About The Limerick Greenway
The Limerick Greenway
Developed along the old Limerick to Tralee railway line, the Limerick Greenway interweaves through West Limerick’s stunning green agricultural landscape, connecting the major towns of Rathkeale, Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale. Locomotion Bike Rental is located at Barnagh Greenway Hub which is located a stone’s throw from the Greenway and has direct access to the Greenway via the back of the property.
The Greenway surface was designed with mobility and inclusivity in mind and is safe and suitable for all users. It is possible start the full route at Rathkeale or Abbeyfeale on the Limerick-Kerry border, and join at any of the entrance locations at key stops along the Limerick Greenway. Along the way, you will pass through dramatic railway tunnels and restored train stations from the Victorian era, you can visit ancient castles and abbeys, enjoy the peace and tranquillity of native forest, and meet the people that make Limerick unique along the way!
After you pick up your bike at Locomotion Bike Rentals the choice is yours where to go!
Limerick Greenway Cycle Routes from Barnagh
Don’t worry, you can do all or part of these cycles!
Going North as you leave the entrance to Barnagh Greenway Hub (on the Limerick Greenway), you can cycle as far as Rathkeale via Newcastle West and Ardagh.
Barnagh to Newcastle West– 10KM
The decline from Barnagh to Newcastle West on the peak of the old Limerick to Tralee line, offers wonderful views of County Limerick and beyond. Along the way, you’ll pass over the cast iron Fergusons Viaduct At 164 metres above sea level, the viewing point at Barnagh is the perfect place to stop for a break and admire the natural landscape, with views out to Clare, Cork and Kerry. Newcastle West is County Limerick’s biggest town, with a nice few places of interest to visit and a good selection of boutiques and shops. You can visit the historic Desmond Castle or enjoy the excellent facilities and playground at Castle Demesne park, or pop into any one of Newcastle West’s the cosy pubs and quality restaurants!
Newcastle West to Ardagh – 4KM
The journey to Ardagh from Newcastle West will take you through some of Limerick’s most gorgeous scenery, with stunning green fields surrounding the Greenway path. In Ardagh, you can visit the old station house, located near where the iconic Ardagh Chalice was found in 1868.
Ardagh to Rathkeale – 10KM
Heading from Ardagh, you will pass five overhead railway bridge, wonderfully cut from locally sourced stone. Rathkeale is one of the major towns on the Limerick Greenway and has plenty of heritage and hospitality on offer. Go fishing on the River Deel, check out the ruins of a 12th century Augustinian Friary, visit the Irish Palatine Heritage Centre at the old Rathkeale Station House to learn some of the interesting local history. There are many shops, pubs and restaurants in the town!
Going South takes you in the Listowel direction via Templeglantine and Abbeyfeale
BARNAGH – TEMPLEGLANTINE (4km)
The cycle from Barnagh to Templeglantine takes you through cuttings and high banks and under stone bridges as well as the the 115-metre long Barnagh Tunnel. The village of Templeglantine is often referred to locally as Glantine. The village has a rich history in traditional Irish music and is part of the Sliabh Luachra area which has a distinctive musical style.
TEMPLEGLANTINE – ABBEYFEALE (9km)
Leaving Templeglantine you will first meet the gorgeous forest of Tullig Wood, home to a rich array of native trees, plants and wildlife. It is definitely one of the most peaceful places along the Limerick Greenway and a great spot to cool down in the shade before you continue. Further on, pass by the Devon Road station before arriving at Abbeyfeale. As one of the larger towns in Limerick, Abbeyfeale Once the last stop before Kerry on the old train line, Abbeyfeale also marks the end of the Limerick Greenway, if you began your journey in Rathkeale. Don’t forget to check out Spin Doctor Cycles for all your bike and sportswear needs!
Limerick Greenway Gallery
A Selection of photographs from our travels along the Limerick Greenway!
Bike at Level Crossing
Barnagh Greenway Hub, Barnagh, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick V42 AV66
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