Enjoy some of the lovely walks in the area
Enjoy a stroll around the town, through bogs, hills and along rivers.
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Local Walks | Things to Do
There are many different ‘specialist’ activities which all fall under the umbrella of ‘walking’.
Around Kells you can enjoy hill walking, rambling along rivers, gentle strolls around heritage sites, long distance walking and bog walking.
Whatever your choice, starting out as a walker couldn’t be simpler.
Ringfort & Blackwater River Looped Walk
1 mile (1.5 kilometres) / 40 Minutes / Easy Terrain
GPS: 53° 43’ 56.9922” -6° 54’ 22.2834”
Start at the N.W. corner of the Peoples Park at Lloyd, through the swing gate and walk west towards Clavens Bridge, where you cross the main Cavan road. Walk east along the Blackwater River to the Victorian Waterworks. Following the signs, turn right here towards Lloyd, cross the Main road again to the Bus Stop sign, and head uphill to the Spire of Lloyd.
Tel: 087 262 1006
Threshing Field Walk & Musuem (Moynalty)
0.7 miles / 30 mins / Easy Terrain
GPS: 53° 47’ 17.0772” -6° 53’ 23.0568”
Ireland’s Best Kept Town of 2011, Moynalty has beautiful parkland, with a walkway on the periphery. The “Duck Pond” is much admired, and the Borora River meanders along part of this area. At the Agricultural Museum see a vast array of traditional farming implements and household items, giving an insight into life on the farm and rural homestead in days of yore. Visit Museum by appointment.
Follow the Moynalty Heritage Trail and experience first-hand what makes this village so special.
T +353 (0) 46 924 4390 / +353 (0) 87 235 4763/ +353 (0) 87 794 0372 / +353 (0) 87 163 5426
Tailteann (Teltown) Blackwater River Walk
2.5 miles ( 4 kilometres) / 1.5 hours / Easy Terrain
GPS: 53° 40’ 57.91” -6° 56’ 46.77”
Drive to Donaghpatrick Church, Gibbstown where according to tradition, St. Patrick performed his first formal baptism after lighting the Pascal fire in Slane. Across the road is Rath Airthir (Eastern Fort) an impressive trivailate ring fort incorporating a mound, possibly a Norman Motte. Drive to Tailteann House (Teltown House) and start your walk at the “Mollies” on your right up the drive – an ancient cobbled path that leads up to the old graveyard where you will find rock art dating from about 2000BC, as well as the base of a cross and ruins of an old monastery. Then walk along the banks of the Blackwater River round to the back of Martry Mill, still a functioning
flour mill. Tel: 087 665 9022
Girley Bog Looped Walk
3.5 miles (6 kilometres) / 1½ – 2 hours / Easy Terrain
GPS: 53° 40’ 57.918” -6° 56’ 46.470”
This walk covers a variety of forest and bogland where there is a wonderful variety of birdlife,
plants and animals.
Directions to Trailhead: Starting
from the centre of Kells Town, take the N52 following the signs for Mullingar. Follow the N52 for approximately 7km. Turn left onto a forestry roadway and follow for approximately 100m to reach the trailhead.
Note: The trailhead is signposted from Kells.
Tel: 087 971 2072
Book of Kells Experience
Daily at 10:30 a.m. from the Headfort Arms Hotel /1.5 hours / Easy terrain
The monastic site in Kells is considered by many historians to be one of the most important monastic
sites in Ireland. It is on the tentative list for consideration as a World Heritage Site.
Follow the footsteps of the monks as we walk up to the highest point in the town where St. Columba
established a religious settlement around 550 A.D.
We will visit: - the Monastic site /
- the Round Tower / - the High Crosses / - St. Colmcille’s House
Tel: 085 163 6453
Mullaghmeen is the largest planted beech forest in Western Europe, (1000 acres) on the Meath / Westmeath border overlooking Lough Sheelin. The lands know as the Gradwell Estate were bought by the Irish Government through the Department of Agriculture in the early 1930's, and in the years that followed, some 114 men worked on the planting project and making road-ways through the forest. The semi-state body Coillte took over the management of Mullaghmeen, and with the Mullaghmeen Group put a plan in place to create an amenity park with walking trails for various levels of fitness and picnic areas.
Tel: 086 170 6767