Follow the Copper Mine Trail as you leave Allihies and wind your way uphill past historic mine shafts. Breathe in the ocean air as you skirt Coulagh Bay then cross open hillside before picking up the Copper Trail once again on your approach to the multicoloured village of Eyeries.
Leaving Allihies you begin by following the Copper Mine Trail past the remains of old mine shafts and engine houses before continuing along the Old Copper Road as it sits high up on the coast line of Coulagh Bay. Turning inland to cross open ground on the lower slopes of Knockoura (543m) you then pick up the Old Copper Road once again as you follow it's narrow winding course through farmland and over a small river before arriving into the picturesque village of Eyeries.
Take a side trip to get a little closer to the Mountain Mine Engine House and great photo opportunities with Allihies and Ballydonegan Bay as a backdrop.
Upon leaving the Old Copper Road for the first time you cross open land that has an extremely faint grassy trail, this can be quite challenging during low visibility so keep an eye out for the yellow markers to lead you in the right direction.
Food & Drink
There is nowhere en route to eat so you can pick up snacks or lunch supplies from the local supermarket in Allihies.
Mountain Mine Engine House
This is one of a number of buildings associated with the running of the Copper Mines. It was commissioned by Henry Puxley who inherited the mines in 1860. By 1863, production at the mines had reached an all time high and the mine became even deeper. This engine house replaced the earlier and somewhat smaller 'old bucket shaft' and 'old skip shaft' and could operate a man engine or a winding drum. This building was an essential component of the copper mines and its construction greatly assisted production at the site. It makes a striking contribution to the landscape and is a visual reminder of the extensive mining which took place in the mountains above Allihies village.
Along with your usual gear for a day in the hills you would be wise to pack a windproof, gaiters and poles along with a solid pair of waterproof boots.