The Glanageenty Walkways are located in Ballymacelligot. Featuring 3 walking routes. It suits family and advanced walkers.
Glanageenty is a remote valley known as the Sherwood Forest of Munster or the Valley of the Fairies. It is one of Kerry hidden gems. The geography and the landscape of the area make it unique and a sanctuary for wildlife. Historically, these woods would have been used for refuge both during the Desmond Rebellion and the Irish Civil War. There are seats and picnic tables dotted around the forest at opportune points to allow you to catch your breath and to take in the views.
It has many key interesting points:
- The Earl of Desmond monument
- The hideaway taken by Stephen Fuller in 1923
- The Holy Well
- The Ravens Glen waterfall
- The limestone kilns
- The ruins of Sean Thaigh Og’s cabin where in 1916 Robert Monteith stayed
- The views of Carrantouhil, the gap of Dunloe
- The fauna and the flora (mixture of tree species from broadleaf to conifer, birdlife and insects)
- MAP: OS of Ireland 1:50,000 Discovery Sheet 71 – Q 945 143
- GPS: N 52 16.242 – W 009 32.745
From Castleisland, follow Tralee road and N21. In 7 km (4 miles), right at O’Riada’s bar & restaurant on L2014. Follow brown ‘Trailhead’ fingerposts. Park at Bernard Collins Memorial carpark (40 spaces).
From Tralee bus station, Take R875 to N21, In 8 km (5 miles) on the N21, left at O’Riada’s bar & restaurant on L2014. Follow brown ‘Trailhead’ fingerposts. Park at Bernard Collins Memorial carpark (40 spaces).
|Trail Name||Glanageenty Loop||Lenihan’s Loop||Bernard Brothers Loop|
|Start Point||Bernard Collins Memorial carpark||Bernard Collins Memorial carpark||Bernard Collins Memorial carpark|
|Length (km)||3 km||5 km||9 km|
|Time||1 hour 20 minutes||2 hours||3 hours|
|Degree of Difficulty||Easy/Moderate||Moderate||Moderate/Strenuous|
|Metres Climb||107 m||110 m||130 m|
|Finish Point||Bernard Collins Memorial carpark||Bernard Collins Memorial carpark||Bernard Collins Memorial carpark|
|Trail Way Marking||Green||Blue||Purple/Red|
Some sections of the trails are not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs. Well surfaced but sometimes muddy. A good variety of walks for all. Hiking boots, raingear and fluid are recommended. Phone network coverage can be poor. Limited services in the area. All services in Castleisland 9km.
Guided walks available for Glanageenty and/or other areas in Kerry (1/2day, full day, evenings, night walks).