South Leinster Way

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On the South Leinster Way approaching Croghaun

The South Leinster Way is a 65-mile long-distance walking route which runs, as the name suggests, through the southern part of Leinster in Ireland

The trail begins in Kildavin in County Carlow and runs through County Kilkenny before ending in Carrick-on-Suir in County Tipperary. It is typically completed in five days.[1]

The route is designated as a 'National Waymarked Trail' by the National Trails Office of the Irish Sports Council and is jointly managed by the three local authorities through whose areas it runs, along with the Carlow Local Sports Partnership, Kilkenny Trails and Coillte.[2] The route was opened in 1985.

The route

On the South Leinster Way south of Mount Leinster

The initial stages run through the Blackstairs Mountains, crossing the flanks of Mount Leinster, the highest mountain in the range to reach the village of Borris. From Borris, the Way follows the towpath of the River Barrow to the town of Graiguenamanagh where it enters County Kilkenny.

The route continues from Graiguenamanagh towards Inistioge, across the northern slopes of Brandon Hill, the highest mountain in County Kilkenny. A series of tracks through forest from Inistioge leads to Mullinavat.

The final stage follows the road from Mullinavat to Carrick-on-Suir.

Connecting paths

Outside links

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  1. South Leinster Way - IrishTrails (Irish Sports Council)
  2. National Trails Office, 2010; p44
  3. East Munster Way – IrishTrails (Irish Sports Council)
  4. Barrow Way – IrishTrails (Irish Sports Council)
  5. Nore Valley Way – IrishTrails (Irish Sports Council)


  • Dalby, Barry (2009) [1st pub. 1993]. The Wicklow Way Map Guide. Clonegal, Ireland: EastWest Mapping. ISBN 978-1-899815-24-1. 
  • Fewer, Michael (1993). Irish Long Distance Walks. A Guide to the Way-Marked Trails. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. ISBN 0-7171-2040-6. 
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