Walk Report: Last Sunday the moderate walkers and the short walkers headed for Glaninchiquin on the northern side of the Beara peninsula. The easy or introductory walk headed for the splendours of the Old Kenmare Road from the Kenmare side. The weather forecast was not great with rain expect to come in during the day. Glaninchiquin was formed by a retreating glacier at the end of the last ice age and contains Lough Clonee and Lough Inchiquin with a spectacular waterfall. The moderate walk completed the full circuit of Glaninchiquin in an anti clockwise direction in a creditable 5.5 hours despite the worsening weather and the consequent navigational challenges.
The short walk ascended to the top on the western side of the waterfall and crossed the river which feeds the waterfall. On their way back they descended beside the spectacular Maulagowna river which by this time was flowing in torrents with a series of spectacular waterfalls. At the finishing point they were able to observe flow of water on Glaninchiquin waterfall had increased dramatically. Meanwhile the easy walkers were on the Old Kenmare Road which was once the main route between Kenmare and Killarney. In the 19th century the road was closed off and the townlands along the road were emptied of people over the next forty years, through a combination of famine, emigration and efforts by the landowner to clear the glens in order to create a deer forest.
By the 1860s the Old Kenmare Road would have look pretty much like it is now, a rough track through an upland wilderness, a truly scenic and evocative route. After our exertions we were glad to be able to change into dry clothes and head for the Lansdowne Arms Hotel for refreshments and grub.