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Ballingarry Slí na Sláinte

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The Ballingarry Slí na Sláinte is 3.6km in length and begins at the Village Crossroads.

The Ballingarry Slí na Sláinte is 3.6km in length and begins at the Village Crossroads. Following the route uphill past the post office and the church (built in the 1880's using stone from a nearby medieval church and castle), turn right opposite the primary school onto Skeeheen Boreen.

Continue uphill along this road for over 1km before turning left, heading in the direction of 'The Warhouse' (where Young Irelanders in 1848 under Smith-O'Brien, Dillon and Meagher fought the British and raised the Tricolour for the first time in Ireland). Take time to notice the stunning scenery; the lowlands of Co. Kilkenny and the Black Mountains to the east, the Slievedaragh Hills to the northwest and Slievenamon to the south. The route is also surrounded by numerous Stone Age and Norman ring forts or 'fairy-forts (moated sites), preserved for centuries through respect of local tradition.

At the bottom of the hill, turn left onto the Commons/Ballingarry Road and continue for 1km back towards the village to complete the 3.6km route.