Things to see or do
- Directions: The village of Ahakista is located midway along the coast road between Durrus and Kilcrohane on the Sheeps Head peninsula. Starting from the town of Bantry (on the N71 in West Cork) follow the N71 in the direction of Cork. After a little more than 1km turn right onto the R591 (signposted Durrus). After 4km pass through the village of Durrus and continue along the coast road for a further 5km to reach Ahakista. The trailhead is located at Arundel’s Public House on the right entering the village.
- Distance: 9km
- Terrain: Minor roadways, laneways, and mountain paths
- Ascent: 320m/300m
- Grade: Moderate-Hard
- Trailhead: Ahakista, Co Cork
- Minimum Gear: Hiking boots, raingear, fluid, snack and mobile phone
- Services: Ahakista, Kilcrohane (3km), Durrus (12km)
- Theme: Mountain
Barán LoopAhakista Cork - Ireland South
A-B. With your back to Arundel’s Pub, turn right and follow green (and blue and purple) arrows along the road for just 100 metres to the road junction where you turn right and, almost immediately, turn left onto a minor roadway. The blue and purple arrows are for the longer Seefin and Glanlough loops. Continue to follow this roadway to Gorteanish, taking note that you overlap with the long distance Sheep’s Head Way (yellow arrows and walking man) on the way. At a junction of laneways in Gorteanish the Glanlough Loop continues straight, you turn left and cross a stone stile, following the green (and blue) arrows. B-C. Now the loop starts the ascent of Ardanenig, easy along an old laneway at first and then a fairly steep climb on a mountain track for 400 metres to reach a point near Rosskerrig Mountain where the Seefin Loop turns right, but where you turn left. C-D. Continue to follow the green arrows as the loop crosses Rosskerrig Mountain and descends to join the Sheeps Head Way on an old roadway where you turn left. D-A. Now you follow green arrows (for this loop) and yellow arrows (for the Sheeps Head Way) along a surfaced roadway for over 1 kilometre before the Sheeps Head Way turns left at a memorial to Tom Whitty. Continue straight here and shortly afterwards join the main road for the peninsula. Continue straight at the junction, pass the pub with the tin roof on your right and reach the 3 way junction at A above. Turn right here, it’s only 100 metres back to the trailhead.