Bunclody – Craan Loop – Long Lane Loop

horses grazing under Mount Leinster

Good to Know

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Guided Tours: N

Parking: Y

Don’t Miss

  • The old-fashioned water pump at Ballypreacus
  • Droim Croí where slate was quarried for over 100 years
  • Mount Leinster (on your left) – the highest peak of the Blackstairs Mountains
  • As you head back towards Bunclody town the surrounding area opens in front of you. From the top you can see right out to the Wexford coastline, here too you can see all the way from Tara Hill near Gorey to the Wicklow Mountains and Lugnaquillla.
  • The Clody River – Clody meaning a stony, fast flowing river
  • Stop to enjoy an ice-cream sitting under the trees on The Mall

For further local information please visit www.visitbunclody.ie

These are two scenic, peaceful looped walks around the Clody Valley, sided by the Blackstairs Mountains with Mount Leinster itself as the focal mid-point on the loop. The loops meander beside farmland, forestry, streams and open mountain. From Droim Cria (the slate quarry), Blackrock Mountain, Mount Leinster, Kilbrannish Windmills, New Deerpark, John’s Hill, Clonmullen and Barker’s Road you get many different views of the whole Clody Valley with the Blackstairs Mountains to the west, the Wicklow foothills to the north and the Wexford coastline to the east as you return.

The slate quarry at Droim Cria on your left where slate was quarried for over 100 years to roof houses, both local and far afield – you will spot some houses and sheds roofed with local slate along the route. Turning right, Blackrock Mountain is to your left, while every gateway on the right opens to spectacular valley views towards the wind turbines, Deerpark and John’s Hill. As you walk from County Wexford towards County Carlow, Mount Leinster comes into view on your left. At the summit of Mount Leinster, Labraid Loingsech is said to have been buried. He was one of the first Kings of Leinster (3rd century BC). Legend says he gave the name Laigin (Gaelic for Leinster) to the province from the spears of the soldiers he brought from France to regain his Kingdom. Saint Columbanus an important 6th century Irish saint was born near the Nine Stones.

There is a large herd of deer in the Clody Valley, originally all were in the northern slopes of the Deerpark, but recently they have flourished in the Coilte forest of New Deerpark. There are incredible sunrises and sunsets to be enjoyed. You will need your camera out for the entire walk as there is plenty of beautiful landscape to photograph.

 Bunclody Craan-Long Lane Loop Map image




Walking time



Craan Loop

15 km (9.5 miles)

Rising to 180m
(with some long steep climbs)

3.5 to 4 hours


Moderate (on tarred road throughout)

Long Lane Loop

8km (5 miles)

Rising to 175m
(with some long and steep climbs)

2 to 2.5 hours


Moderate  (on tarred road throughout)

Distance: 15km (9.5 miles)
Ascent: Rising to 180m (with some long and steep climbs)
Walking time: 3.5 to 4 hours
Waymarking: Pink
Grade: Moderate (on tarred road throughout)

Distance : 8km (5 miles)
Ascent : Rising to 175m (with some long and steep climbs)
Walking time: 2 to 2.5 hours
Waymarking: Green
Grade: Moderate (on tarred road throughout)

Getting Here

Bunclody is on the N80, 20km north of Enniscorthy and 32km south of Carlow town.