Glanageenty loop

County Kerry
13 reviews
Grade Moderate
Length 4 km
Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Format Loop
Ascent 170 m
Dogs Allowed Yes
Waymarking Green arrow on white background
Start Point
Bernard Collins Memorial Car Park at Glanageenty Wood
Finish Point
Bernard Collins Memorial Car Park at Glanageenty Wood
Nearest Town to Start Castleisland
Grid Ref. / Q 945 143
Lat. and Long. 52.26914, -9.544

This loop has a peaceful and tranquil setting where birdlife abounds. It follows forest tracks, riverbank and open country along the Glanageenty River and through woodlands, passing the site of a Desmond Castle. There are glorious vistas of Carrauntoohil, the Gap of Dunloe and Mount Brandon.

Maps and other information

Trail Management


Castleisland - car parking, shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs, accommodation
At trailhead - car parking

OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheet 71
Public Transportation

Public Transportation


13 trail reviews
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Michael from Kerry

Beautiful walk through natural forest and hill. Did the green loop. It's very well signposted. Didn't see any mention of a Desmond castle, maybe it's on the blue loop? The historical references & info boards are very good. Would definitely recommend proper trekking boots. Poured rain on our walk and thus very muddy. The website description tells you the ascent is 170m but it neglects to mention that you'll do all of it in a very condensed, steep rise. Could be hard going if you're not so fit. Overall very enjoyable and certainly worth doing if you're within the vicinity.

Fergus from Kerry

Excellently laid out trail. A lot of "ups and downs" which can be challenging for novices. Could definitely do with more signposting on the routes

Mary from Kerry

Lovely trail but signs are not great. More detailed signs showing how far along the route you are would be beneficial. Some parts had no sign and wasn't certain of much direction to go.

Dave from Kerry

Just completed Lenihan Loop for the first time. Blown away by this place on my doorstep. Just embarrassed this is my first time!!

Vendi from Czech Republic

I did this walk a few months back and the signs are very bad. The trail is well marked at the start but going further into the forest there are no signs for certain loops or at least they were not there a few months back. Otherwise very nice walk.

Helen from Kerry

Very nice walk. A lot of trees knocked after storm. Should have sign in place to warn people some of the trail is not currently accessible.

Wolfgang from Kerry

A very nice trail. Did it February 2nd. A great trail for photographs as well. Easy enough, but you do want to wear proper boots.

Siobhan from Kerry

This is a great walk, particularly if you get a sunny day as the views to distant mountain ranges are excellent. It passes through very diverse landscape with interesting nuggets of historical information highlighted along the way. (Some steep ascents involved.) Really enjoyable!

Noreen from Kerry

Was a great walk. Weather was very wet. Well signposted. Did the longest route.

Kevin from Limerick

Excellent walk and very interesting signs and information on local history along the way. Other trails should take note, this is how its done! Brilliant day out.

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