Things to do in Kilmihil

There are events going on in the village all the time, these are featured on the What’s On page.

If you want something a little more tranquil here are a few suggestions:

Go for a walk

The most well known walk in Kilmihil is the Slí na Sláinte, a 4.6km walk that starts at Newtown Junction (The Y shaped junction opposite St Michael’s Community College).

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There are panoramic views of the countryside at points along the way. The route is signposted.  Start 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. This walk is a daytime walk.

A PDF map of the walk can be downloaded from the Irish Trails website here.

Visit the Shrine & 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, a very tranquil place to sit and contemplate.

St Michael's Shrine Kilmihil

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.

Take a picnic to 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.

knockalough picnic area

During August Bank Holiday the lake is the focus of zorbing, canoeing, swimming and barbeques as the village celebrate Kilmihil Festival of Fun.

Head out for a cycle ride

The landscape around Kimihil is very beautiful and rolls away before you with panoramic views and some spectacular hedgerows. The location is a favourite with cycling clubs due to the variety of terrain and long, relatively quiet roads. Some of the hills can be challenging but you can always get off and push. There are lots of circular routes that will enable you to see a good variety of landscapes before returning to your starting point.