Whiddy Island Loop Walk

WHIDDY ISLAND LOOP – RED ARROWS AND FOLLOW THE MAIN SHEEP’S HEAD WAY YELLOW WALKING MAN WAY MARKERS

Grade : Moderate

Distance : 1.6 Km approx.

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

Metres Climb/Ascent : 75m Max.

Height : 40m

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

Please note the seasonal ferry times to Whiddy Island before setting out from the pier at Bantry. From the Bantry West Trailhead set out along the N71 to the Pier and take the ferry to Whiddy Island, the trip takes 20 minutes approx. depending on weather conditions. When you arrive onshore and from the Whiddy Island Trailhead set out along the road, at the T junction take a left at the finger post sign taking the “Tranaha” option. At the next way marker take a right over a timber stile and continue off road uphill along a path, at the second timber stile you will begin to descend downhill. You will encounter two more timber stiles before re-joining the road again at the fourth timber stile and continue on to your right. From here on follow the road and way markers back to the Trailhead from where you started.

Note : Be aware of weather conditions. 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.