Coomkeen Loop Walk


Start/Finish : Durrus Trailhead and drive to the Boolteenagh car park

Grade : Easy

Distance : 6.8 Km approx.

Estimated Time : 2 Hours and 30 minutes approx. (Based on average walking speed of 3Km per hour)

Metres Climb/Ascent : 333m Max.

Height : 222m

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

Drive from Durrus village taking the main road for Kilcrohane and after St. Jame’s Church of Ireland take the first right, continue on until a cross roads and take the option for Coomkeen. (Straight on) this road will take you all the way to the car park at Boolteenagh. From the car park at Boolteenagh way marker no. 31 set out off road in a southwesterly direction along the ridge before you reach way marker no. 49 you will see “Lough Na Fuilla” (Lake of the Blood) straight ahead of you. Turn left here after crossing over a timber stile, way marker 20 CM. Follow a track (The old lake road) in a southerly direction which will eventually lead onto a tarred road. Go straight on here at way marker no. 16 CM, past the junction for Fahane and Gerahies until you reach a finger post sign for “Coomkeen”. Take a left here and continue along the road again until you reach two more sets of finger post signs, take the “Coomkeen Loop option at each. Continue back to the car park at Boolteenagh along the road, passing the turn off for “Durrus Cheese” enroute.

Note : Be aware of weather conditions and cut away peat bogs along the loop walk. 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.