Gathabawn Village
Gathabawn Loop
Trailhead Gathabawn village
Services Shop/pub in village
Dist/Time Long Loop: 11.5km/2.5-3hrs
Short Loop: 6.5Km/1.5hrs
High/Ascent 40m
Difficulty Moderate
Terrain Open fields, forest tracks, minor roads
To Suit Average levels of fitness
Minimum Gear Walking boots, rain gear, fluids and mobile phone
Grid Ref. OS Sheet 60 S358 686
Additional info To protect farm animals, no dogs allowed

Gathabawn Village is located on the L1804 between Freshford and Johnstown, Co. Kilkenny. Watch out for turn on the R693, 0.5 miles on Johnstown side of Freshford. Gathabawn can alsobe accessed from the R639 (old N8) at crossroads half way between Cullahill and Johnstown (see sign for Gathabawn). Note: Follow ‘Gathabawn Loop’ signs only.

Walks Directions


Starting from the Trailhead, walk downhill with the Church on your left. Pass through the Millennium Park continuing uphill along the road to where the Long and Short Loops separate.

Long Loop


Turn right onto lane and follow the signs, there is a sharp turn uphill, carry on along the lane over stile up to the woods.


Just inside the wood, follow the narrow path (possibly wet) uphill to the felled wood. 200 metres into the felled wood, see left turn sign, down to the green fields. Take care here. Across the bridge, follow along the fence on the right, to the stile to Shirley’s Lane into Co. Laois.


Follow Shirley’s Lane down to the road and the Famine Village then cross the stile in the stone wall on the right.


Pay close attention to Gathabawn Loop signs across open farmland with several green stiles across Cullohill Mountain. Step over a timber stile to Point F ‘The Gooseneck’. The Short Loop re-joins here.


The signs lead you down the road for a short distance before you turn left into the lane. The short loop re joins here. This final stretch through open farmland to Ballygooney Lane, takes you back uphill and then back down to the Trailhead in Gathabawn.

Short Loop


Continue straight along the road for 2.1km where you will meet a sign to turn right at Point G and rejoin the Long Loop. This takes you through open farmland and back to the Trailhead in Gathabawn.

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