Cross county lines as you head from Co. Cork to Co. Kerry on this short walk to Lauragh via mountain cols, rivers, lush green valleys and ancient stone circles.
Heading east from Ardgroom you cover the length of Ardgroom Harbour before turning inland to follow a rocky path upwards through a low mountain col. Passing by the lower slopes of Tooth Mountain (643m) you're welcomed to a wide open green valley involving a couple of river crossings as you pick up "The Old Green Road". Leading past the Cashelkeelty stone circles and moss covered woodland you're now following in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims. After a short stroll through Reenkilla woods you then follow winding country lanes the rest of the way to the small quiet village of Lauragh.
Upon reaching the Cashelkeelty stone circles see how many different nations coins you can spot from offerings left by previous passers by.
This route follows a main road with some fast moving traffic and no pavement for the first few kilometres. Therefore make sure you walk on the right hand side so you are facing any oncoming vehicles and that you try to make yourself as visible as possible.
Drivers here are used to people walking on the roadside but it's best to give them a helping hand wherever you can.
Food & Drink
There is a combined shop & cafe in the middle of Ardgroom where you can pick up any snacks you may need for your walk, or stop by for a coffee to set you on your way.
Points of interest
Ardgroom Harbour, as with many other stretches of water around this area of Ireland, is home to strings of mussel farms. The crescent shaped lines of bouys can be seen stretching across the bay as the farmers employ the simple method of dropping long lines of rope into the water to naturally attract mussel larvae. The larvae attach themselves to the ropes as they drift by then spend the next 18 months growing there until they're harvested and delivered to you in a steaming bowl. Dont miss out on trying some of these fresh from the water.
Cashelkeelty Stone Circles
Alongside "The Old Green Road" you will pass by this stone circle made up of five stones, one standing at around 7ft in height! This Bronze Age stone circle is one of one hundred found around Ireland. Thought to be constructed as ritual and ceremonial sites offerings can still be seen left in the centre of the circle by more recent passers by.
Along with your usual gear for a day in the hills you would be wise to pack gaiters and poles along with a solid good quality pair of waterproof boots of course.