Mass Path Linear Walk


Start/Finish : The Dún Óir Trailhead at Dún Óir car park to Ahakista Trailhead at the car park at Arundels by the pier

Grade : Hard

Distance : 4.7 Km approx.

Estimated Time : 1 Hour and 45 minutes approx. (Based on average walking speed of 3Km per hour)

Metres Climb/Ascent : 224m Max.

Height : 205m

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

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.


From the car park at Ahakista take a right onto the public road and continue on until you arrive at a tee junction (Ahakista Bridge). Take a right here and then the first left as per the finger post sign for Baran,Glanlough & 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 inter the car park.

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.