Junction of N71 in Glengarriff.
0.00 km – Standing with the small cream & orange primary school to your back, cross the road towards the green steps then climb these to join the trail. Sign posted for “Beara Way”
0.08 km – BEAR RIGHT to cross the river, using a metal bridge then BEAR LEFT. There are now many yellow & black marker posts pointing the way of the trail.
0.46 km – TURN RIGHT, again following the markers, to leave the muddy vehicle track then cross another set of green steps 80m ahead.
0.71 km – Ignore the yellow marker on your right and continue STRAIGHT ON to join a stony track.
0.95 km – Cross yet another set of green steps then continue STRAIGHT ON to the tarmacked lane in another 50m.
1.40 km – TURN LEFT at the crossroads to follow the road sign posted “Beara Way (to Glengarriff)”. There is also a yellow box with an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) located here for emergencies.
2.90 km – TURN RIGHT to leave the road and join the ascending vehicle track. Be sure to read and take note of the safety notice here as it gives a brief overview of what lies ahead.
3.00 km – Cross the green steps then continue STRAIGHT ON. The track is a mixture of stone and muddy bog. It can be extremely muddy during or after wet weather.
3.30 km – Cross a small section of open grassland to reach a perimeter fence then BEAR RIGHT to re-join the track after crossing a small stream.
3.50 km – At another small stream crossing BEAR LEFT and continue uphill towards a marker in 100m.
3.60 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON past the marker, keeping the rocky ground close to your right side.
3.70 km – Keeping the fence to your left side continue STRAIGHT ON up the hill.
3.90 km – Cross the green steps with views of Bantry Bay behind you and the rest of the Caha Mountains straight ahead. Then TURN RIGHT now keeping the fence to your right side.
4.20 km – Cross another set of green steps then BEAR RIGHT towards more steps 100m further on. Cross these and continue STRAIGHT ON.
5.00 km – The land here is now very open and often boggy when there has been wet weather. Keep the fence to your right side as you head up hill and stay close to this if visibility is low.
5.40 km – BEAR RIGHT then follow a small short ridgeline.
5.70 km – The track now begins to descend, be aware of slippery rocks during wet weather. After 100m cross the green steps on your right then continue STRAIGHT ON.
5.80 km – Yellow wooden markers now lead the way across open grassland towards Toberavanaha Lough.
6.20 km – The track begins to descend towards the shores of the lough. During a hot day this could be a great spot to for a swim.
6.30 km – On the opposite side of the lough BEAR RIGHT on the ascending stone track.
6.90 km – Once at the top of the hill continue STRAIGHT ON as the track descends.
7.30 km – During wet the ground will be very wet underfoot which can make it very tempting to stick to the rocky terrain on your right, if you do this be aware of steep drop offs. Especially during low visibility.
7.90 km – BEAR LEFT as you join a much more defined rocky track. Continue to follow the yellow markers.
9.00 km – BEAR LEFT as the track starts to descend slightly towards the public road.
9.40 km – Cross the green steps then BEAR LEFT and follow the yellow markers.
9.50 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON as the track now heads slightly up hill.
10.10 km – BEAR LEFT as the steep gravel track descends all the way to the public road.
10.60 km – Cross the green steps, followed by a second set to then join the road at Coomarkane. It’s now mainly single-track tarmacked road back to Glengarriff. TURN RIGHT and follow the road.
11.40 km – After crossing the river via a bridge with low stone walls TURN RIGHT and continue on.
12.50 km - At the split in the road TURN LEFT.
If you wish to shorten today's walk a little you can carry straight on here, instead of turning left and walk through the woods down a small tarmacked track (and past intermittent Beara Way signs) and into Glengariff this way. We chose the longer route veering off the Beara Way for a while, but if you are tired this would be a good option. You will hook up with our trail again at approx 18.3km which you can then follow for the directions into Glengarriff.
14.30 km – Cross the Glengarriff River via a bridge with low stone walls.
14.60 km – TURN RIGHT to join the bigger public road. Even though all of these roads are fairly quiet be aware of road uses and always walk on the right side of the road (towards on coming traffic).
16.80 km – TURN RIGHT to leave the road with a picnic bench on your right. Follow the signs for “River Walk” and head up the stone steps straight ahead.
17.00 km – TURN RIGHT and continue on the gravel trail along the banks of the Canrooska River. There are many pebble beaches along the way that could be nice to use to dip your toes on a sunny day.
17.40 km – TURN LEFT then cross the wooden bridge to reach the carpark. After 100m TURN RIGHT to re-join the road.
17.70 km – TURN RIGHT at the signpost for “Lady Bantry’s Lookout” and cross Glengarriff River using the green metal bridge.
18.00 km – TURN LEFT up the steps then left again onto the tarmacked road. If you have the time then why not take a side trip up to Lady Bantry’s Lookout.
19.30 km – TURN LEFT to join the main road back to Glengarriff.
19.80 km – After crossing the Cromwell Bridge your walk ends here at the junction of the N71, flanked by Glengariff’s graveyard on your left and a row of colourful houses on your right.