Please note: This trail is currently being upgraded at the Mushera section of the trail ( 52.011803, -8.993739, grid ref: W319 851) and the Paps section of the trail at the Clonkeen side (52.012440, -9.248627, grid ref: W144 853) , walkers can still pass through both sections but please take care. If you require any further information, please contact the Rural Recreation Officer in IRD on 029-60633
IT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT THAT DOGS MUST NOT BE BROUGHT ON THE SHRONE/THE PAPS, MUSHERA AND THE MOUNT LEADER FIELDS (from 52.05075, -9.06831 to 52.04670, -9.06163) AREAS OF THIS TRAIL.
BRINGING DOGS TO THESE AREAS IS PUTTING THE TRAIL AS RISK OF CLOSURE AS LANDOWNERS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE IMPACT ON THIER LIVESTOCK.
THE ONGOING PRESENCE OF DOGS WILL LEAD TO THE CLOSURE OF THE TRAIL
TO KEEP THE HILLS OPEN TO WALKERS IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT LANDOWNERS AND THEIR STOCK ARE RESPECTED.
The Duhallow Way, makes up the first part of the Blackwater Way – a 168 km linear long distance walking route that stretches from the boarders of Country Kerry, across North Cork and into County Waterford, starting in Clydagh and crossing the Derrynasaggart mountain range and following parallel to the River Blackwater.
The Duhallow Way is richly varied in terms of topography and includes contouring sections along mountain flanks with great views, contrasting with views of wild bog, forest roadways, glens, lakes, rivers and stretches of beautiful isolation. The unspoilt landscapes are abounding in plant and animal life, displaying all nature’s colours – emerald green, golden yellow, purple and brown. The Way is an area of rugged beauty, a place which one could explore for days on end, features along the way include passing by ancient monuments such as standing stones, stone circles and cairns, and more modern monuments such as cillins (infant burial grounds) and holy wells. There are no significant ascents apart from the climb of 560m meters under Caherbarnagh and the Paps.
Alannah O’Callaghan (RRO) Tel: 029 60633
Out of office hours contact: Alannah O’Callaghan 086 0849 955
If you are planning on doing the Duhallow Way from start to finish logistically the easiest option is to get dropped at one end and collected at the other. However, there are various points along the way where one can park and walk a short distance to join the Duhallow Way. In each of these locations please leave enough space for a tractor to pass and ensure that you do not block the road or any gates/entrances.
Clonkeen: Parking at Church Duhallow Way starts: W11048 82616
Croohig’s Crossroads: W 22732 89579
Millstreet: Car park W 26901 90276 or Claragh Road: W 26773 89854
Mushera: St. John’s Well W 32140 85719 or End of Mushera/ bottom of Seefin W 34975 86168
Boggeragh: At forestry entrance W 42432 87059
Mossy bed: W 45236 87346
Glenaknockane: W 44162 88482
French’s Road: W 47003 88791 and W 46463 88761
Bweeng: W 49960 88589
Starting at Clonkeen the nearest services are available in Ballyvourney.
Starting at Bweeng, the nearest services are available in Mallow.
Millstreet is halfway point of the trail, services and accommodation available in Millstreet.
IT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT THAT DOGS MUST NOT BE BROUGHT ON THE SHRONE / THE PAPS AND MUSHERA AREAS OF THIS TRAIL AT ANY TIME, NOT EVEN ON A LEAD. BRINGING DOGS IS PUTTING THE TRAIL AT RISK OF CLOSURE. LANDOWNERS ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE IMPACT ON THEIR LIVESTOCK AND THE ONGOING PRESENCE OF DOGS WILL LEAD TO THE CLOSURE OF THE TRAIL.
DOGS ARE NOT PERMITTED ON MUSHERA, ALSO DUE TO SHEEP WORRYING. TO KEEP THE HILLS OPEN TO WALKERS IT IS IMPERATIVE TO RESPECT LANDOWNERS AND STOCK.
21 kms or 31% of the Way follows local roads.
There may be some wet areas underfoot so it is advisable to wear the appropriate footwear.
The Blackwater Way Map Guide - EastWest Mapping - Out of Print
Bus Eireann: 257 Killarney, Co. Kerry to Macroom, Co. Cork (weekdays only)
Irish Rail: Killarney to Millstreet (daily),
Cork Kent to Millstreet (daily – depending on time may have to get connection in Mallow)
Irish Rail: Cork Kent to Rathmore (daily – transfer at Mallow),
Killarney to Rathmore (daily)
Bus Eireann: 257 Killarney, Co. Kerry to Macroom, Co. cork (weekdays only)