Great Southern Trail - Way to go
Published 10/04/2010 | 05:00
MAP: OS of Ireland 1:50,000 Discovery 64; downloadable map/instructions (highly recommended) at southerntrail.net.
TRAVEL: Bus (buseireann.ie): 72 Newcastle West-Tralee (ask for Barnagh viewpoint). Road: Barnagh viewpoint is on N21 between Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale.
WALK DIRECTIONS: From top end of Viewpoint car park, 'Slí GST (Great Southern Trail)' points left down steps. Follow railway path west to Barnagh Tunnel. Return to Barnagh viewpoint; cross N21 (please take great care!); right along road for 400m.
Go through gate on to railway path ('Newcastle West 8 km') and follow it to Newcastle West.
LENGTH: Six-and-a-half miles -- allow three hours.
CONDITIONS: Firm, flat path.
DON'T MISS: Barnagh Tunnel; view south and east from Barnagh Viewpoint; view of Garryduff House from Garryduff Viaduct.
Information: Southern Trail Guides -- visit southern trail.net for maps, information, etc. Tourist Office: Heritage Centre, Adare. Tel: 061 396266; discoverireland. ie/shannon).
Walking news: Tinahely Trail Walking Festival, Co Wicklow, April 17-18, 2010. Tel: 087 148 2468; see tinahely.ie; email tinahelywalkerswelcome@ eircom.net; tel 087 148 2468. Ballyhoura International Walking Festival, Co Limerick, May 1-3; ballyhouracountry.com /events.