There is an active programme of events in Kilmihil which are highlighted on our What's On page, but sometimes you just want to do your own thing, so here are some activities that don't need booking or planning.

Walks Around Kilmihil

Kilmihil Sli WalkThe most well known walk in Kilmihil is the Slí na Sláinte, a 4.6km walk that starts at Newtown Junction. There are panoramic views of the countryside at points along the way. The route is signposted, to follow turn left at Newtown Junction and walk downhill for over 1km. Turn right at Bessy's Cross onto a bog road and walk towards the next junction, Lisbawn Cross, which is over 1km away. Turn right and walk uphill, continuing along the road for 1.6km until you return to the starting point in Kilmihil village.

A PDF map of the walk can be downloaded from the Irish Trails website here (this link will open in a new window)



More Walks but We Need Your Help

Many years ago a member of the parish documented eight walks around Kilmihil, these were in a printed document accompanied by a map with numbered points to take in the view. Sadly we no longer have the map or leaflet but we still have the descriptions! These are in the attached PDF file.

We would love to recreate the document and also update the walks to reflect the changes caused by time and increased traffic. If anyone has a copy of the original leaflet please could you email a scan to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Alternatively if anyone can update us from their local knowledge or provide images of the points mentioned in the descriptions we would be very grateful, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Link to PDF of Kilmihil Walks (Adobe Reader will be required to view this item)

Places to Visit

Knockalough Lake

To the east of Kilmihil lies Knockalough Lake with its eye-catching islet containing the ruins of Knockalough Castle. There are two picnic areas with parking on the lake shore. The picnic areas are maintained by the local Tidy Towns Group with assistance from FAS and contain willow features and a small pavilion where you can sit and enjoy the view. During August Bank Holiday the lake is the focus of zorbing, canoeing, swimming and barbeques as the village celebrate Kilmihil Festival of Fun.

Images of Knockalough Lake

St Michael's Shrine and Holy Well

In the centre of the village on Main Street is St Michaels Shrine and Holy Well. An oasis of calm with beautiful flowerbeds and hanging baskets. The current shrine dates from the 1930s but the well has been a place of pilgrimage since the 1600s. The old graveyard and ruined church of St Michael, from which the village takes its name, can be clearly seen from the shrine. Mass is still said in the shrine on special occasions during the year.

Images of St Michael's Shrine