Our next hillwalk is Coomasharn Lake Horseshoe and Drung Hill near Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry. New walkers are welcome to join us on a trial walk. There will be three levels of walk catering for beginners right up to those who want a more challenging day out mountain climbing. We will be meeting at the South Mall opposite the Imperial Hotel at 8.45am and leaving there at 9.00am. The coffee stop is the charming old world Glenbeigh Hotel at 10.15am.
The Coomasaharn Horseshoe Loop Walk is a moderate 4 to 5 hour (12 km) hiking trail over a number of mountain peaks around the spectacular Coomasaharn Lake close to Glenbeigh village, Co. Kerry. This hike is a pure hidden gem and one of the finest and most picturesque horseshoe walks in the country….but don’t tell anybody!! The fact that these mountains are so close to the enormous and well known MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountain range less than 10km away to the east means that hillwalkers rarely visit them.
What makes this route unique and puts it apart from many walks on the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks is the magnificent 360 degree beautiful views of Dingle Bay, Rossbeigh and Inch Beaches to the north, the Skellig Coast, Valentia Island and Waterville to the West, Kenmare Bay and mountains to the south and the mighty peaks of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks to the east.
Whether you trust tales of Irish Mythology are grounded in fact or are just fiction, either way it is evident that this area has been lived in for more than 4,500 years by our ancestors who we know very little about. There is clear evidence of prehistoric paths used more than 4,500 years ago throughout the Bronze Age, ancient Christian routes and also medieval coaching roads throughout the valleys. These mountains and valleys are also full of astonishing archaeological articles such as Rock Art from over the 4,500 year ago and the exceptional Ogham stones of Drung Hill.