The Annual Annascaul Walks walking festival takes place over the October bank holiday weekend. The festival offers a variety of guided coastal and hill walks in the area around the village of Annascaul on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry.
This traditional walking festival takes place on the October Bank Holiday Weekend which this year falls between Friday the 27th to Monday the 30th.
All fee entry walks include guides, transport if required and refreshments in Annascaul.
Friday 27th October
C Walk: Night Walk Tom Crean Trail, Start 7:30pm, Free.
Enjoy our night walk on the quiet rural Pound road with night views of the village and beautiful countryside. We will visit the final resting place of Tom Crean at Ballinacourty Graveyard.
Walk rating: Easy 5 km, 2 hours
Saturday 28th October
A Walk: Caherconree, Start 9 am
Caherconree is a majestic promontory fort which once was the summer residence of the King of Munster Cú Rí. The walk follows the marked route past the fort to the summit at 835m affording 360 degree views north to the Shannon estuary and west to the Blasket Islands. The return route is through the fort descending the steep green shoulder back to our start point.
Walk rating: Difficult 8km, 5 hours
B Walk: Macha na Bó, Start 10 am
Macha na Bó or “The pass of cows” is an age-old route linking Cloghane and Annascaul. The walk is a social history of farming life in the area with ancient homestead and field systems, bog cutting and wolf slaying.
Walk rating: Moderate 12 km, 4 hours
C Walk: Foot of the Hill Walk, Start 10:30 am
This loop walk begins in the village and crosses the parish’s first bridge at Sean droichead descending to the deep brooding corrie lake at Comdubh. The walk passes the birthplace of the sculptor, Jerome O’Connor and the resting place of the explorer Tom Crean.
Walk rating: Easy 11 km, 3 hours
Sunday 29th October
A Walk: Mount Brandon, Start 9 am
Mount Brandon is Kerry’s holy mountain and at over 3,000 feet is a must climb. The summit enjoys all four seasons in one day and offers jaw dropping views of the western edge of Ireland. The walk will start from Faha and finish at An Baile Breac.
Walk rating: Strenuous 11 km, 5 hours
B Walk: Acres Hill, Start 10 am
Acres Hill is one of three modest peaks forming the Doorah Range which stands on the edge of Dingle Bay. Acres Hill has a fragrant and rich vegetative cover and is climbed by following the sheep paths. The whole south coast of the peninsula provides the visible backdrop to this walk.
Walk rating: Moderate 9.6 km, 3 hours
C Walk: The Hidden Valley, Start 10:30 am
This is an archaeology walk tracing 4000 years of settlement from the Bronze Age cairn at Dromavally, through the Christian Ogham stones at Rathduff and then up to 21st century farm life.
Walk rating: Easy 7 km, 2½ hours
Monday 30th October
B/C Walk: Meelin Hill, Start 11 am
Monday’s walk is a marked loop walk with views of Inch Beach, Dingle bay and the lovely village of Annascaul nestling below us.
Walk rating: Easy 7.5 km, 3 hours
Register Early !! See the web site http://www.annascaulwalks.org
To encourage you to use the online prepayment facility to register early, we will enter all online entries into a raffle for one guaranteed paid place on the 2018 Tom Crean Endurance Walk.
If you purchase a walk for Saturday and another for Sunday online you will have purchased a Weekend Pass and are eligible to enter the Monday walk for free.