hike brings you right to the edge of Co. Limerick and is another example of the wonderful forest walks and hiking trails in Limerick. The Clare River is the boundary between counties Limerick and Tipperary and flows through a red sandstone gorge which creates the glens. This restful woodland walk will bring you along the tree-lined riverbanks. Enjoy the soundtrack of the rushing river and waterfalls as you go.

Starting at the Clare River Bridge, you can choose either a 2km or 4km loop trail. The hiking trails are part of the National Looped Walk network and are marked with their standard signage. Waterproof walking boots are recommended.

Your Base For Limerick’s Best Walking Trails

After a busy day walking or hiking, there’s nothing nicer than coming back to a warm and comfortable room. 

At Maldron Hotel Limerick, we’re always ready to welcome you in from the walking and hiking trails of Limerick. And our Grain & Grill Bar and Restaurant is the perfect spot to refuel after your adventures.

We’ve a fantastic range of hotel rooms and offers in Limerick for couples to choose from, so you’re sure to find exactly what you need for the perfect walking holiday in Limerick. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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    Where exactly is the hotel located in Limerick?

    Maldron Hotel Limerick is located just outside of Limerick city centre. You will reach the city centre within a 10 minutes drive or a 30 minutes walk of the hotel. A taxi ride will approximately cost €8 one way. For more information visit our location page.

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    Is the hotel located near any shopping centres?

    Less than a 10 minutes drive from our hotel, you will find the Crescent Shopping Centre with retail outlets including H&M, Zara, Shaws, Penneys, Tesco, Heatons, Smiggles, Lifestyle sport, Elvery’s, Field Jewellers, Holland & Barrett, O’Briens sandwiches and Butlers chocolates. The shopping centre is one of the biggest and most successful shopping centres outside of Dublin, offering 37,000m2 of retail space, including also restaurants, a cinema, a public library as well as offices of Limerick county council.

    How close are public transport links to the hotel?

    You will find a bus stop less than a 5 minutes walk from the hotel. Colbert Bus and Train Station is less than a 1o minute drive from Maldron Hotel Limerick.

    What is there to do in Limerick?

    Maldron Hotel Limerick is ideally located to access all that the Shannon region has to offer. With direct access to all major road networks, the hotel puts all attractions at easy reach. Visit the Hunt Museum in the city centre, the People Park, King Johns Castle and an array of local bars, restaurants and clubs.

    Further afield, and within 20 minutes of the hotel lies Bunratty Castle, Folk Park and Castletroy. Foynes Flying Boat Museum and Adare Heritage Centre are other options to consider. The hotel is also just 20 minutes away from Shannon Airport.

    How far is Thomond Park from the Hotel?

    Maldron Hotel Limerick is located approximately a 15-minute drive from Thomond Park, the home of Munster rugby.

    Is the hotel located near the University of Limerick?

    The hotel is near the University of Limerick and the University Concert Hall, located approximately a 10-minute drive away.

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    Maldron Hotel Limerick boasts 142 spaciously designed bedrooms. Depending on your needs, you can choose between 4 different room types, including Double Rooms, Twin Rooms, Triple Rooms and Family Rooms. We also have a few rooms with a balcony and/or view of the garden as well as interconnecting rooms for families (subject to availability).

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    Yes, we have 8 wheelchair accessible rooms available, some on each floor. These rooms have more space to move inside the room and adapted shower. Please contact us directly to discuss availability.

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    Yes, we have a number of spacious family rooms available. Each of our family rooms is comprised of a double and two single beds, ideal for 2 adults and 2 children under 12. Please contact our reservations team to check availability.

    Can I get a cot or camp bed in my room?

    Yes, cots and camp beds are available on request. Please contact our reception team should you wish to discuss the availability of a cot or camp bed in your room.

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    No, our bedrooms have no air-conditioning.

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    All our bedrooms have a shower over bath.

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    All of our bedrooms are equipped with a hairdryer, an iron and an ironing board, tea/coffee making facilities, toiletries and extra pillows for your complimentary use. Please contact our reception team if you should have are any further requirements.

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    Whether it be breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a quick snack on the go, our cosy Grain & Grill bar and restaurant on the first floor offers a variety of finest local produced meals for all tastes and needs 7 days a week.

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    Our Grain & Grill bar and restaurant opens daily for lunch and dinner. Carvery lunch is served from 12:30pm to 2pm and there is a full bar food menu available until 9.:30pm.

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    Does Gain & Grill offer a dedicated kid’s menu?

    Yes, we offer an extensive menu for our little ones, including also our healthy options for the perfect family meal in Limerick.

    Do you provide room service?

    Yes, room service is available daily from 5:30pm to 9:15pm. You can order from our Click & Go menu, available through our Guest Service Platform. The food can be then collected at the collection point in our restaurant.

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    No, a dining reservation is in general not required and we’re happy to accept restaurant walk-ins. However, we advise you to reserve your table in advance to avoid disappointment or to discuss any individual dining requirements you might have. To pre-book, please contact our team via phone on +353 (0)61 436 100.

    Do you cater for large groups? Can I book a private dining space for a special occasion?

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    Does the hotel offer a swimming pool and gym facilities on-site?

    Yes, our leisure centre has a 20m swimming pool with a separate kiddies pool which are both heated. We also have a jacuzzi, sauna and steam room on-site. For our more active guests, we provide a fully equipped and state-of-the-art gym catering for cardio, core and strength training. Whether you want to maintain your workout routine or plan to relax and unwind, you can do both in Club Vitae at Maldron Hotel Limerick.

    What are the opening hours of the leisure facilities?

    The leisure centre at Maldron Hotel Limerick opens from 7am to 10pm Monday to Friday and from 8am to 9pm on weekends and bank holidays.

    Kids are welcome until in the pool area from 9am to 7pm daily.

    Is there an age limit for using the leisure facilities?

    Yes, children under 12 years old must be fully supervised and have a parent or guardian in the pool with them at all times. Please note that under 16’s are not permitted to use the gym facilities.

    Is the use of the leisure facilities complimentary for guests?

    Yes, the use of our leisure facilities is complimentary to all of our guests.

    Is there a spa in the hotel?

    Yes, for guests who wish to relax and take some time out from their busy schedules, Maldron Hotel Limerick offers a variety of relaxing body massages to suit your needs at the Entropy Treatment Rooms. To make a booking contact our reception team via email or call the Entropy Treatment Rooms team directly on +353 (0)86 178 7575.

  • Meetings & Events

    Does the hotel have meeting rooms?

    Yes, Maldron Hotel Limerick has 12 dedicated and flexible meeting rooms suitable for small to medium-sized meetings such as interviews, group meetings, seminars, training days and workshops.

    How many people do your meeting rooms accommodate?

    Depending on the layout and room, we can accommodate from 2 to 50 people theatre-style.

    What equipment is included in the meeting rooms?

    All meeting rooms are fully equipped with a LCD projector, flipcharts, still and sparkling water, mints as well as pads and pencils. In addition, free high-speed WiFi will be provided complimentary in all meeting rooms as well as air conditioning. All rooms also have floor to ceiling windows with black-out blinds.

    Are there food and beverage options available?

    Yes, we have a variety of dining options as well as customised menus available for meetings to suit your budget and requirements. For more information, please contact our meetings team via phone on +353 (0)61 436 100 or email

    Are corporate rates available?

    Yes, corporate rates are available. Should you wish to enquire about setting up a preferred agreement, feel free to contact a member of our sales team on +353 (0)61 436 100 to discuss your requirements.

  • Booking & Cancellation

    What is Make It Maldron and how do I sign up?

    Signing up and being part of Make it Maldron means you can save €10/£10 per room per night every time you book directly on our website (excludes selected sale and promotional special offers). To sign up, visit our ‘Make It Maldron’ page and join in 3 simple steps to ensure your discount is applied to all future online bookings.

    Can I claim back on the Stay and Spend Tax Credit Scheme?

    Yes, we are delighted to confirm that all Maldron Hotels are registered for the Stay and Spend Tax Credit Scheme. That means if you stay with us between 1st October 2020 and 30th April 2021 you can claim up to €125 under this scheme, please see for more information and details.

    What is the best way to make a reservation?

    The best way to book is online on our website where you can easily see our best rates and what exclusive offers and packages are available. Alternatively, you can call our reservations team on +353 (0)61 436 100 or email

    What should I do if I haven’t received a booking confirmation?

    If you have not received your booking confirmation, try to check your spam/junk folder. If you still haven’t received it, please contact our reservations team on +353 (0)61 436 100 or email and they will be happy to help and investigate with you.

    What payment methods does the hotel accept?

    At Maldron Hotel Limerick, we accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express.

    What is the hotel’s credit/debit card policy?

    Bookings require a credit card for guarantee only unless otherwise stated. No cash payment is allowed for bookings, we only take payment via credit card with photo ID. For some special offers and specific dates, full payment is required at time of booking but these terms will be outlined in the special offer terms & conditions. Please note that no rooms will be let unless payment is guaranteed.

    What age are children for the purpose of hotel packages?

    Children are categorised as under 12 for hotel package purposes.

    How do I make a group or multiple rooms booking?

    To make a group or multi-room booking, please contact our reservations team via phone on +353 (0)61 436 100 and they’re happy to assist you with your request.

    Are there any age restrictions when booking a hotel room?

    To book a hotel room, you must be at least 18 years old. All under 18s must be accompanied by a guardian or parent. Identification will be required.

    Can I show up at the hotel without a booking?

    Yes, we accept walk-in bookings (subject to availability). However, we would always recommend to call ahead to the hotel or booking online prior to arriving to secure your reservation and to avoid disappointment.

    Can I extend my stay?

    Yes, depending on availability, we’ll be happy to accommodate you for further nights at an additional cost. Please contact our reception team at any stage during your stay and we will happily arrange the rest for you.

    How do I amend or cancel my booking?

    If you have booked directly with the hotel, you can amend or cancel your booking by visiting the ‘Manage Booking’ section on our website by using your confirmation number and email address. Alternatively, you can call us directly on +353 (0)61 436 100 or email to cancel or amend your booking.

    What is the cancellation policy?

    If you have booked the reservation directly with the hotel over the phone or online, Maldron Hotel Limerick offers free cancellation up to 2pm prior to the day of arrival unless advance purchase non-refundable rate was selected. Please note that some special offers and key dates outlined in the terms and conditions may specify a special cancellation policy applicable to that offer and date.

    How can I cancel my reservation if I booked via a third-party website?

    Reservations booked via third-party websites or online travel agents must be cancelled directly with them as we cannot do that on your behalf. Please note that third-party websites and online travel agents have their own cancellation policies, so please refer to your confirmation email.

    What does our “no show” policy entail?

    If you do not show on the day of your booking or didn’t successfully cancel, you will be charged the full amount for your first night’s stay. If you have booked our “advanced purchase” or “prepay and save” rates, you will incur a 100% penalty charge for the entire duration of your stay. Please do ensure that you contact reservations should you wish to cancel your booking.


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