Binnianea Loop Walk

 

 

Binnianea Walk is 14km and takes roughly 3.5hrs. The Binnianea walk in Cullohill is a hilly walk that will take you far from the busy roads via quiet lanes and back roads. This walk begins some 3km outside Cullohill Village, but the car park and trail head (highlighted on map above) is sign-posted from the Village centre.

To begin, leave the car park and turn right. You then reach a road junction where you continue straight on for a short distance. A walkway on the left then is taken uphill through hazel woodland following a path. Emerge from the trees after a short climb and follow the waymarked route across Cullohill mountain to reach a road on the far side. Upon meeting the road, turn left.

On Cullohill mountain, the large rath, which is quite visible can be visited. There are also a number of wells around the mountain which are well preserved. In 1844AD, the population census shows that there were in excess of two hundred people living on the mountain. There are now less than ten – a sign of the passing years in which both emigration and now migration have led the rural population to the towns and cities. Note the fine views across Laois County onto the Slieve Bloom Mountains in the distance.

Pass a ruined house on the right and turn right up a lane. Continue past some farm sheds to reach a point where the walk follows a waymarked way through fields towards a prominent farm shed.

Reach a road and turn right for a few metres before turning left into a forest on a marked pathway. This pathway soon leads to a forest road.

When the forest road passes an old farmhouse, continue downhill for a short distance and take care to follow the waymarked route to the left and back down to a road. Descend to Ballykealey by road and turn left to return to Cullohill village.

There is a fine example of a lime kiln on the green opposite Cullohill Castle. Lime kilns were once in common use: Limestone rock was burnt in the kiln to provide a fertilizer for spreading on the land.

Download a map of the Binnianea Loop Walk here

GPS:  52.79804, -7.47808.