Barnageehy Loop Walk on the Sheep’s Head Way is a peaceful walk through gorgeous Irish countryside
You’ll enjoy the wonderful views over patchwork fields and moorlands as you walk you walk the quiet roads around Durrus and explore country tracks with views over Bantry and the West Cork hills.
Barnageehy Loop Walk Details
To begin the Barnageehy Loop Walk, drive from Durrus village to the Car Park at Barnageehy.
Take the old creamery road from Durrus, passing Wiseman’s Hardware Store, and continue on along this road until you reach the N71 and take a right here.
The N71 will take you all the way uphill until you reach the car park at Barnageehy. At the Sheep’s Head Way finger post sign, turn right into the car park. There is a sign for Glanlough there also.
To reach Barnageehy from Bantry, drive from Bantry taking the N71 passing The Westlodge Hotel and the turn off for The Sheep’s Head peninsula en route. Turn right at the junction for Skibbereen and Ballydehob and the N71 will take you all the way uphill until you reach the car park at Barnageehy. At the Sheep’s Head Way finger post sign turn in to your right to the car park, there is a sign for Glanlough there also.
From the car park at Barnageehy set out along the road in a westerly direction following the yellow walking man way markers. At way marker no. 634 turn left off road and continue on up a track in a southerly direction at first before heading in a southwesterly direction with forestry on your left as you ascend. When you reach way marker no. 619, turn right here to descend down to the public road going over a timber stile, way marker no. 603. Turn right here and follow the road back to the car park at Barnageehy passing by a timber stile, way marker no. 600 and a gate with an information sign on it enroute.
Note : Be aware of weather conditions and cut away peat bogs along the loop walk. Be aware of any livestock on the land, especially any Bulls. Please do not exit marked trails only on marked routes. No dogs are allowed on the Sheep’s Head Way.
The Barnageehy Loop Walk is one of 20 colour-coded Sheep’s Head Way loop walks.
|Download GPX File for GPS:||Barnageehy Loop Walk file|
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|Start/Finish:||Durrus Trailhead and drive to the Barnageehy car park.|
|Arrow Colour:||Follow the green arrows & yellow 'walking man' markers|
|Distance:||7.7 km (approx)|
|Estimated time:||2 hours 45 mins (based on average walking speed of 3 km per hour)|
|Metres Climbed/ Ascent:||546 metres|
|Maximum Height:||301 metres|
|Minimum Gear:||Walking boots, rain gear, fluid, and a mobile phone.|