2019 Events

Rhododendron Walking Festival Itinerary

The 2019 Rhododendron Walking Festival Itinerary is below with detailed walk descriptions and booking links further down the page.

Click on the itinerary graphic below for a larger version. You can also download a printable PDF version of the full itinerary if you click here.

Friday May 31st: 

Event Sold Out

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT – The 2019 Rhododendron Walking Festival will kick off in St Paul’s Community Centre Clogheen at 19.15 (Eircode E21 T264). This is a Dinner Theatre Event featuring the wonderful ‘Faulty Towers Dining Experience’ – https://bit.ly/2FVQryk

  • At 19.15 guests will gather for ‘pre-theatre’ drinks at the Community Hall in the centre of Clogheen Village.
  • All you need for the evening’s entertainment will be available in the hall. Do remember to have a designated driver, or number of a taxi/hackney, if you intend to have alcohol.
  • The event proper will get underway at 19.45.
  • Just sit back, relax and enjoy the riotous entertainment on offer.
  • Food is provided by Eileen Condon from Newcastle. Please let us know on your booking form if you have specific dietary requirements.
  • Cost: €35 per person – limited to 4 people per booking.

Saturday June 1st:

A, B & C grade walks along the 25km Knockshanahullion & Clogheen Loop Trails above Clogheen village. All walks check-in at Clogheen Community Hall – (Eircode E21 T264).

  • Walk 1 – 25km Knockshanahullion Loop
    • A Grade Walk – Suitable for fit, experienced walkers
    • Check in at Clogheen Community Hall – 09.00
    • Walk begins at 9.30 – bring walking boots, this is a hike.
    • Hot meal in Clogheen Hall on return 
    • Price for this event is €25
    • Book A Walk Now
  •  Walk 2 – 14km Knockshanahullion Half Loop
    • B Grade Walk –
    • Check in at Clogheen Community Hall – 11.30
    • Bus to the Sheep Pens on Araglin Road at 12.00
    • Walking shoes/boots required
    • Hot meal in Clogheen Hall on return 
    • Price for this event is €25
    • Book B Walk Now
  • Walk 3 – 8km Clogheen Loop
    • C Grade Walk – suitable for casual walkers
    • Check in at Clogheen Community Hall – 13.00
    • Walk departs at 13.30 – runners or walking shoes should suffice
    • Walk travels behind Clogheen along foothills of the Knockmealdown Mountains
    • Hot meal in Clogheen Hall on return 
    • Price for this event is €15
    • Book C Walk Now
  • Car Parking will be available along the street in Clogheen with buses from there to walk starting points where applicable.

Saturday June 1st:

For those who do not wish to participate in walking events, there will be a ‘Wellness Event‘ in the afternoon at The Sallows in Lower Main St., Clogheen. Registration for event is at 14.00 with event beginning at 14.30.

Linda from Lavender Lane will be available with a selection of products from the Lavender Lane line.

The event will last for approximately 2 hours and refreshments will be available at the Sallows afterwards.

Tickets limited to just 30 places.

Entry fee is €5.

Book Your Ticket Now.

Sunday June 2nd:

12km and 8km Rhododendron walking trail loops from St. Paul’s Community Centre, Clogheen – (Eircode E21 T264). Also, a 6km downhill walk from Baylough car park to Clogheen.

All walks pass Baylough and offer beautiful views of Rhododendron plants in bloom.

  • Walk 4 – 12km Rhododendron Loop is a path re-opened in 2018, climbing over the back of Baylough and walking down to Loughglenbridge. It takes in some of the most breathtaking views of Rhododendrons in bloom in the country.
    • Grade B Walk – Moderate level of fitness required.
    • 10.30 – walkers sign in at Clogheen Community Centre.
    • 11.00 – walk begins. It will take 3-4 hours depending on fitness levels.
    • Book Knockmealdown Loop Now
  • Walk 5 – 8km Rhododendron Low Loop will take in some of the foothills of the Knockmealdown Mountains, climbing to Baylough and on to Loughglenbridge, including areas with swathes of Rhododendrons in bloom.
    • Shorter Grade B Walk – Moderate level of fitness required.
    • 11.30am – walkers sign in at Clogheen Community Centre.
    • 12.00 – walk begins. It should take 1.5-3 hours depending on fitness levels.
    • Suitable for children over 10 – not suitable for buggies.
    • Book Rhododendron Low Loop Now
  • The 6km Baylough Descent linear walk will take in the entire gamut of views from the car-park above Baylough. Participants will be bused to the car-park. From here they will walk downhill, admiring all the beautiful views, all the way back to Clogheen Community Centre.
    • 12.30am – walkers sign in at Clogheen Community Centre.
    • 13.00 – bus to Baylough car park. The descent will take about an hour, but there’s no great hurry, admire the views, it’s all downhill.
    • Suitable for children over 7 – not suitable for buggies.
    • Book Baylough Descent Now

On Return to Clogheen Community Centre:

    • Refreshments for all participants.
    • The Fogues will provide entertainment for the afternoon.


Monday June 3rd

  • Walk 7 & Family Fun Day at Glengarra Wood.
  • Registration at Glengarra Car Park, Burncourt from 10.30 (Google Maps Reference)
  • 11am – 5km Walk to Hostel and back  – event suitable for over 7’s
  • 11:15 – 2km walk suitable for under 7’s & buggies.
  • Both are C Grade walks suitable for casual walkers with a moderate level of fitness.
  • Followed by:
    Fun day at Glengarra Car Park – all gather for a teddy bears’ picnic (bring your own teddy bear, prize for best dressed bear), Teepee Making Demo, make an insect hotel, squirrel hunt, fairy door making, face painting and much more. Ice cream, bbq, tea & coffee for sale.
  • Cost: €5 per family
  • Book Glengarra Family Fun Day Now

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