Great Wild Atlantic Way Marathon

Great Wild Atlantic Way Marathon

Saturday August 12th 2017

Great Wild Atlantic Marathon Walk. Courtmacsherry RNLI in co-operation with Barryroe GAA, are organising the inaugural Great Wild Atlantic Marathon Walk.

Galley Head Lighthouse

Galley Head Lighthouse

The walk will follow the beautiful coastline from Courtmacsherry Bay to Inchydoney Bay in West Cork on Saturday. The walk forms part of under the “Respect the Water” partnership and takes place on Saturday August 12, 2017. Starting and finishing in Courtmacsherry this walk will encompass some of the most stunning scenery on the south-west coast. This wonderful walking challenge on the quiet scenic roads overlooking the Seven Heads Peninsula is in aid of Courtmacsherry RNLI, proudly supported by Barryroe GAA.

Great Wild Atlantic Way Marathon

Great Wild Atlantic Way Marathon

Walk Route

Firstly the official start of Great Wild Atlantic Marathon Walk begins at Courtmacsherry Lifeboat House at 9.30 am. The route takes you to Broadstrand, on past Lislee Church followed by a steep climb up Cuckoo Hill. Narry’s Cross marks the top of the hill and the panorama lying before you is breathtaking. The full vista of the Seven Heads Peninsula opens up before your eyes. The Atlantic Ocean, from the Old Head of Kinsale to Dunowen, south of Clonakilty, gives you a distinct ‘edge of the world’ feel.

We journey further through the brightly painted village of Butlerstown to the very popular beach of Dunworley with its sparking blue water; past Moloney’s Strand and turn left up Lehenagh Hill. As we climb we see the Galley Head Lighthouse come into view. The views from this road to Ballinglanna are truly magnificent…the Wild Atlantic Way at its best. From Ballinglanna we walk on to South Ring, overlooking the wide, golden beaches of Inchydoney Island, voted one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Finally from the lovely fishing village of South Ring we start the return journey to Courtmacsherry.

This is a full 26.2 miles of roadway marathon walk but in addition, there will be options for a one way half marathon or 10km/5km walks.

Registration from 8.00am to 9.30 am in Courtmacsherry Community Centre or for the half marathon in South Ring from 12.30 to 13.30pm.

You can also register online at

Information and all other details from 087 0971758 or

Updates regularly on our Facebook Page: Great Wild Atlantic Marathon Walk

Marathon Details

Full Marathon

Registration: 8.00am to 9.30am in Courtmacsherry Community Centre

Start time:     9.30am

Half marathon

Registration: 12.30am to 1.30pm in South Ring

Start time: Half marathon

Entry Fee

Adults: €20  Family €50

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