12 O’Clock Hills Recreational & Heritage Project

12 O’Clock Hills Recreational & Heritage Project

The 12 O’Clock Hills is a relatively new and very popular hill walking facility situated about 5km south east of Kilkishen Village in East Co Clare. It is accessible from two Trailheads at Belvoir and Snaty on the L3016 road between Sixmilebridge and Broadford. Belvoir trailhead is the most popular start point as it has a spacious carpark with a capacity for at least 90 cars and can also accommodate buses. Advance booking is necessary for buses due to a height restriction barrier in place via our website, more info via this link: https://12oclockhills.com/parking/  Large hiking groups are also advised to advance book parking at week-ends via this number: 087 969 1415

The facility offers 3 choices of trails which are fully waymarked with red, blue and purple arrowheads to facilitate self – guiding. The 5km red marked trail takes in mostly heritage sites, Fairyland and a Kindness Rocks trail with a mental health theme. The 8.5km blue marked looped walk is a more strenuous hike taking in the 12 O’Clock hills at 309m and returning via the Sunyata Buddhist Centre and the Fairyland facility. The 13km purple marked looped walk is a new offering and specifically for the more energetic hikers including hiking groups. It takes in the 12 O’Clock Hills at 309m and an additional hill at 252m known as Loughavarra. The facility also caters for your families with a Fairyland facility which is strategically situated 1.9km from the carpark to get children into walking from an early age. The full walk including return walk is 3.8km and accommodates buggies for the smallies. A food van operates from the carpark mostly at week ends

From the upper 12 O’Clock Hills on the Blue Trail + Loughavarra on the Purple trail much of County Clare is on view including West Clare, the Burren and the Shannon Estuary while locally Kilkishen village and Cullaun Lake are prominent. With a little effort, the town of Ennis and many of the villages of East Clare will reveal themselves. Then the attention may be drawn to an attempt to identify the many lakes and bog lands, castles and woodlands. Maybe after a little refreshment and if the day is exceptionally clear, the gaze might lift to the distant horizon; here is an opportunity to pick out the high mountains of every county in Munster. The identification of these views is helped greatly by way of a Sundial Compass on the Upper 12 O’clock hill and Photographic Display Lectern units on the Lower 12 O’clock hill + Loughavarra hill

Introductory video via this link: https://youtu.be/tNhXfIbMzR8


Co. Clare


Phone: +353 87 969 1415
Email: nevillepf11@gmail.com
Web: 12oclockhills.com

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