Durrow - Attanagh - Ballyouskill Alternative Loop
A Durrow Community Bike Hire Trail
Look Out For:
Durrow Brick Memorial at Derry Wood Entrance
Attanagh Post Office – Ballyouskill Church – Rosconnell Church
Aylward’s Rural Heritage Museum
Dunne’s Nurseries & Garden Centre
Distance: 13.92KM – 8.64 Miles
Elevation: Gain 102M
Starting Point Durrow
This straightforward loop begins in Durrow, Co. Laois, and can be classed as a cycle of moderate difficulty. You depart Durrow, on the N77 Kilkenny Road, and after passing Knockatrina and Derry Woods, where a memorial to the history of Durrow Brick, can be found at the entrance to Derry Wood, take the first left hand turn, and immediately you will cycle over the River Nore, on what is known as Tallyho Bridge.
Continue on to Attanagh, which was once the home to Attanagh Railway Station, and the Durrow Brick & Tile Company. Attanagh Post Office is situated on the left hand side as you enter the village, and at the crossroads just beyond, bear right onto the L5837, and over the small humpbacked bridge. Then take the first left which will bring you onto the R432, and left again at the next T junction bringing you to Ballyouskill Village, where you will find The Wheel In, and Ballyouskill Church
After departing Ballyouskill, take the first left, which will bring you to Rosconnell Church on your left hand side, as the road veers sharp left, just before Rosconnell Bridge, which passes over the Ouveg River. The remains of the ancient parish Church of Rosconnell, and the ruins of a 13th century abbey, which was restored in 1646, but destroyed by Cromwell, just four years later, are situated at the site.
Continue along the route until you come to Garraun Cross, where you turn right and immediately left, at this staggered junction. At the next T junction turn left, taking you through the townsland of Lisbigney on the L5737. Again you will arrive at a T-junction, turn left, continue on to Brandra Crossroads, where you continue straight, arriving a short distance later at the junction to the main N77 road, at Aylward’s Rural Heritage Museum. Turn left for Durrow!