Look forward to a few steady climbs and sharp descents into stunning valleys. Walk along quiet roads, forested tracks, and fields on this section through rugged landscapes.
Ascend out of the Black Valley to find views of Bridia Valley ahead. Follow quiet tarmac and gravel roads, as well as paths through forest, and fields.
Take in views to the wide Caragh River Valley and the range of hills beyond, dominated by the tilted triangular peak of Mulaghanattin (773m). Soon you’ll reach the shores of Lough Acoose, with views beyond to the Dingle Peninsula, western Reeks and Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain (1,039m). Finally, you approach Glencar on the main road.
Cooky Monsters Cafe is worth a visit, this is a very remote cafe that offers home-made refreshments (seasonal)
The main part of the route from Black Valley to Glencar crosses mixed terrain with roads, gravel tracks, and forest paths through Black Valley and Cummeenduff Glen. You will follow an old trade route and there will be sections of rough farmland that may be boggy after rainfall. Although the roads can be quiet it's always best to walk on the right to face any oncoming traffic and make yourself as visible as possible.
Take care on a couple of steep and bouldery descents from the two passes on this section.
There is a risk of ticks in the grass. Use insect repellent and check your body on arrival in Glencar.
Tips and hints
Food & Drink
Before setting off:
Black Valley is a remote, small village with a small shop and not many places to eat, it is best to speak with your host to arrange for a packed lunch to be prepared.
On your way to Glencar:
You will pass Stepping Stone B&B which has a seasonal cafe called Cooky Monster's Cafe, it has a beautiful remote setting.
Your evening meal in Glencar:
Glencar is a remote town with a small shop and a pub, with little choice for an evening meal. Please call your host 48 hours in advance if you would like a meal prepared.
Blackstones House, Glencar
If you are staying at Blackstones House in Glencar, please be advised that this B&B is approx. 5km further along the trail which adds to your total mileage. If you wish to be picked up and transferred to your accommodation for a small fee, please phone Blackstones House B&B directly in advance to arrange this. Details can be found in your itinerary.
Along with your usual gear for a day in the hills, you should consider packing gaiters, poles, and an extra layer along with a solid good-quality pair of waterproof boots of course.