On the outskirts of Balla are ruins of a round tower and Christian monastery. The entire trail takes a few days or you can select from one of the sections, which include Balla to Clogher, Clogher to Killavally, Killavally to Aghagower, Aghagower to Murrisk.
Passing through undulating fields, woodland and raised bogland, the trail traverses ancient paths trodden by early Christians and goes through small villages along the way. or interesting flora, pay attention in Brackloon Woods, which is home to a rare oakwood from centuries ago.
Castles and churches come into view along the way and in Aghagower, the 12th century church with adjacent round tower are quite special. The Clogher Heritage Centre is a great detour to observe a working blacksmith making horseshoes in his forge. You could spend several days walking the trail and stay in accommodation along the way. Tourists and locals alike enjoy the annual two-day Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Walking Festival, held in March to raise money for charity. This is a guided walk where you will discover local folklore and myths. The first leg of the journey covers Balla to Kilavally which is 27 km long. On day two the trek from Aughagower to Murrisk covers 19 km. Once you arrive in Murrisk, the spirit might move you to climb the steep 760 metre slope of Croagh Patrick where the views will certainly reward you.