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Castletownbere to Eyeries

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  • The colourful houses of Eyeries
    The colourful houses of Eyeries
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An easy going day following rolling country lanes, logging paths and animal trails all the way to the colourful village of Eyeries, a popular spot for filming movies and tv series. 
easy
Distance 14.3 km
3:30 h
314 m
284 m
206 m
3 m
Making your way out of Castletownbere you follow tiny undulating country lanes with wonderful views to the south of Bere Island and its 19th century Martello Towers. Take a couple of stops along the route as you pass by the Bronze Age stone circle of Derrintaggart West and the Teerahiline ring fort. Once you leave the tarmac behind you join a logging trail through the woods as you head straight towards the foot of Miskish Mountain (439M) and onwards to the coast of Coulagh Bay. After navigating open grassland for a short time you then weave your way through grassy lanes passing fields full of sheep before reaching Eyeries and it’s vibrantly coloured buildings. Quite a sight, even on a dull day!

Author’s recommendation

Take a stroll through the Eyeries Sensory Garden, a calming and peacful place to relax whilst you wait for your transfer back to Castletownbere.
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Author
Robbie Thurley
Update: July 05, 2018
Difficulty
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Landscape
Highest point
206 m
Lowest point
3 m
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Safety information

This route follows small country lanes for the majority of it and there are no pavements. Although it's very quiet do make sure you walk on the right so you're facing any oncoming logging or farm traffic.

There is some navigation across open grassland required but the yellow men will be there to help you on your way. If the weather does close in significantly then there is the option of continuing on down the logging track until you pick up the main road into Eyeries. 

Tips and hints

Food & Drink

There is nowhere en route to stop for food so get your supplies before you leave Castletownbere. There are two good sized local supermarkets and a few delis to pick up fresh sandwiches and coffee before you hit the road. If you happen to cover the route quickly and find yourself in Eyeries around lunchtime then there is a local store and two pubs all serving food.

 

Points of Interest

Derrintaggart West

This Bronze Age stone circle is one of one hundred dotted around Ireland. Constructed as a ritual and ceremonial site there are twelve stones left of out the fifteen thought to have stood here originally. Take a moment out of your walk to visit these, a calming place to sit in the sunshine.

http://www.irishstones.org/place.aspx?p=277

 

Eyeries

The picturesque village of Eyeries derives its name from the Irish word 'adhradh' pronounced "eye-ra". Situated on a beautiful stretch of coastline it's colourful homes, pristine streets and communal atmosphere has resulted in it being awarded numerous 'Tidy Town' medals over the years. Stroll through the streets to see how many different coloured buildings you can count, stop by one of the friendly pubs with views over Coulagh Harbour or relax by the river in the sensory garden. Well worth it.

http://www.eyeries.ie/about-eyeries.php

 

Start

Little square of Castletownbere (near the little celtic cross monument) (5 m)
Coordinates:
OSI Grid
V 67788 45971
DD
51.651231, -9.911029
DMS
51°39'04.4"N 9°54'39.7"W
UTM
29U 436973 5722641
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Destination

Centre of Eyeries

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 km – With your back to the little celtic cross monument TURN LEFT and follow the main road out of town.

0.38 km – After passing the blue police station (Garda) continue STRAIGHT ON as the main road turns left. There is no pavement from now on so beware of traffic as this is a narrow road.

1.50 km – As the road splits TURN LEFT to follow the brown signs for “Derrintaggart West (Stone Circle)” and “Teerahillane (Raised ring fort)”.

2.00 km – On your right is Derrintaggart West, a Bronze-Age stone circle dating back approximately 3000 years.

2.70 km – BEAR LEFT and continue to follow the paved road.

4.70 km – On your right now is Teernahillane, supposedly a stone fort although little is know about it. Continue STRAIGHT ON.

6.20 km – After passing a small farm with green barns BEAR RIGHT to leave the road and join an ascending gravel track.

6.80 km – TURN RIGHT as the track splits.

7.00 km – Cross a set of green steps and continue STRAIGHT ON as you enter woodland that has seen significant logging.

7.60 km – The track now descends as it BEARS RIGHT with wide views over Coulagh Bay straight ahead of you.

7.80 km – Cross the green steps and BEAR LEFT as the track splits. A signpost for “Beara Way – Eyeries” points the way. Miskish Mountain (439m) is now straight ahead of you.

8.90 km – At the crossroads continue STRAIGHT ON.

9.00 km – At a set of metal and wooden gates TURN RIGHT to leave the track and join open muddy grassland. The yellow man markers and a faint track now lead the way.

9.30 km – BEAR RIGHT to head uphill and away from the fence line.

9.50 km – TURN LEFT as you reach the corner of a fenced off field. Then continue STRAIGHT ON.

10.20 km – Be careful here in low visibility as there is a small gully to cross. Continue STRAIGHT ON towards the next yellow marker.

10.30 km – BEAR LEFT slightly at the marker as you begin to head towards the coast.

10.80 km – Enjoy views of Ballycrovane Harbour as you descend the hillside STRAIGHT ON.

11.00 km – Cross the fence line using the green steps then continue STRAIGHT ON following a small track towards houses & a road.

11.20 km – Cross some more green steps and TURN LEFT to stay on the grassy track before crossing another set in 100m.

11.30 km – Cross a small road with a yellow house to your right then follow the stony vehicle track. This soon becomes a grassy lane between dry stone walls.

11.60 km - After a ruined stone barn with a tin roof TURN RIGHT onto a tarmacked road.

11.90 km – TURN LEFT to leave the road and join a smaller single-track lane.

12.10 km – At the junction cross the lane then go through a metal gate. Be sure to close this behind you as there may be livestock roaming the land. Continue STRAIGHT ON as you follow a grassy track between the fields.

12.30 km – Cross a set of green steps just after a small stream and continue STRAIGHT ON. There are a couple more sets of steps to cross over the next 500m.

12.90 km – Directly after this set cross the metal bridge over a small river and the ruins of an old stone bridge.

13.00 km – After a final set of green steps join a small tarmacked lane.

13.10 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON at the crossroads signed “Eyeries”.

13.50 km – After going through a small farmyard TURN RIGHT onto another tarmacked road.

14.00 km – TURN RIGHT at the junction onto the main road then finish your walk in another 100m opposite the Eyeries Sensory Garden.

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Coordinates

OSI Grid
V 67788 45971
DD
51.651231, -9.911029
DMS
51°39'04.4"N 9°54'39.7"W
UTM
29U 436973 5722641
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Equipment

As always sturdy boots, waterproofs and an extra layer. Over the second half of the walk the hillside is quite exposed so you will feel the full effects of any bad weather that comes your way.

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
14.3 km
Duration
3:30 h
Ascent
314 m
Descent
284 m
Highest point
206 m
Lowest point
3 m

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