The Mass Path Linear Walk leads you across the Sheep’s Head peninsula in West Cork with views over Bantry Bay and Dunmanus Bay
As this is a linear walk, you can walk it in either direction.
Ahakista to Dún Óir Direction
From the car park at Ahakista by Arundel’s By the Pier take a right onto the public road and continue on until you arrive at a T-junction (Ahakista Bridge). Take a right here and then the first left as per the finger post sign for Baran, Glanlough and Seefin.
At the next finger post sign, keep right for Glanlough and the Mass Path. Follow the purple arrows along the road for a while until you go off road and over a stile. At The Mass Path Junction sign/way marker no. 151, continue straight on taking the Dún Óir option.
From here on, follow the Christian Cross way marker symbols downhill until you reach the car park at Dún Óir.
You will go over a timber stile (way marker Christian Cross no. 1) before you enter the car park.
Dún Óir to Ahakista Direction
From the car park at Dún Óir go over the timber stile, way marker Christian Cross no. 1 and follow the Mass Path way markers uphill until you reach The Mass Path Junction sign/ way marker no. 151, take the Ahakista option (Straight on). Descend down off the hill and eventually you will reach a timber stile, Go over it and keep left, follow the road down until you reach a finger post sign. Keep left here and continue along the road until you reach the next finger post sign. Take a right here and this will lead you back to Ahakista bridge. At the bridge take a left for the car park at Arundels by the pier.
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.
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|Start: (Reversible)||Ahakista Trailhead: Arundels by the Pier car park.|
|Finish:||Dún Óir Trailhead at Dún Óir car park.|
|Distance:||4.7 km (approx)|
|Estimated Time:||1hr 45 mins (based on average walking speed of 3km per hour)|
|Arrows:||Purple arrows and then the Mass Path signs (Christian cross symbol) from way marker no. 151 To the car park at Dún Óir.|
|Metres Climbed/ Ascent:||224 metres|
|Maximum Height:||205 metres|
|Minimum Gear:||Walking boots, rain gear, fluid, and a mobile phone.|
|Facilities:||This walk is nearest to the village of Ahakista|