Bolus Barracks Loop

County Kerry
6 reviews
Grade Moderate
Length 5.9 km
Am 2 hours 30 minutes
Format Loop
Ascent 270 m
Dogs Allowed No
Waymarking Purple arrow
Start Point
US Navy Liberator Monument, Ducalla, Ballinskelligs
Finish Point
US Navy Liberator Monument, Ducalla, Ballinskelligs
Nearest Town to Start Ballinskelligs
Grid Ref. V 388 650
Lat. and Long. 51.814166, -10.337188

This walk includes minor road, hillside paths and green road to reach the end of Bolus Head and pass along high cliffs before rising to the ruins of a signal tower perched on top of a steep climb and descending to return to the start. It offers spectacular views of cliffs, the Skelligs, St Finian's Bay, Ballinskelligs Bay and the open Atlantic Ocean.

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Rik Jacobs from Netherlands

What a great loop walk! We did it clockwise so we had a somewhat gentle ascent and a slightly steeper descent. The weather was grey, we HAVE to come back one day...

Paul V from Netherlands

Very nice trail, spectacular views on Skellig Islands, coast line and Irish country side. Counter clock wise more challenging than clock wise. Sheep included along the trail ;-)

EOIN from Dublin

Fantastic scenery on this walk. Not too steep but a lot of water on the ground when we walked it at the end of October. Took just over two hours and was really enjoyable. Could be better signposted.

Barry from Limerick

Stupendous loop walk! It's more like 8 KM long. Walking it backwards/clockwise makes for better views.

Katty from Belgium

Lovely walk- beautiful views

Conor from Dublin

A well marked trail with amazing views of the Skelligs. There's a small parking area for the trail so keep driving until you reach it, rather than parking at the side of the road. If you're fit the trail from the car park can be done in about 1 hour and 45 minutes. It can be quite windy at the top. So long as the ground isn't too wet, runners are fine.

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