A challenging route into the Arra mountain range, up to the highest point Tountinna.  Enjoy stunning views, and then back via Castlelough and the scenic village of Garrykennedy

This self-guided route takes in some great hills and views but is for those that are experienced cyclists as there are some steep uphills and steep downhills!  The eBike motor will certainly help you with the uphills but you will still need to be skilled with the brakes for the downhills.....

The Garmin GPS device will guide you right up into the Arra mountain range, almost to the top of Tountinna, the highest point of the Arras, before heading back downhill to the Lough shore at Castlelough and Garrykennedy.

There are legends, castles and historic churches to experience along the way.

Garmin Route - "Hard 2 - Garrykennedy Leinstermen"

Distance - 49km (31 miles)

Cycling Time - 3 Hours (approximately)

Ride Type - Only for the experienced cyclist. Steep uphills and steep downhills, you will need to be skilled in braking downhill!

About the Route

Pit Stops

First Stop - Nenagh Tourist Office

The tour starts at the Tourist Office in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary which is a historic market town, founded back in the 12th Century.

Your Garmin GPS device will guide you via quiet back roads through the North Tipperary countryside, passing through lovely small villages such as Ballycommon and Newtown.

Garmin Route - "Hard 2 - Garrykennedy Leinstermen"

The Graves of the Leinstermen

From the Nenagh Tourist office you will be guideded by the Garmin GPS device via backroads, going through farmland and small picturesque Irish villages such as Ballycommon, Newtown and Portroe.

After Portroe village you will head up towards the Arra mountain range. THIS SECTION IS FOR THE EXPERIENCED CYCLIST ONLY as you will have a steep uphill climb until almost to the top of mighty Tountinna, the highest point of the Arras.

At the top of the climb is a parking area where there are fantastic views down over Lough Derg, and a short walk will take you to the Graves of the Leinstermen, a group of standing stones which are said to be connected to the legends of Brian Boru.

You can also walk up to the top of Tountinna or to the Millenium Cross from here to take in some amazing views down the Lough. Please ensure that your bike is safely locked and you take your Garmin device with you if you do go walking.

Garmin Route - "Hard 2 - Garrykennedy Leinstermen"

Castlelough

You will then be guided down a STEEP DESCENT towards Garrykennedy and you will pass through the small picturesque townland of Castlelough.

Here, there is a ruined church, a castle (which appears as if it is in someone's back garden!), and a recreation area which includes a lake beach and a short forest walk.

If you wish, you can lock up your bikes by the play area and go for a walk down to the Lough shore along the woodland path. It's well worth the diversion!

Garmin Route - "Hard 2 - Garrykennedy Leinstermen"

Garrykennedy

The final pitstop before heading back to Nenagh Tourist Office is Garrykennedy village, which is reached via a mixture of forest roads and back roads.

This is a beautiful harbour village, which includes the 15th century castle built by the O'Kennedy family.  Here, you can get a coffee from the street vendor, or if you prefer, a spot of lunch at Larkin's pub.

Garmin Route - "Hard 2 - Garrykennedy Leinstermen"