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Allihies to Eyeries

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  • Allihies Copper Mine Trail
    / Allihies Copper Mine Trail
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  • / The main engine house.
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  • / Coastline views
    Photo: Sally Thompson, Macs Adventure
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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.

moderate
13.4 km
3:50 h
368 m
383 m

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.

Author’s recommendation

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.

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Highest point
257 m
Lowest point
3 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

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.

Tips, hints and links

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.

http://www.acmm.ie/theminemuseum/the-allihies-mines/

Start

The church in the centre of Allihies. (52 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
51.640740, -10.043994
UTM
29U 427757 5721597

Destination

The post office and grocery store in the centre of Eyeries.

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 km – Starting with your back to the church, TURN RIGHT and follow the road through the centre of the village.

0.32 km – TURN RIGHT at the junction, sign posted for “Castletownbere” and “Beara Way”. After 50m BEAR LEFT to join the small grassy track.

0.52 km – Cross the green steps.

0.70 km – BEAR RIGHT and then cross another set of green steps.

0.95 km – Follow the ascending stony track as you pass a mineshaft entrance on your left and continue STRAIGHT ON towards the main engine house just above.

1.00 km – TURN LEFT onto the tarmacked lane sign posted for “Mountain Mine”.

1.40 km – BEAR LEFT to stay on the lane as you pass by the ruins of the main engine house.

1.50 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON, following the sign for “Beara Way – Eyeries”, as the lane starts to ascend.

2.10 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON as the lane now becomes a gravel track.

2.60 km – At the brow of the hill the track BEARS RIGHT and begins to descend offering views across Coulagh Bay to the uninhabited Island of Inishfarnard.

4.40 km – TURN RIGHT to leave the track and join a stony path up the hillside. Sign posted “Beara Way”.

5.00 km – TURN LEFT at a stone animal pen to follow a faint grassy track across open hillside. Remember to use the yellow man markers as a further reference point.

5.80 km – Descend into a gully then BEAR RIGHT slightly as you cross a stream above a small waterfall.

6.30 km – After following the contours of the hillside for sometime the track now begins to BEAR LEFT slightly as it descends.

6.50 km – TURN LEFT at the yellow marker to head directly downhill.

6.80 km – Cross the green steps at the bottom of the hill then follow the grassy track alongside the fence line.

7.00 km – TURN LEFT and follow the banks of the river downstream. Be careful here during low visibility as there is a sudden drop directly ahead of you.

7.10 km – Cross the green steps then TURN LEFT towards a metal bridge. Use this to cross the river if the water level is too high.

7.30 km – TURN LEFT at the junction to join a stony vehicle track.

7.40 km – Cross the green steps between two gates then continue STRAIGHT ON as you now join “Old Copper Road”.

7.70 km – BEAR RIGHT as the track splits.

8.50 km – TURN RIGHT to join a small tarmacked lane as it crosses a stone walled bridge then continue to follow this.

9.80 km – TURN RIGHT at the junction just after a short steep descent. Although this road is quite narrow there can be more traffic on it at times so take care as there is no pavement.

10.20 km – TURN LEFT to leave the tarmacked lane and join a grassy track, following the yellow marker.

10.50 km – After the ruined stone barn with a tin roof TURN RIGHT onto the tarmacked road.

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

10.90 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.

11.20 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.

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

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

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

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

12.90 km – TURN LEFT at the junction as you enter Eyeries.

13.20 km – After passing its many colourful buildings your walk finishes here in the centre of the village, opposite the post office and grocery store.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

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.


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
13.4 km
Duration
3:50h
Ascent
368 m
Descent
383 m
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