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Waterville to Caherdaniel

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  • Lough Currane near Waterville
    / Lough Currane near Waterville
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Map / Waterville to Caherdaniel

Choose between a shorter coastal route or a more challenging, longer inland path to Caherdaniel.

moderate
11.5 km
3:30 h
291 m
256 m

The shorter option takes a roadside path and minor roads, where you’ll enjoy constant views to the sea and inshore islets, as well as the Beara Peninsula hills across the Kenmare River estuary. Why not take a short detour to visit Derrynane House National Historic Park (visitors’ centre has seasonal opening), the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell, Ireland’s ‘Great Liberator’. Descend through native hazel forest and see the Caherdaniel Stone Fort before arriving in the town itself. Ascent: approx. 330m.

The longer, isolated and considerably tougher option, which could take approximately 10-11 hours, passes through Windy Gap, on the shoulder of Eagles Hill.  The route is wilder, but exceptionally beautiful, with views over the sea, mountains and remote glens [ascent: approx. 740m].

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
242 m
Lowest point
6 m
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Tips, hints and links

This route is used in the following itineraries:

WISROK1

WISROK2

Start

Waterville (8 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
51.827104, -10.172036
UTM
29U 419230 5742458

Destination

Caherdaniel

Turn-by-turn directions

These maps and routes are designed to be used in conjunction with our traditional documentation. We have recently embarked on a conversion initiative to bring the two elements together, and this itinerary will be covered in due course.

In the meantime, using the two elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
11.5 km
Duration
3:30 h
Ascent
291 m
Descent
256 m

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Highest point
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Lowest point
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