Descriptions Ascent:150m/250m Distance:4km Grade:Moderate Minimum Gear Trekking shoes, raingear, fluid and mobile phone Services Castletownbere (10km) Terrain Open hillside, minor roadways and laneways Theme Coastal Trailhead Dursey Island Cablecar, Castletownbere, Co Cork
A-B. Starting from the car park at the cablecar, cross the stile and follow the purple arrows as the loop sweeps westward around the western end of the Beara Peninsula and ascends quickly to reach it’s highest point of 150m. Note that you are also following the yellow arrows of the long distance O Sullivan Beara Way. Enjoy the fine views along the top before starting the next section which takes you sharply downhill.
B-C. The loop now descends across open ground toward Garinish Point and gives you close up views of Garanish Island and Long Island before exiting a small gate and reaching the quay at Garinish. Turn right here.
C-D. Follow the roadway for 500m to reach a narrow old laneway on your right. Turn right and follow the purple arrow (and the yellow arrows of the O’Sullivan Beara Way) up the laneway. The laneway climbs to reach a roadway where it turns left and, almost immediately, joins a tarred road. Note that the long-distance Way turns left here - you turn right and enjoy the last 1km back to the trailhead.