Running in Limerick
Limerick is an ideal city to explore on foot, run, walk or stroll through the city.
One of the best routes available is the City Centre to the University of Limerick Riverbank Walk.
This 3.25km shared walkway/cycleway weaves its way through a special area of conservation along the River Shannon from Limerick City centre to the University of Limerick campus. The route also boasts a range of outdoor fitness equipment for all to enjoy!
The route has been provided with new public lighting and CCTV cameras to improve usability into the late evenings. Seating is available at locations along the route to allow people to take a rest while admiring the beautiful surroundings.
From the city centre, the route starts at the Absolute Hotel Limerick and ends at the UL Boat House.
Another route if you want to explore the city centre is The Three Bridges Slí na Sláinte which is a 3.6km walk beginning at Arthur's Quay Park and following a stunning route along the banks of the River Shannon and passing some of Limerick's most iconic landmarks.
If time is of the essence the Three Bridges route is an excellent way to get a sense of the city.
King's Island Slí na Sláinte is a 3.3km route which starts in the heart of Limericks King John's Castle.
Passing the restored Bishop's Palace (now Civic Trust), St Munchin's Church and Villier's Almshouses, walk towards King's Island Bridge and the River Shannon, marking the start of the traffic-free King's Island Walkway.
The riverside trail passes the ESB salmon weir and continues through a large wetlands Special Area of Conservation.
At the 2Km mark, an old Military Cemetery can be seen to one side with the Abbey River to the other.
At the O'Dwyer Bridge, the Athlunkard Boat Club sits beside the river. The trail turns onto Athlunkard Street and passes St. Mary's RC Church. Turn right to walk alongside the old Walls of Limerick on the Island Road and return to the starting point at the historic Castle.