This is a quite pleasant walk along " green roads" , part of it being the Old Kenmare Road, with boggy pasture around and views south over the Kenmare River Bay towards Bantry.
Side option: Visit the Staigue Fort: This iron age fort lies 1km off the track in quiet countryside and should not be missed! The drystone walls are 30 mtrs in diameter, 4 mtrs thick and 5 mtrs high! An intriguing system of diagonal runs of steps is leading to the top of the wall.
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Coomassig View B&B (see below) can arrange a pick up by cab from here to save you the last kms; an option to be considered when walking all the way from Waterville!
Distance to walk
Where to stay in Sneem
Coomassig View B&B is perfectly situated at the Kerry Way just before reaching the village, with drying facilities for walkers and cyclists, and lock up indoor storage for bicycles and back packs.
51.838595 (51° 50' 18.94'' N)
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What to do in Sneem
Visit Eagle Lake: Hire a bicycle in Sneem and cycle along Sneem River to the North, until reaching Glorach. Leave your bicycle there and walk uphill for about 1 km. As the farm road turns west leave it and walk towards the Mountain crossing a sheep gate. (close all gates and do not disturb the sheep!) Continue uphill towards the waterfall and you'll get to the hidden lake. (allow extra day)
The Lomanagh Loop Walk, a beautiful 10.75 km walk (~3hrs) well marked track (red markers). You can start the walk from Coomassig View B& B or in town centre and follow the Kerry Way for about 2 kms before turning uphill through forests and across sheep farms. You'll cross Slievanasashka Mountain with spectacular views before descending back into the Valley. The walk leads you along the River back into town (you'll find a GPS track and more pictures here.)
The Fermoyle Loop Walk, a beautiful 15 km walk (4-5hrs) well marked track (white markers). From town centre the track follows the Abha Na Snadhma River valley north to Coomassig Falls and further on to the river source.Crossing Fermoyle Mountain will open more spectacular views onto the mountains and Kenmare Bay, before descending back into town.