The Kealkill Stone Circle Walk from Carriganass Castle leads you to a fine example of a historic stone circle, with spectacular views over Bantry Bay.
From the gates of Carriganass Castle, turn right to rejoin the main road. Turn right again to head towards the car park and follow the signs to Kealkill village, taking a left turn up Lucey’s hill to the centre of the village.
Cross the road, and walk up Chapel Hill, to the left of The Brown Pub. At the top of the hill by the church, turn right.
From Kealkill’s Church of the Immaculate Conception, there are fine views across the valley, a glimpse of the even finer views available when you reach the Stone Circle above it.
After 300 metres, take the left turn, signposted for the Stone Circle, and make your way up the winding road upwards for about 1km until you see on your left the gate for the Stone Circle.
Use the pedestrian gate here to gain access to the Stone Circle itself, following a rough track for about 200m from the road.
The Stone Circle offers spectacular views across Bantry Bay to the west, Cnoc Baoi to the north, Mullaghmesha to the south, and the Sheha and Douce to the east. You can find out more about the monument here.
This walk will take approximately 1.5 hours and includes a fairly steep uphill walk.