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

The starting point is at Maumnahaltora, close to the highest point of the Tralee Dingle road at Glena Galt. The walk begins at the junction of the bog road with the surfaced road at the top of “Military Hill” above Camp.  Initially, the walk is along the bog road in a Southerly direction.  After 1 KM the track swings abruptly left or East but we walk straight ahead and follow the fence which goes straight up the mountain in front.  This is a steep ascent but once the crest of the ridge is attained the next few kilometres is a gently undulating track. We have wonderful views of Dingle Bay and Inch all along this ridge.  After passing several tops, Moanlaur, Knockmore and some unnamed we come to Emlagh. This is the last high point and from there a steep stony descent leads to Inch Glen. We cross the surfaced road and take the unsurfaced track which is part of the Dingle Way.  This ascends gradually for a short while before dropping gently above Inch giving more breathtaking views of Dingle Bay and the Reeks. From there it ascends again to the last high point “Maum”  where we again join a surfaced road.  The last section is downhill for 2.6 km to Annascaul village.

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

 This loop walk begins in the village and crosses the parish’s first bridge at Sean Droichead descending to the deep brooding corrie lake at Comdubh. The walk passes the birthplace of the sculptor, Jerome O’Connor and the resting place of the explorer Tom Crean.

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

Starting in Annascaul village the first section is along the new Annascaul Tralee road for 3 KM.  Here at a junction, we take a minor road left signposted Flemingstown.  We follow this road for s short distance and take the next left turn to Rathduff Graveyard. In this graveyard are historic artefacts and inscribed boulders.  Leaving the graveyard we follow the road Westwards for just under a kilometre where we come to stepping stones over a river. This crossing can be difficult if there is a flood in the river so great care must be taken. We continue straight ahead passing the Sean Droighid bridge till we arrive at the junction of the road not far from Annascaul Lake.  We turn left here and pass a bust of Jerome Connor, another of Annascaul’s famous inhabitants. Continuing on this road we come to another crossroad and go straight across. This secluded lane passes Tom Crean’s grave which we will visit before continuing onwards and taking the second road on our left back to Annascaul.
Walk rating: Easy. 15.5 KM.  About 4 hours 30 minutes.

 

Summary Table

Day Walk Description Price (Euro)
Friday Night Walk Free
Saturday A Maumnahaltora 20
Saturday B Macha na Bó 15
Saturday C Sean Droichead 10
Sunday A Mount Brandon 25
Sunday B Meelin Hill 15
Sunday C Historic Walk 10

 

Registration

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.

Food

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.

Parking

 

Please respect private parking in the village.

 

All images courtesy of William Glasgow Howe and Stephen Hand.