Walking in Ireland

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Landscapes of IRELAND: walks and car tours

by Andreas Stieglitz

This great series has never let us down, great walks, accurate, well researched and off the beaten path. (Panni, Amazon.com)

This was a useful book for a coach touring trip to Ireland… good selection of walks and car tours. (AJF, Amazon)

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Description

IrelandIreland is a country of unmatchable landscapes that never fail to give you a satisfying sense of discovery — from the magnificently wooded Killarney lakeland to the stark moonscapes of the Burren, from the sheer cliffs, exposed headlands and sand-fringed coves of the indented west coast to the wild misty hills in Donegal, from the dazzling Giant’s Causeway to secluded loughs hidden in turf-laden mountains. Steeped in legend and history, Ireland has cairns, stone circles, standing stones, ring-forts and countless burial sites, all testifying to diverse Neolithic cultures. These exciting archaeological finds will be special attractions whether you are walking in Ireland or touring Ireland by car.

The richness of Ireland is not only reflected in its varied landscapes, myth-drenched sites and historic monuments, but also in its picturesque villages, lively towns and snug pubs where all the locals meet. But most of all it is the people that really count. They really are friendlier, known for their hospitality, and rightly so.

Area covered: both the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland, with the focus on the mountainous coastal regions.

The best months for walking in Ireland are from May to September — but be prepared for showers, whatever the month!

Where to stay

Since this guide book covers the whole country, only a few walks will be within easy reach if you have only one base. A holiday touring Ireland by car, on the other hand, staying somewhere different every couple of days, would enable you to sample a wide selection of walks. A particularly good base for a holiday of three days to a week is Killarney, with about half a dozen walks in southwest Ireland nearby.

Edition/contents etc

14 car tours, 22 long and short walks, 30 picnic suggestions
136 pages + touring map; large-scale (1:50,000) topo maps
4th ed, 2010; ISBN 978-1-85691-385-0; UK retail price £12.99 / USA retail price $17.99

Table of contents:

Preface 5
Recommended books 6
Getting about 7
Picnicking 8
Picnic suggestions 8

TOURING 12
1 DUBLIN BEYOND THE PALE – THE WICKLOW MOUNTAINS 14
2 THE SOUTHEAST 19
3 KILKENNY AND TIPPERARY – WHERE THE HEART OF IRELAND BEATS 21
4 WEST CORK – THE IRISH RIVIERA 26
5 THE RING OF BEARA 30
6 THE RING OF KERRY 35
7 THE DINGLE PENINSULA 39
8 THE HAUNTING LANDSCAPES OF THE BURREN 44
9 GALWAY, CONNEMARA AND JOYCE’S COUNTRY 47
10 MAYO, AROUND IRELAND’S SACRED MOUNTAIN 50
11 SLIGO, BENBULBIN AND YEATS’S COUNTRY 53
12 ISOLATED LANDSCAPES IN THE FAR NORTH – DONEGAL 57
13 THE ANTRIM COAST AND THE GIANT’S CAUSEWAY 62
14 COUNTY DOWN – A LIVING HERITAGE 65

Country code for walkers and motorists 68

WALKING
Waymarking, guides 70
Maps 71
Right of way 71
What to take 72
Climate and weather 73
Mountain safety 74
Where to stay 75
Organisation of the walks 76

THE WICKLOW MOUNTAINS
1 Glendalough – the monastery, The Spink, and Poulanass Waterfall 78
2 Glendalough – along the Upper Lake into the Glenealo Valley 82
3 Lough Dan 84

BEARA PENINSULA
4 Allihies and the Slieve Miskish Mountains 87
5 Bear Island 90
6 Glen Inchaquin 92

IVERAGH PENINSULA
7 Muckross and the Killarney National Park 94
8 From Lord Brandon’s Cottage along Old Kenmare road to Muckross House 99
9 Carrauntoohil, the highest mountain in Ireland 103
10 Derrynane 106
11 From Waterville round Lough Currane 108

DINGLE PENINSULA
12 Anascaul 111
13 Mount Eagle 113

THE WEST COAST
14 The Burren 115
15 Connemara National Park 119
16 Along Killary Harbour to Rosroe 121
17 Inishbofin 123
18 Croagh Patrick 125
19 Kings Mountain and Benbulbin 127

DONEGAL
20 Slieve League 129

NORTHERN IRELAND
21 The Giant’s Causeway 131
22 Glenariff Forest Park 133

Transport timetables 134
Index 135
Glossary 136
Fold-out touring map inside back cover

Guidebook index

Aasleigh Falls 50-1
Aghadoe Church & Round Tower 38
Aghaviller Monastic Site 21
Aillwee Cave 44, 46
Alcock & Brown Monument 10, 48
Allihies 30, 31, 87, 88-9, 89
Anascaul (village, lake) 39, 111, 112, 112
Anharc Mór 58, 129, 130
Antrim Coast 62-4
Ardara 57, 58
Ardglass 65, 66
Ardgroom 30, 32
Ardmore 19, 20
Arklow 14, 18
Audley’s Castle 66
Aughnanure Castle 47
Avoca 17
Avondale Forest Park 14, 17
Ballina 50, 52
Ballycastle 62, 64
Ballyconneely 48
Ballycrovane Ogham Stone 32, 34
Ballydehob 28
Ballydonegan Beach 31
Ballyferriter 39, 41
Ballyhack 19
Ballynahinch Castle 47, 48
Ballynalacken Castle 44
Ballyporeen 24
Ballyvaghan 44, 45
Baltimore 26, 28
Bantry 26, 28
Barley Lake 34
Barnesmore Gap 57, 61
Bear Haven 30
Bear Island 30, 34, 90, 91
Beara Peninsula 2, 6, 9, 32-3, 87, 88-9, 89
Ring of, The 30-4
Way, The 87, 88-9, 90, 91

Beaufort 35, 38
Benbulbin 54, 55, 127, 128, 128
Black Head 44, 45
Blasket Islands 40-1
Blennerville 42, 43
Blessington 14, 16
Brandon (village) 43
Mountain 42, 110
Point 4, 39, 43

Brittas Bay 14, 18
Bunglass (village) 57, 58, 129
Cliffs of 129, 130
Burren, The 44-6, 45, 115, 116-7, 118
Way, The 116-7
Burtonport 59
Bushmills 62, 64
Cahir 21, 23, 24
Cahir Park 8
Cahirciveen 35, 37
Cappoquin 21, 22
Carnlough 62
Carrauntoohil (mountain) 103, 104, 105
Carrick 57, 58
Carrick-a-Rede 62, 63
Carrick-on-Suir 21, 22
Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery 53, 56
Cashel 21, 25
Castlebar 50, 52
Castlegregory 39, 43
Castlemaine 39
Castlemartyr 20
Castletown-Bearhaven 30
Castletownshend 26, 27
Castle Ward 65, 66
Castlewellan 65, 67
Cleggan 47, 48
Clifden 47, 48
Cliffony 53, 54
Cloghane 43
Clogheen 21, 24
Cloghoge River 15, 84, 85, 86
Clonakilty 26, 27
Clonbur 49
Clonmel 21, 22
Clough 66
Comber 65, 69
Cong 47, 49
Connemara National Park 47, 48, 49, 119, 119, 120
Connor Pass 39, 42, 111
Coomakesta Pass 35, 37
Cork, 19, 20, 26
Corrofin 44, 46
Craggagh (village, tomb) 44, 45
Creevelea Abbey 10, 54, 56
Creevykeel 55
Croagh Patrick (mountain) 50, 51, 124-5, 126, 126
Crookhaven 9, 27, 28
Crossmolina 50, 52
Cushendall 62, 63
Cushendun 62, 63
Delamont Country Park 68
Delphi 50
Derreen Gardens 9, 30, 32
Derrybawn Mountain 78, 82-3
Derrynane 10, 35, 37, 38, 106, 107, 107
Dhulough Pass 50
Dingle 1, 13, 37, 39, 40, 42
Dingle Peninsula 4, 10, 39-43
Dinish Island and Cottage 9, 35, 96-7
Donegal 57, 58-9, 61
Downpatrick 65, 66, 67
Dromahair 53, 56
Drumbeg Stone Circle 27
Drumcliff 53,54
Dunboy Castle 30
Dundrum 66
Dungarvan 19, 20
Dungloe 57, 59
Dunluce Castle 62-3, 64
Dunquin 39, 40
Dunseverick Castle 64, 131, 132
Dursey Sound 30, 31
Dysert O’Dea 44, 46
Ennis 44, 46
Errew Abbey 10, 50, 52
Eyeries 30, 31
Fanore Beach 45, 115, 116-7, 118
Fermoyle Beach 43
Gallarus Oratory 41
Galway 47
Gap of Dunloe 38
Garretstown Strand 26
Giant’s Causeway 11, 62, 64, 131, 132
Glandore 27
Glenakeefe River 8, 21, 23
Glenarm 62
Glenarriff Forest Park 11, 62, 63, 64, 133
Glenbeigh 35, 37
Glencar 10, 35, 36, 38
Glencar Lough 52, 53
Glencar Waterfall 53
Glencolumbkille 11, 57, 58
Glendalough 8, 14, 16-7, 18, 78, 79, 80-1, 82-3, 83
Glenealo River 79, 82-3
Glengarriff Nature Reserve 9, 26, 29, 30, 34
Glengesh Pass 57, 58
Gleniff Horseshoe Road 53, 55
Glen Inchaquin 9, 33, 92, 92, 93
Gleninsheen Wegde Tomb 46
Glenveagh Natonal Park 11, 57, 60, 61
Goleen 28
Gougane Barra 9, 26, 29
Grange 54
Hags Glen (Carrauntoohil) 103, 104, 105
Ilnacullin 9, 30
Inch 39
Inishbofin 48, 122-3, 124
Iveragh Peninsula 36-7, 106, 107
Keimaneigh, Pass of 26, 29
Kenmare 30, 33
Kerry, Ring of 35-8, 108-9, 110
Way, The 103
Kilcar 57
Kilcrohane 26, 28
Kilfenora 44, 46
Kilgeever Abbey 10, 50, 51
Kilkenny 21
Kilkiernan High Crosses 22, 23
Killarney (town) 35, 38, 95
Lakes 10, 36, 94-8, 96-7
Killary Harbour 48, 49, 50, 120-1, 122
Killinaboy 46
Killough 66
Killybegs 57
Killyleagh 68
Kilmaganny 21
Kilmalkedar Church 42
Kilree Monastic Site 21
Kings Mountain 127, 128
Kinsale 26
Knocknarea Mountain 53, 54, 56
Knockgraffon Motte 21, 25
Knockmealdown Mountains 23-5
Kylemore Abbey 47-9
Ladies’ View (Killarney) 9, 35, 36
Lahardaun 52
Laragh 14, 16
Lauragh 30, 32
Leamaneh Castle 46
Leenaun 47, 50
Lehanore Ring Fort 30, 31
Lehinch 44
Letterfrack 47, 49, 119, 120
Letterkenny 57, 60
Liffey River 16
Liscannor 44
Lisdoonvarna 44
Lismore 21, 23
Lissadel House 54
Liss Ard Experience 27
Lord Brandon’s Cottage 98-9, 100
Lough
Anascaul 39, 111, 112, 112
Caragh 35, 38
Currane 108-9, 110, cover
Dan 15, 84-5, 86
Eske 57, 61
Gill 53, 56
Ine 26, 27
Leane 36, 95, 96-7, 99

Macgillycuddy’s Reeks (mountains) 10, 38, 103, 104
Manorhamilton 53, 55
Maum Cross 47
Maumturk Mountains 47
Meenaneary 58
Meeting of the Waters (Co Wicklow) 14, 17
Milltown Malbay 44
Minard Castle 39
Mitchelstown Caves 21, 24
Mizen Head 26, 28, 29
Moher, Cliffs of 10, 44, 46
Moll’s Gap 35, 36
Mount Eagle 40-1, 113, 114
Mount Stewart 65
Mourne Mountains 67
Muckross
Friary 94, 96-7, 98
House 35, 94, 96-7, 98, 102
Lake 35, 94, 95, 96-7

Mullaghmore 53-4, 55
Murlough Bay 11, 62, 63
Murreagh 41
Murrisk 50, 51, 125, 126, 126
Narin (Naran) 59
Nendrum 67, 69
Newcastle (Co Down) 65, 66
Newcastle (Co Tipperary) 22
Newmills 60
Newtownards 65, 69
Oughterard 47
Parke’s Castle 56
Passage East 19
Pollaphuca Reservoir 8, 16
Portaferry 65
Portrush 62, 64
Poulanass Waterfall 78, 81, 82-3
Poulnabrone Dolmen 46
Powerscourt House (gardens, waterfall) 8, 14, 15
Rathcormack 53, 54
Rathdrum 14, 17, 18
Recess 47
Rosroe 120-1, 122
Ross Castle 35, 98-9, 102
Rossbeigh Strand 35, 37
Rosses Point 53
Roundstone 47
Roundwood 14
Russborough House 14, 16
St John’s Point 66
Sally Gap 14, 15
Schull 26, 28
Skibbereen 26, 28
Silent Valley 65, 67
Slea Head 10, 40-1
Slieve League (mountain) 58, 129, 130
Slieve Mish Mountains 39, 43
Slieve Miskish Mountains 30-1, 32-3, 88-9
Sligo 53, 56
Sneem 35, 36
Spelga Dam 65, 67
Spink, The 78, 79, 82-3
Staigue Fort 35, 37
Stradbally (Co Kerry) 43
(Co Waterford) 19, 20
Strandhill 53, 56
Strangford 65
Strangford Lough 65, 69
Stranorler 61
Struell Wells 11, 66
Suir River 9, 19, 22, 24
Swiss Cottage, The (Cahir) 21, 24, 25
Teelin 57
Timoleague Abbey 26
Tintern Abbey 8, 11, 19, 20
Tollymore Forest Park 11, 65, 67
Torc Waterfall 94, 96-7, 98
Tralee 39, 43
Tramore 19
Turlough Round Tower 50, 52
Twelve Pins, The (mountains) 47, 48, 119
Unionhall 27
Vee, The 21, 24
Ventry 40, 108-9
Waterford 19
Waterville 35, 37, 108-9, 110
Wegde Grave 30
Wellingtonbridge 19
Westport 50, 51
Wexford 19
White Strand (Beara Peninsula) 6
Wicklow (town) 14, 18
Gap 14, 16
Mountains 14-18
Way, The 80, 82-3

Youghal 19, 20

Current update

Ireland, 3rd edition (published 2006); updated 28/10/12

Updates for walks and car tours (drives) throughout Ireland given below supplement those provided in the guidebook. It is vital that this Update is read in conjunction with the text of the book, but note that the Update applies only to the edition stated and not to any earlier editions. (If you have an older edition of this book you can “upgrade” to the latest edition at half price.)

Information has been forwarded to us by users of the book, and Sunflower Books offers the data in good faith but cannot be held responsible for any misleading or inaccurate content in the Update. Unless indicated otherwise, what appears here has not been verified by the author or publisher, so please allow due caution when new or amended routes are suggested. Each piece of information is dated; bear in mind that some of the older observations may have since been overtaken by events or further changes. If, during your holiday, you are using the current edition of the guide and are able to provide any additional updating to add to this page, we will be pleased to hear from you. Please send information, preferably by e-mail, to info@sunflowerbooks.co.uk.

We have recently returned from a holiday in Kerry (August 2009) when we used your lovely book, and have a few comments which may be of use to future readers.

Walk 5: we could not find the starting point of this walk alltough we drove the road several times. We decided to start from the same point as Walk 4 begins. Here there are signs which tell to go to the left for Gola su Gorropu and to the right for Tiscali.

Walk 6. This is a lovely walk with magnificent views. On the return to the car-park along the main track you will see signs on the right to a river walk. Do take this as it makes a delightful end to this walk.

Walk 8. Plan this with great care as when we visited the Cottage to check boat times etc. we found that the beginning of the route was almost impassable because of flooding. Some Kerry Way walkers had struggled through, but the water was above-knee depth. They mentioned that they had had to wade through three other such depths along this section of the Kerry Way so clearly, a problem area after heavy rain. We walked this section of the Kerry Way a couple of years ago but were slightly luckier with the water only ankle deep!

Walk 11. There seem to be some significant changes on the section of the Kerry Way after crossing the Capall river (2h). We did not encounter the iron gates mentioned until we had reached the instruction ‘now fork sharp left uphill passing through yet another iron gate with a stile’. From here the best advice we can give is to simply follow the Kerry Way signs as the references to abandoned buildings did not seem to equate to what we found and it seemed as if some were being redeveloped and the track diverted to accommodate this.. However, the Kerry Way markers were fine and following them we made our way to the ‘nose of the ridge’ as mentioned and from there the instructions were as the book.