These simple local walks have been designed to show off the best of the literary, heritage and scenic locations around the town. They are suitable for people of all ages, with an average fitness level.

All walks start from the heart of the town, outside Ballymahon Library building where information about the literary greats that are linked to the Ballymahon area, can be found.

SHRULE BRIDGE 8km Return / 1hr

1. Start at library, turn left and walk up Main Street (R392) towards the Longford direction.

2. Pass the turn for St Matthew’s Park and Moyvale Estate.

3. Take next left (Moigh Road).

4. Enjoy countryside and farm land as you continue on along that route, past some graceful
homes including Shrule House, Dr Drummond’s House and Castlecore House.

5. Follow the road out to Shrule Bridge over the River Inny and see the ruins of an old
working mill and storehouse.

6. View inscribed stone walls with words of John “Leo” Keegan Casey and enjoy the peace
and quiet of Shrule before returning to town.

WORKHOUSE ROAD 3km return / 20 mins

1. Start at the library, turn right and walk down the Main St of the town.

2. Continue on to the N55 at Lower Main Street, before passing the Doctors Surgery.

3. Turn right walking down past the Inny Kayakers Clubhouse and carpark and on past the
playground on the left.

4. Continue down to Thomond village, formerly the historic Workhouse site.

5. Along the way back, walk down along the river bank (note be cautious of unstable terrain)
and view rapids on River Inny during high water season.

NEWCASTLE FOREST 8km return / 1hr+

1. Start at library, turn right and continue down town.

2. Cross Main Street at pedestrian crossing by Post Office.

3. Continue down Lower Main Street.

4. Turn left at Ballymulvey Road, next to The River Inn or
Murray’s Pub.

5. Continue down this road for 2km or until you come to the
picnic/parking area at Newcastle Bridge.

6. Bring a light picnic and rest a while then sample one of the
signposted river or forest walks before making your way back
into town for some local hospitality to finish off your day!

5km loop / 50mins to 1hr

1. Cross street at library and turn left out Edgeworthstown Road (N55) at Ronnie Nally’s Pub.

2. Continue past Bog Lane Theatre on left, farmers mart on right, and Garden Centre and GAA grounds on left, before taking a left on a corner onto a nice quiet road.

3. Continue past a thatched cottage on your right and some more recent beautifully built homes.

4. Continue to Brannigan Harbour on the Royal Canal. See Bridge and old Royal Canal Ticket House where ducks, swans and boats should be visible.

5. If you’re lucky you might come across a game of kayak polo!

6. Ideal location to enjoy a picnic or take the dog for a well earned swim!

7. To continue loop, walk along grass tow path on left bank of Canal until you reach Longford Bridge.

8. Then leave bank and return to footpath along R392 which will take you back onto Main Street, Ballymahon.


1. Follow instructions for Ballybrannigan / Drynan Royal Canal walk but instead of leaving bank to return to footpath, continue on along to next bridge, leave Canal bank at Darogue and go left.

2. Take left turn at T junction and walk back in via Moigh Road to town