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 Arundels Public House on the right entering the village.
- Distance: 20km
- Terrain: Minor roadways, laneways, and mountain paths
- Ascent: 400m/270m
- Grade: Hard
- Trailhead: Ahakista, Co Cork
- Minimum Gear: Hiking boots, raingear, fluid, snack and mobile phone
- Services: Ahakista, Kilcrohane (3km), Durrus (12km)
- Theme: Mountain
Glanlough LoopAhakista Cork - Ireland South
A-B. With your back to Arundel’s Pub, turn right and follow the purple (and green and blue) arrows along the road for just 100m to the road junction where you turn right and, almost immediately, turn left onto a minor roadway. The green and blue arrows are for the shorter Barán and Seefin 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 Barán Loop and Seefin Loop turn left and cross a stone stile – but you continue straight following the purple arrow. B-C. Follow the laneway for 500m to reach a surfaced road where you turn right. After another 500m watch out as the loop turns left on a right bend. From here the loop ascends onto a ridge at Doonour where it rejoins the Sheeps Head Way. Turn right. C-D. Now follow the purple arrows (for this loop) and yellow arrows (for the Sheeps Head Way) for more than 7km along the ridge to pass Glanlough Lake and join a surfaced roadway. After 500m you reach a T-junction where both routes turn right, and another 500m takes you past a farmhouse on your left after which the Sheeps Head Way turns left – but you continue straight, staying on the surfaced road. D-E. After only 300m you turn left at a road junction, walk for 500m and again join the Sheeps Head Way as you turn right onto a bog road. E-A. The loop now starts the descent towards the trailhead – a 6km journey which passes through the townlands of Kealties and Tullig.