Girley Bog Looped Walk

"Out on this gently domed mass of bog, I had the sensation of being at sea, afloat on the back of a great grey wave under ecstatic lark song. We lost ourselves in a world of emerald green froglets, spotted orchids, minuscule lichens with scarlet heads like matchsticks, golden rods of bog asphodel and sundews engulfing motionless flies."

So wrote Christopher Somerville in his book Walking in Ireland - 50 walks through the heart and soul of Ireland, of his experience on Girley Bog. Girley Bog is one of Ireland's few remaining raised bogs, an increasingly rare wetland habitat in Europe. 

Features of the walk 

  • Learn how raised bogs are formed and why it is important to conserve them
  • Spring & Summer bring wonderful displays of wild flowers - see wild orchids, insect eating plants such as the Sundew, Bog Asphodel, Sphagnum moss, the bog builder, and many types of lichen and fungi.
  • Discover Ireland's native plants and the folklore that surrounds them
  • Frogs and newts are also visible depending on the time of year
  • Forage for wild strawberries, raspberries and bilberries in the Summer months
  • Dragonflies, Butterflies and Moths

Research & Conservation

Directions to Trailhead

From Dublin, follow the signs for Cavan/Navan and the N3 which lead to the M3 motorway. From Blanchardstown, it is 40 minutes to Kells. Take the exit for the N52 towards Mullingar and continue on this road for approximately four miles. There is a small brown sign that says "Looped Walk Trailhead" on the left hand side. This leads to the trailhead car park. PLEASE NOTE: This entrance is on the N52, and cannot be accessed from the Girley Parish entrance off the R164. 

Walk Duration

Half-day  - Waterproof footwear recommended. Grade: Easy, although some rough terrain

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