According to the Lebor Gabála Érenn, a collection of stories that claims to tell the history of Ireland from the creation of the world to the Middle Ages, three rivers burst forth during the reign of High King Fíachy Labrainn. One of those rivers was the Innbhear Mainge, known today as the River Maine.
This three-hour walk takes place in the countryside surrounding the Maine Estuary, just after the river flows through the town of Castlemaine and into its eponymous harbour.
The route starts and ends in Boolteens Village and takes in laneways, riverside tracks and hillside paths. While the circular trail is undulating, the fact it never reaches more than 100m in elevation means it can be enjoyed by people of varied abilities.
Along the way, look out for otters, natterjack toads and curlew, as well as sheep, foxes, hares and wild goats. There are also great views north to the Slieve Mish Mountains and south over Castlemaine Harbour towards Carrauntoohil.
Suggested Bar & Restaurant
Foley’s Bar is the perfect spot for slaking the thirst after a long walk or an afternoon of surfing the waves. Enjoy a tasty meal in the homely and comfortable surroundings of the traditional bar. With a superb view of Castlemaine Harbour, having a drink outside makes stopping for a pint something very different: watch the world go by while the waves roll in!