Cailleach Beara Loop - Bonane Beara

Walking
County Kerry
4.7/5
2 reviews
Grade Strenuous
Length 12 km
Time 4 hours
Format Loop
Ascent 390 m
Dogs Allowed No
Waymarking Purple arrow on white background
Start Point
Molly Gallivans Visitor Centre, Bonane
Finish Point
Molly Gallivans Visitor Centre, Bonane
Nearest Town to Start Bonane/Kenmare
Grid Ref. V 921 621
Lat. and Long. 51.8006767, -9.5620704

This loop takes you up Releagh Hill and from the valley floor to the heights of Esk Mountain with a fine ridge walk to Turner's Rock. On laneways, woodland tracks, cross country and hillside, there are fine views of the valley and the Sheehy and Caha Mountains. There is a steep descent towards the end.

Facilities

Car park

OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheet 85
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4.7/5
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5/5
11/05/2017

Peter from Cork

Well-marked trail starting from Molly Gallivan's on the main N71 between Glengarriff and Kenmare. Sites of interest (Mass Rock, Copper Mines, Neolithic field systems, rock-cut road tunnels etc) are marked with white poles. Can be very boggy on the ridge and there is a short but steep descent where metal poles are hammered into the rocks for support. Great views south over Bantry Bay and North into Kerry as far as Carrantouhill.

4/5
07/13/2014

Jo from Cork

Very pleasant hike. Took about 3 hours. Lovely views of surrounding countryside. Plenty of route markers. Even though it was a dry day it was slightly boggy in places so be prepared if it is raining/ has been raining. Just one steepish climb to get up onto the ridge - and a steepish descent on the downside too, but other than that its fairly easy going. All in all would recommend.

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