Distance: 9k Ascent: 510m/440m Estimated Time: 3hr30m-4hr30m Grade: Moderate Grid reference: OS Sheet 75, S 307 154
Starting from a farmhouse in Curraheen, exit the farmyard through the metal gate and join a walled roadway. Follow the purple arrows to the end of the roadway and enter open fields.
Follow the arrows as the loop crosses open grounds and a number of water courses – and joins a roadway which ascends along the edge of forestry.
At the top of a climb, you pass a large pointed rock on your left. Watch for a waymarker which directs you right. Turn right.
Ascend gently for 150m to reach an old roadway where you turn right. This roadway is known locally as An Staighre (the stairs) and takes you uphill to reach The Gap. At a fence at The Gap, a linear walk turns and returns to the trailhead – but you turn left.
The loop crosses open ground, and after 1.5k reaches the Coum Iarthair Loughs – the Boolas.
Enjoy the view before turning left and following the arrows downhill alongside the Dubhglas (Douglas) stream. At the end of this section, you reach a wire fence beside forestry. Turn left.
Continue to follow the arrows alongside the forestry for almost 1k to regain the waymarker where you started the ascent to The Gap earlier. Continue straight and enjoy the return to the trailhead.