Lighthouse Loop Walk


Start/Finish: Tooreen Trailhead at the car park and café

Grade : Moderate

Distance : 4.2Km approx.

Estimated Time : 1 Hour & 30 minutes approx. (Based on average walking speed of 3Km per hour)

Metres Climb/Ascent : 304m Max.

Height : 185m

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

From the car park at Tooreen follow the blue loop walk arrows. Set out in a southwesterly direction on the Dunmanus Bay side of the peninsula to the lighthouse passing Lough Akeen en route. After the helicopter pad the Sheep’s Head lighthouse comes into view and if you wish you can climb the concrete steps that lead up to it! The loop returns on the Bantry Bay side and at the Daingean sign near way maker no. 272, veer right here off the main route which leads you back to the car park at Tooreen.

Note : Be aware of weather conditions, unprotected dangerous cliffs 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.