Glin Heritage Trails - The Path
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The Path walk is one of three walks that make up Glin Heritage Trails. Walks can be done individually or as one long walk.
This walk starts from St Paul's Heritage Centre and is a pleasant multi-access trail taking walkers west along the Shannon Estuary on a footpath. It is waymarked with green arrows on a black background.
Glin is home to a diverse range of built, natural and cultural heritage. The old castle (C13th) was the stronghold of the Knights of Glin. There have been 29 Knights of Glin and the 'new' castle is still home to the FitzGerald family. Glin Castle and Gardens are private and open to the public by appointment only. The Georgian style town square layout and civic stone buildings date from the C18th and the Shannon Estuary is a critical habitat for bottle nose dolphins.
There are two key viewing points along the trails each equipped with binoculars and map explaining the rich natural, built and cultural views on offer. The first is at sea level and offers views east and west of Glin on the estuary. The second is at a height of 130 metres and offers panoramic views from Galway Bay to Ballybunion Beach and Golf Links Course, through to Knockpatrick and beyond.