Walk of the Week
Emlagh Loop Caherciveen, Co Kerry
Distance: 6k Ascent: 20m/45m Time: 1hr30mins – 2hrs Grade: Easy Terrain: Strand, bog roads, minor roads, c-c Trailhead: Inny Strand, Ballinskelligs, Co Kerry
Ballinskelligs is at the edge of Ballinskelligs Bay on the Skellig ring road (R566) in south Kerry. From the village, take the R566 in the direction of Caherciveen. After approx 3k, turn right at the R567 junction, signposted Waterville. After approx 2k, watch for a crossroads with a signpost for Trá. Turn right and follow this straight roadway to Inny Strand and its mapboard at the start of the trail.
Follow the purple arrow along a wire fence in the direction of Inny Strand. After 230m, cross a small stream and continue to follow the strand for over 1.5k to reach a roadway at the entrance to Inny Estuary. Turn left here.
Follow the minor roadway for 500m to reach a T-junction with the main R567 – turn right and, almost immediately, turn left. Continue to follow the purple arrows along the roadway for over 1k to reach a junction. Turn left.
Now the loop takes you along a track through an area of bog – it turns right after 200m and exits through forestry to reach a junction with a bog road. Turn left. Continue to follow the bog road for 1.3k to reach a point where the loop leaves the bog road and turns left through a metal gate. Exit onto the R567. Turn right here.
Follow this surfaced road for approx 200m to reach a stile (and gateway) on your left. Cross the stile to join a farm roadway and enjoy the last 400m back.