Saturday 26th October
A Walk 9:00 am – Ballybrack, Brandon, Piaras More, Ballinknockane
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 An Baile Breac and will collect walkers at the finish at Ballinknockane.
Walk rating: Strenuous 11 km, 5 hours
B Walk 10:00 am- Loch Túairín Mharta ( Martha’s Haggart)
Walkers will be bused to Caomh Dubh and from there will walk to Annascaul lake. From there we will ascend to Cnoc Mhaoilionan and from there to Loch Thuraian Mharta. We return via Garbhatha to the lake.
C Walk 11:00 am- Bánóg Loop
This is a road walk from the village. The route will be Hanafin’s Pub to Baile and Chlair to Banog and back to the village of Annascaul
Sunday 27th October
A Walk 9 am – Binn ós Gaoith (879m)
This demanding walk starts with walkers being bussed to Coumdubh Cross and walking onwards to Lake Annascaul. The climb then starts in an NW direction before turning NE to ascend the peak. The peak provides panoramic views over Brandon Bay to the north and back into Tralee Bay to the NE. We return to the village on the same route.
B Walk 10 am – Ardroe -Meelin Hill -Ardrinane
This 7.5 Km loop incorporating three peaks is within easy reach of the village and is the ideal introduction to hillwalking 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. Walkers will be bussed to Inch and from there we walk to Ardroe, Meelin Ridge and back to Annascual village.
C Walk 11:00 am – Heritage Walk – River Walk to Lake
This walk, on-road and riverside path follow the path of the river that drains Lake Annascaul. The walk starts and ends in the South Pole Inn and is a moderate walk with one or two gentle climbs on the recently completed River Walk. ((Siuloid hAbhann)
Bank Holiday Monday 28th October
A Walk through History
A Historical Society has recently been set up in Annascaul primarily to commemorate the centenary of Ballinclare Ambush which took place on August 1920.
A guided walk through key sites associated with the ambush with commentary by John Hanafin. This will take place on October 28th. The meeting point is Hanafin’s Bar.
There is no charge for this walk.
|Saturday||B||Loch Túairín Mharta||15|
|Sunday||A||Binn os Gaoith||20|
|Sunday||B||Ardroe -Meelin Hill -Ardrinane||15|
|Monday||All levels||Historical walk||Free|
Registration for all walks will take place at Hanfin’s bar in main street Annascaul.
Registration for Saturday walks will take place on Friday night from 7 pm. until 9:30 pm. 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 Hanafin’s after each walk on Saturday and Sunday, 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.