Category: South-West of Ireland Walks & Routes

Walking the Coomloughra Horseshoe

Some people have a gentle introduction to hill walking while others jump right in at the deep end. In his latest article for Walking and Hiking Ireland, John Quinn describes how his first experience of hill walking led to him becoming addicted to the hobby despite barely being able to walk for a week after the challenge. For John, his first walk was along the famous and revered Coomloughra Horshoe, undoubtedly Irelands most spectactular horseshoe walk. The circuit around Coomloughra is undoubtedly Irelands most spectacular horseshoe walk. Located in the heart of the Macgillycuddy Reeks range in Co. Kerry this breathtaking walk encompasses Irelands three highest peaks Beenkeeragh (1010m), Carrauntoohil (1039m) and Caher (1001m). This route provides the highest altitude walking in the country, with around 5km in excess of 800m. The narrow ridge running between Beenkeeragh and Carrauntoohil offers magnificent views of the surrounding countryside and gives the hill walker a far greater feeling of reaching the summit of the world than any other approach to Carrauntoohil. Spectacular as the Benkeeragh ridge is crossing it is definitely not to be recommended without the assistance of experienced hill walkers and is probably not for those of a nervous disposition or who have a bad head for heights. Read more [...]

Carrauntoohil by O’Sheas Gully

This is a magnificent, very enjoyable and very demanding trek to the summit of Ireland's highest mountain. In recent times it is becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to the Devils ladder approach. The walk begins after parking in Cronin's Yard and the initial route is the same as for the Devils ladder ascent. After crossing the Gaddagh river proceed for 15-20 minutes before branching off to the right along a well beaten path. This winding path is rather steep and exposed in a few places Read more [...]

Kerry Way, Kells to Glenbeigh

Nathan Kingerlee describes the beautiful high-level section of the Kerry Way running from Kells to Glenbeigh. Read more [...]