Choose between a shorter coastal route or a more challenging, longer inland path to Caherdaniel.
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].
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This route is used in the following itineraries: