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Ardgroom to Lauragh

Dagwandeling · Southwest Ireland
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  • Crossing into County Kerry.
    Crossing into County Kerry.
    Foto: Robbie Thurley, Macs Adventure
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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.

Afstand 11,5 km
3:45 u
401 m
402 m
123 m
3 m

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.

Tip van de auteur

Upon reaching the Cashelkeelty stone circles see how many different nations coins you can spot from offerings left by previous passers by.

Profielfoto van: Robbie Thurley
Robbie Thurley
Laatste wijziging op: 05.01.2023
Hoogste punt
123 m
Laagste punt
3 m
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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.

Tips en hints

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

Mussel Farms

 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.



Next to Village Inn Pub in Ardgroom (18 m)
OSI Grid
V 69005 55159
51.734051, -9.896895
51°44'02.6"N 9°53'48.8"W
29U 438064 5731839


Crossroads before Lauragh


0.00 km – Starting with the Village Inn Pub on your left walk straight ahead for 25m then TURN LEFT to follow a small lane.

0.72 km – At the junction of a small farmyard continue STRAIGHT ON following the lane.

1.90 km – As the lane splits continue STRAIGHT ON.

2.00 km – At the end of the lane, BEAR RIGHT to join the main road. As there is no pavement on this section of the walk, plus quite fast moving traffic, be sure to walk on the right-hand side and take care.

3.10 km – At the junction continue STRAIGHT ON.

3.60 km – At this point, you’re now crossing the county line from Cork into County Kerry. Continue STRAIGHT ON.

4.50 km – TURN RIGHT to leave the main road over a set of green steps then pick up the rocky trail as you head inland towards Tooth Mountain (643m)

4.60 km – TURN LEFT at the yellow marker and continue to follow the trail.

4.80 km – The trail now ascends and becomes quite grassy as it runs alongside a small waterfall. Continue STRAIGHT ON here but take a moment to look behind you to see if you can spot the mussel farms of Ardgroom Harbour.

5.00 km – BEAR RIGHT at the yellow marker to follow the trail through a rocky col between the mountains.

5.10 km – Cross the green steps and continue STRAIGHT ON.

5.50 km – As the track starts to descend you’re welcomed with views of Kilmakilloge Harbour straight ahead of you as Tooth Mountain (643m) looms across the green valley to your right.

5.80 km – Cross a small stream followed by a set of green steps then continue STRAIGHT ON.

6.00 km – Cross a wooden bridge over the river then a set of green steps as you BEAR RIGHT. There is a lovely grassy spot to sit for some lunch here with views over the harbour as a small waterfall flows next to you.

6.20 km – After crossing the steps the trail now begins to ascend as you continue STRAIGHT ON.

6.50 km – Cross another set of green steps and continue STRAIGHT ON.

6.60 km – The trail now becomes a stony 4x4 vehicle track.

6.90 km – You now pass by the remains of the Cashelkeelty stone circles and their many offerings left by pilgrims over the years.

7.20 km – Cross more green steps and continue following the 4x4 track downhill.

7.70 km – Cross the river, ignore the green steps on your left and continue STRAIGHT ON following the 4x4 track.

8.00 km – As the 4x4 track bears left towards a metal gate continue STRAIGHT ON following yellow markers over rocky but often boggy land.

8.50 km – Climb the short green ladder then 50m later TURN RIGHT to cross a short section of boggy and towards another ladder.

8.60 km – TURN LEFT to follow a leafy trail as you continue on this through Reenkilla Woods.

8.90 km – BEAR RIGHT at the bottom of the field to a set of green steps then TURN RIGHT as you join the small tarmacked lane.

9.20 km – At the junction continue STRAIGHT ON.

9.70 km – Just after the bridge BEAR LEFT as the road splits and you join a smaller lane.

9.90 km – At the end of the lane TURN LEFT at the junction then follow this road all the way to Lauragh.

11.30 km – Your walk finishes here as the road splits.


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OSI Grid
V 69005 55159
51.734051, -9.896895
51°44'02.6"N 9°53'48.8"W
29U 438064 5731839
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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.

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Hoogste punt
123 m
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