Rooska Loop Walk

ROOSKA LOOP – PURPLE ARROWS

Grade : Moderate

Distance : 13.9 Km approx.

Estimated Time : 4 Hours and 45 minutes approx. (Based on average walking speed of 3Km per hour)

Metres Climb/Ascent : 433m Max.

Height : 222m

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

From the Bantry West Trailhead set out along the N71 and at way marker no. 1 turn left and continue along until stone way marker no. 678 (on back of stone) and turn right taking the North option. When you reach the N71 again keep left and continue on again for a short distance until you go off road at way marker no. 4. When you arrive again onto the N71, take the option for “Dromclogh” at the finger post sign ( way marker no. 5) after crossing the road. Continue on along the road again until way marker no. 6 and turn left off the road, you will stay off road until way marker no. 22 . Follow the road along until way marker no. 25 and turn left, continue on up the road. At the “T” junction, take a right as per the finger post sign for Bolteenagh, way marker no. 26 and continue along until you reach the car park at Boolteenagh. At 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 right here and follow a track (The old lake road) in a northwesterly direction which will eventually lead onto a tarred road at way marker no. 2. Continue down along the road until it meets the main public road at way marker no. 1 (the finger post sign for Lough na Fuilla and Rooska West) and turn right. Keep along the main road until you reach way marker no. 25 to complete the loop. From here on follow the way markers back to where you came from and you will eventually arrive at the Bantry West Trailhead.

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.