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Glen of Aherlow Fáilte Society, Coach Road, Glen Of Aherlow, Tipperary,
Carroll's Loop is the shortest of three walks that start and finish at the trailhead in the middle of the village of Lisvarrinane. The Dolmen and Pádraig's loop walks complete this set of three walks.
The name Lisvarrinane comes from the Irish Lios Fearnain, which means the fort of the fairies. This loop is the shortest of three that start and finish at the trailhead in the middle of the village.
A-B. Starting from the village pass the church on your left and turn left onto Carrolls Bohereen from where the loops proper begin. After a short trek along this roadway, you reach a laneway on your right. Turn right here.
B-C. The laneway ascends to reach a forestry track where it joins the long-distance Ballyhoura Way (marked with the standard yellow walking man and arrow). Turn right here – both the blue and red loop turn left.
C-D. Follow the Ballyhoura Way for approximately 1km to reach a 3-way junction. A number of loops merge here (from both the Lisvarrinane and Christ the King trailheads) so be careful to follow the green arrows as your loop turns right continuing to follow the Ballyhoura Way and merging with the blue loop and red loop on the return to the trailhead.
D-E. The forestry road takes you downhill to reach a T-junction of forestry roads where you turn right and shortly afterwards emerge onto a surfaced road. Continue straight here.
E-A. The last section of the loop follows surfaced roadway to emerge at a T-junction at the top of Lisvarrinane village – turn right here and enjoy the 200m back to the trailhead.
Starting from Tipperary Town take the R664 following the signs for Glen of Aherlow. After approximately 6km you pass a viewing point of the Glen of Aherlow at a statue of Christ the King – this is also a trailhead for five loops. Continue downhill for a further 2km to reach a T-junction at Newtown (there is a Tourist Information Office here) where you turn right. The village of Lisvarrinane is a further 4km - the trailhead is located at a mapboard in the middle of the village.