Caherconree Mountain & Fort
Reeks District is full of great walks and here’s another one in the Slieve Mish Mountain Range – brilliant for those looking for a mountain walk that takes place over half a day with the bonus of some great history and folklore.
The walk ends at Caherconree Fort, the highest promontory fort in Ireland, said to be dedicated to the legendary Iron Age sorcerer Cú Roí mac Dáire – little wonder then that this route is popular with Pagans at summer solstice.
To find the start of the route, take the R561 road from Killorglin towards Dingle for about 12km. Look out for a sign on the right for the very narrow road to Camp. Take this turn and follow it for about 5km. Once you get to the bottom of a steep road, you will see a Trail Head Map Board where you can park up. Have a read of the information on the board, which will fill you in on the finer details of the fort and its history.
Be sure to stay on the trail as it can be fairly marshy when it’s been raining. As you head upwards you’ll start to see Tralee Bay below you, and as you go higher up the ridge you will then start to see Dingle Bay and the majestic Inch Beach below.
As you look up while walking you will immediately see the steep cliffs and the old fort wall. There’s a top-of-the-world feeling and amazing views when clear. Once you get to the fort you can continue on to Caherconree summit which is about 30 to 45 minutes away, but this is only advisable if the day is clear. If there is a low cloud or mist you may get disorientated quite quickly, so make sure to take adequate precautions.
Suggested Restaurant & Pub
Jacks' Coastguard Restaurant
Jacks’ Coastguard Restaurant is a fine dining restaurant and bar conveniently located in Cromane, just five minutes from the main Ring of Kerry and Wild Atlantic Way routes, between Killorglin and Glenbeigh, and just 25 minutes from Killarney. This family-run business, in its unique and stunning location, has an exceptional reputation for service and award-winning cuisine, with local seafood a speciality.