Ancient Ruins Walk
We meet in the coffee shop at the Old Creamery in time to start the walk around 9:00 - 9:30 am. Heading west by road for 3 - 4 km, we'll pick up the trail north along the Old Quarry Trail.
At Cahergal we pass by a scattering of old ruined farm dwellings which is a lovely spot to take a short break. Onwards to the ruined settlement at Crimea; an interesting spot with an unusual standing stone and other anomalies to ponder over.
The views all along this northern side of the Sheep's Head are truly magnificent. Heading west, we walk along a cliff path, aided by a rope hand rail attached to the rock for your safety. Please note that if you do not have a head for heights, this part of the walk may present a challenge.
We arrive at the 19th Century Copper Mines with its dilapidated mine shafts and remains of the miner's cottages. This is one of my favourite spots on the Peninsula and a great place for a picnic lunch. Heading off again over the ridge with steep and rugged cliffs all around towards The Cove and a slight detour to Carac Cairn. We then pick up the Poet's Way to the old Marriage Stone and finally back to base.
Type: Loop walk.
Duration: 5 hours approx.
Distance: 14 kms
Highlights: Ruined Settlements, Standing Stone, Miner's Cottages, Blow Hole, Carac Cairn, Poet's Way, Marriage Stone
Price: € 40 p/p
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