A relaxed coastal path takes you alongside Ballycrovane Harbour before heading inland as you pass by the shores of Lough Fada and onwards to the tiny village of Ardgroom.
Follow a beautiful coastal path out of Eyeries which takes you across many small pebbled beaches. Passing by the ruins of one of the coast guard stations dating back to the 1800s, this was the scene of a daring arms raid in 1920 and has remained closed ever since. After following the shores of Ballycrovane Harbour, with the sounds of small fishing boats and the tirades of seagulls following them, you make your way back inland to join a small country road towards Lough Fada. Pick your way across often boggy open land as you follow the shores of the Lough. Once past the lough the final stretch follows a beautiful rocky ridgeline with views of Cleanderry Harbour to your left and Ardgroom Harbour to your right. After a short descent down the hillside you pick up the main road into Ardgroom village. Finish your day off with a warm drink in the local cafe or a cold one in the pub, put your feet up and dry your boots off.
Look out for Common Dolphins following fishing boats around Ballycrovane Harbour.
The rocks and cliff edges along the coast can be very slippery during wet or stormy weather, if the seas are particularly rough then make sure you stay well clear of the cliff edges to avoid being swept off your feet.
This route also covers a section of road with fast moving traffic and no pavement, walk on the right hand side so you're facing any oncoming traffic and make yourself as visible as possible.
Food & Drink
There is nowhere en route to eat so pick up food at the local store in Eyeries before you leave or your accommodation may make you a packed lunch.
Points of interest
Coast Guard Station
During the War of Independence (1918 - 1920) this station was manned by 12 Royal Marines and 2 Officers. Legend has it that a local woman informed the IRA that a cache of rifles and other arms were kept there. Mounting an attack in July 1920 the IRA seized the arms and captured all the marines, killing the officers during the battle. The old Coast Guard station is now a ruin, but visitors can still see the rooms in which the Marines lived and slept; the Coulagh Bay views that they constantly surveyed; and the local stone constructed Boat House in which they protected their Life Boat.
If you are walking all the way from Eyeries to Laraugh, you use the Eyeries to Ardgroom route notes, maps and GPX tracks, then you also need to use the Ardgroom to Lauragh route notes, maps and GPX tracks.
The land around Lough Fada can remain waterlogged for a long time after rainfall so wear fully waterproof good quality walking boots and gaiters if you have them. If you're a little unsure on your feet then poles may also help you here.