Blackwater Way

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Bridge over the Kerry Blackwater

The Blackwater Way is a long-distance walking that follows the valley of the River Blackwater in the Counties of Tipperary, Cork and Kerry. It is 104 miles long overall, beginning in Clogheen in County Tipperary and ending in Shrone in County Kerry. The route is typically completed in ten days.[1][2]

The route is designated as a 'National Waymarked Trail' by the National Trails Office of the Irish Sports Council and is managed by Avondhu Tourism and IRD Duhallow.

The Blackwater Way consists of two trails – the Avondhu Way between Clogheen and Bweeng in County Cork and the Duhallow Way between Bweeng and Shrone, which have been combined to form the Blackwater Way:

Connecting paths

  • The Blackwater Way forms part of European walking route E8, a conceptual route which would run from Dursey Island in County Cork to Turkey. The Irish section incorporates the Wicklow Way, the South Leinster Way, the East Munster Way, the Blackwater Way and parts of the Kerry Way and the Beara Way.
  • The East Munster Way connects to the Blackwater Way at Clogheen.
  • The Kerry Way connects to the Blackwater Way by an unmarked route between Shrone and the start of the Kerry Way in Killarney.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Avondhu Way - Irish Trails (Irish Sports Council)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Duhallow Way - Irish Trails (Irish Sports Council)
Long-distance footpaths in the Republic of Ireland

National Waymarked Trails:   Ballyhoura WayBarrow WayBealach na Gaeltachta, Dún na nGallBeara WayBlackwater WayBluestack WayBurren WayCavan WayCroagh Patrick Heritage TrailDingle WayDublin Mountains WayEast Clare WayEast Munster WayGrand Canal WayHymany WayKerry WayLough Derg WayMid Clare WayMiners Way and Historical TrailMonaghan WayMulteen WayNore Valley WayNorth Kerry WayOffaly WayRoyal Canal WaySheep's Head WaySlieve Bloom WaySlieve Felim WaySligo WaySouth Leinster WaySuck Valley WayTáin WayTipperary Heritage WayWestern WayWestmeath WayWicklow Way

Greenways:   Boyne GreenwayDublin-Galway GreenwayGreat Southern TrailGreat Western Greenway

Others:   Bangor TrailMalin to Mizen