Abbey Hill (Cnoc na Mainistreach
in Irish) is a hill located in the very north of County Clare
, Ireland. The hill is situated
southwest of the small town of Ballyvaughan
, west of of Kinvara
and just south of the highway/route N67. The name of the Abbey Hill refers to Corcomroe Abbey
, which is located on the south side of the hill, near Bell Harbour (Bealaclugga). You will be hiking in a karst
landscape. The geologic bedrock type in the area is bedded & massive fossiliferous limestone. Abbey Hill is the most northerly summit in the West Clare area and is 1,177th highest summit in Ireland according to mountainviews.ie
. While no means tall, Abbey Hill is a popular hike that provides a quick nature fix with excellent views out to Galway Bay and into The Burren
. Earn that pint
From Route N67 get yourself to the intersection of Route N67 and Road L5407 and Road L1014. Go immediately south on Road L1014 and travel about a 565 meters (0.35 miles). Look for the first road on your right
. There is also a small brown hiking symbol sign
at this intersection on the south side of L1014 at this intersection that points down the road you want to take. Take this right, there is room for parking for about five (5) cars down this road, very near the turnoff you just made.
There appear to be at least three principle hiking routes up Abbey Hill. This one mentioned in the Getting There
section above appears to be the quickest and perhaps easiest: After parking at the "five cars" parking area, walk west down the road. At a little less than a half mile (?, I'm doing this from memory), look for a break in the stone wall to your left. Start hiking uphill and follow the lay of the land upwards.
On a clear(er) day, the route and summit will be easily apparent. It's probably a 2.5 hours round trip for an enjoyable hike with great views.
Abbey Hill Panorama
Two other hiking routes are mentioned here by user fkaatje
at mountainviews.ie's page
on Abbey Hill.
Map per Mountainview.ie's page on Abbey Hill: Ordinance Survey 1:50k Mapsheet: 51 Grid Reference
: M30110 10369
None known. As I'm not too familiar with public/private land access in Ireland, I'm assuming there is some sort of public access easement/right of way for hikers if there is private land south of the stone wall. Please be courteous and considerate to private property owners that may own the land near the stone fences.
When to Climb
It appears that you can hike Abbey Hill year round. Obviously, snow, weather storms and fog may require appropriate planning.
Not sure if there are public campgrounds near Abbey Hill. You could probably bivy on top of Abbey Hill for an interesting night out.
Here's a list of campgrounds
in County Clare, Ireland.
Here's a list of campgrounds in County Galway
recommend the Aille River Hostel
in Doolin, County Clare. There are both rooms and tent camping available. Lots of folks from around the world. A good place to clean up, decompress with a cuppa Lyons
and rest-uppa for the next day's adventure.
External Links/Other Stuff to Do:Abbey Hill on Google maps
on Abbey Hill
Abbey Hill on Peakery.com
Mountaineering Ireland: Irish Hill and Mountain Names (pdf file, list of Ireland's Mountains & Hills)
West of Ireland Walks
by Kevin Corcoran, Walks 43-50, The O'Brien Press, 192 pages
Burren Country – Travels through an Irish limestone landscape
by Paul Clements
The Way That We Climbed: A History of Irish Hillwalking, Climbing and Mountaineering
by Paddy O'Leary
List of campgrounds in County Clare
List of campgrounds in County Galway
Ireland's County High Points: A Walking Guide
by Kieron Gribbon
The Mountains of Ireland
by Paddy Dillon
Summitpost's List of The Mountains of Ireland
Place Names of Ireland online database
Irish Place Names
by D. Flanagan & L. Flanagan
: found this to be the most detailed guidebook for Carrauntoohil
Carrauntoohil & MacGillycuddy's Reeks: A Walking Guide to Ireland's Highest Mountains
Amazon link: here
The Burren - Abbey Hill pan
Walking Ireland - The Burren
Here's a short list of resources for things to do in the area:
on Trip Advisor
Burren National Park
The Burren Outdoor Education Centre
, Ireland (Sounds, Suds and Pubs
Wild Atlantic Way