Old Kenmare Road

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jsheehan
Limerick, Ireland100 contributions
Aug 2020
Myself and my son hiked across the route a few months back . Its an unspoilt area with some rugged terrain , but mostly pretty good under foot . The weather can be quite different higher up and its exposed so prepare well , its a number of hours to complete .
Written 28 December 2020
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Krabate
80 contributions
Sep 2019
Nice charity walk :) Not too hard, lovely views. Wear good tracking shoes there is few rivers to pass.
Written 5 March 2020
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billbreen2017
Edinburgh, UK5 contributions
Jul 2019
beware, whoever programmed GPS in Ireland has never been there, as so called routes through the middle of nowhere become one-lane cowpaths at times, a bit unsettling but you eventually get there
Written 30 December 2019
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Gobnait o lunacy
Cork35 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
Needs a reasonable level of fitness to complete, probably easier to go Killarney/Torc Waterfall-Kenmare than the other way round as the 2/3 km on the Kenmare side is almost constant uphill on a minor road towards Killarney with little respite.

One niggle is the signage, its very nice but it wouldn't kill them to put distances on. The Killarney end has mounted maps only showing walking circuits around Torc and no detail on the long distance trail. There are boardwalks but some sections are beginning to show their age now and needing repair.

Mobiles don't work that well and as it goes through a remote area there is nothing in terms of food and refreshments along the way, bring them with you and make sure you can complete the trail before nightfall.
Written 22 October 2019
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michaellynch310855
Caherconlish, Ireland23 contributions
Sep 2019 • Family
The forecast was excellent and the skies were blue so we packed our hiking gear on All Ireland Football Saturday and headed for Killarney.
It was a surprise day out for my wife and two sons who are in their early twenties.
Our starting point was Ross Castle where we had pre booked a boat to take us on the one and a half hour trip to Lord Brandon’s Cottage. A hugely memorable trip and our boat man Daniel feasted us with the history,geography,flora ,fauna and folklore of the majestic lakes. En route we had time to photo the wild goats and even feed the lake’s tame/wild pheasant. €20 pp and worth every penny if it.

At Lord Brandon’s Cottage we feasted on freshly prepared salad sandwiches and soup before heading on our hike. Here you follow the signs for the Old Kenmare Road and the adventure begins.
Breathing views of the lakes and surrounding mountains ease us into the first leg of the 16 k walk. After approximately three and a half kilometers take the right hand fork to get you up to the main road at Derrycunnihy Church. Time for a snack maybe before continuing. Again follow the OKR for a little over half a kilometer and be vigilant and watch for the signpost which directs you left to a single uphill track which leads you to a magical ancient Oak plantation.
After three kilometers you arrive at the waterfall and pond in Esknamucky Glen.
Continue again along the path with wonderful views of Mangerton Mountain on the right and Torc Mountain on the left.
A couple of km on and you are at Torc waterfall for a couple of photo opportunities. Downhill on a busy stone step path and under the bridge to arrive at Muckross House. We taxied to Ross Castle as it was an extra seven km but if you were energetic it’s possible on the Jarvey track.
Into Killarney for a well deserved Murphy’s ice cream where Aishling treated us to a sampling of the yummmmmeeee ice cream.
Tired bodies but a wonderful memorable day.
Sunshine and blue skies were the foundation for the day.
Get those boots on.
Five hours at a relaxing pace with two short tea breaks and lots of photo stops. No cars just a few bikes.
Written 15 September 2019
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Sorcha
Belfast, UK110 contributions
Aug 2019
The Old Kenmare Road is a HIKING TRAIL, not the N71 up to Moll's Gap (turn left for Kenmare, turn right for Sneem).

The turn-off for the Old Kenmare Road (and this will only take you to a car park) is just after the Muckross House entrance, and before the Torc Waterfall. It's on the left, and is signposted.

The road up to the carpark is pretty pot holed, so drive with care, and pay attention and give consideration to other road users. You park up in the car park, and take your pick of routes from there.

Most people take either the blue or red route back to the Torc Waterfall (the red route is not for the unfit), however you can carry along the trail without turning off, and once you exit the forest, you're up in the wilder uplands of Kerry.

The forest you climb through is wonderful, although sadly the R. ponticum is gaining a foothold at higher levels, it follows the river at the lower levels, and then climbs away, only to rejoin the river in the uplands.

Keep your eyes peeled for butterflies (silver laced fritillaries and peacocks), deer, ravens, all sorts of smaller birds, and, if you're fortunate, an eagle or two.

Once you're heading out along the glens, you'll see evidence of old peat cuttings, and dwellings on the other side from the trail. Enjoy the wide open spaces, the good trail underfoot (for most of it) and remember to breathe!

Obviously you can walk a bit of the trail and just walk back the way you came, or you can walk to Galway's Bridge and get picked up there (that's about a 5 mile trek) or you can walk all the way through to Kenmare (it's 10 miles to the outskirts, and the last bit of the walk is on a road). The later part of the trail, before it gets to the road, is not quite as good as the start, you're on boardwalks across the bog. Stick to the boards, bogs are a delicate eco-system.

Seriously though, a lovely walk once you get past the first two gradients (steep, but short), suitable for most people, but not buggies, not wheelchairs, etc. Dogs MUST be kept on the lead at all times and for goodness' sake, pick up your dog's poo.

Note - there are NO facilities. It's an upland walk. Plan accordingly. Please also note that in some sections there is no internet or phone connectivity.
Written 27 August 2019
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STEWART L
Sterling, VA304 contributions
Aug 2019
You are driving on the left sharing the extremely narrow road with large buses tour buses with no shoulder on either side of the road. You are going through many tunnels and bridges that permit only one way traffic.That is enough to keep you very alert.
Written 24 August 2019
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WW_Traveller023
Kirrawee, Australia1,774 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
Its hard to single out individual roads as more scenic than others, this one is very scenic and a delight to drive along.
Written 14 July 2019
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Mr C
3,957 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
The N71 runs from Killarney to Kenmare via Moll's Gap. A very scenic road with forests, moorland, steep climbs and sharp bends, Beware sheep on the road.
Written 13 March 2019
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Nicole D
Atlanta, GA130 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
As soon as we started out on the road, going through the mossy rocks and trees for huge mule deer cross the road then we were greeted by goats and sheep and very corkscrew roads it was absolutely amazing and beautiful and wonderful weather
Written 27 February 2019
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