Friday 26th October
Friday Night Walk: Tom Crean Trail. 7:30.
Enjoy our night walk on the quiet rural Pound road with night views of the village and beautiful countryside. We will visit the final resting place of Tom Crean at Ballinacourty Graveyard.
Walk rating: Easy, 2 hours, 5Km
Saturday 27th October
A Walk: Maumnahaltora, Start 9 am
Walk rating: Difficult. 3.5 hours, 15.6Km
B Walk: Macha na Bó, Start 10 am
This is an inspiring walk following in the historic footsteps of the Cromwellian forces pursuit of Walter Hussey across the mountains during the Anglo Irish conflict in the seventeenth century and the Mass path of Mary (Maca na Bó) O’Donnell one of the great characters of local folklore.
Walkers will be bussed to the north side of the peninsula to start the walk at Báile Dubh. The walk begins with a small boreen that quickly opens to a beautiful U shaped glacial valley with impressive peaks on both sides and a valley floor that is home to wild horses. Three waterfalls visible at the end of the valley, drain the uplands and feed the river.
At the end of the valley are the nostalgic ruins of the O’Donnell homestead. Here two sisters lived a life of self-sufficiency in this isolated valley until the 1950’s. Hobnailed boots were reserved for special occasions normally attending Church before and after which they were removed, and this rough mountain pass traversed in bare feet.
A sharp 20 min ascent brings you to a crossing of the fast-flowing mountain stream at the Wolf’s Crossing thought to be the location of the last sighting of a wolf in the area (1712). After a short break, another climb brings you to the boggy plateau from which the slopes of Binoskee soar to 826m above Tralee Bay. From here, Brandon Bay, the Magharee Tombola and the North Kerry coast come into view and on a clear day the coast of Clare.
The walk down follows the Economic War roadway beside the river feeding the lake from the north. Some gateways and a more weather-worn track lead to the bridge over the rapid waters of the Garabhath River from where you can see over Annascual lake and across Dingle Bay to the reeks.
We walk past the lake and back to Annascaul on quiet minor roads.
Walk rating: Moderate. 2.5 hours.7.5Km
C Walk: Sean Droichead / Riverwalk 10:30 am
Walk rating: Easy 7.5 km, 3 hours
Sunday 28th October
A Walk: Mount Brandon, Start 9 am
Mount Brandon is Kerry’s holy mountain and at 3,000 feet is a must climb. The summit enjoys all four seasons in one day and offers jaw-dropping views of the western edge of Ireland. Buses will bring walkers to the start at Faha and will collect walkers at the finish at An Baile Breac.
Walk rating: Strenuous 11 km, 5 hours
B Walk: Meelin Hill, Start 10 am
This 7.5 Km loop incorporating three peaks is within easy reach of the village and is the ideal introduction to hill walking in the area. This 300 M elevation provides a stunning platform from which to view Corca Dhuibhne to the north and the Iveragh peninsula from McGillycuddy Reeks westward towards Valentia to the south. Aerial views of Inch beach, Castlemaine harbour and the Maine and Laune river basins complete a tapestry of incomparable beauty.
Walk Rating: Moderate, Time 2.5 hours Terrain road and hill
C Walk: Historic Walk Start 10:30 am
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Registration for all walks will take place at Hanfin’s bar in main street Annascaul.
Registration for Saturday walks, and Brandon Sunday walk will take place on Friday night from 7pm. For all other walks, walkers may register up to one hour before the start time of the walk.
Note that we do not have any credit card facilities and there is not an ATM in the village.
Tea, coffee, soup, and sandwiches will be available in Hanafins after each walk, but walkers are required to provide their own food and water during the walks.
Please respect private parking in the village.
All images courtesy of William Glasgow Howe and Stephen Hand.