Caher Loop Walk


Start/Finish: The Black Gate Trailhead at the Alice West Centre

Grade : Hard

Distance : 5.6Km approx. Estimated Time : 2 Hours approx. (Based on average walking speed of 3Km per hour)

Metres Climb/Ascent : 210m Max.

Height : 189m

Minimum Gear : Walking boots, rain gear, fluid and a mobile phone.

From the car park at the Black Gate / Alice West Centre follow the green loop walk arrows in a northeasterly direction along the public road for a short distance. At way marker no. 3 (Peakeen, Cahergal and Cahir) turn left off the public road. Continue up the track and onto the hill going through 4 no. stiles en-route until you reach way marker no. 17 marked Peakeen/Cahir. Turn right down the hill beyond Cahir lake on an old road, when this road meets the public road turn left. Walk along the public road for a short distance then turning right downhill again onto “the stony roadeen” passing by a private garden, next veer right onto the public road again for a considerable distance. At way marker no. 368 veer right again walking in a southwesterly direction on the public road passing “The Cill” at Caher, a famine graveyard enroute. The loop enters farmland at way marker no. 366 and descends towards the sea, at Trá Rúaim Strand, veer right uphill on the public by road and right again when this road meets the main public road to return back to The Black Gate.

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. Emergency: Phone 999 or 112 and state whether you need Ambulance, Gardaí (police), Fire Brigade or Mountain Rescue. To identify your location please quote the number of the nearest way marker pole or your GPS/grid co-ordinates.

LEAVE NO TRACE • plan ahead and prepare • be considerate of others • respect farm animals and wildlife • leave what you find • camp on approved sites or with landowners permission • dispose of waste properly

Practising a Leave No Trace ethic is very simple: make it hard for others to see or hear you and leave no trace of your visit