Climbers Inn to Lough Acoose

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CLIMBERS INN TO LOUGH ACOOSE

Walk from the Climbers Inn through an ancient field system to the banks of Lough Acoose and back. From Climber’s Inn, follow the road north-east for about 1 km before turning onto a path at a sign that says Walking Route to Bridia Valley Cross Country.

 

The rest of the way is marked by posts with a little yellow hiker icon. You will pass through 19th-century ruins, a stark reminder of the fact that Ireland is the only country in Europe to have a lower population density now than in the 1800s as a consequence of the Great Famine. The area surrounding Lough Acoose is bogland that has preserved signs of a Bronze Age settlement, including ancient field systems and cooking pits.

 

Bog conservation is a hot topic in environmentalism because of bogland’s ability to absorb carbon and because this kind of ecosystem hosts a lot of biodiversity, including many rare species of plants, animals and insects.

THE WALK

Day 1 Training
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Day 2 Rafting Whitewater
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Day 3 Rafting The Chilko
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Lough Acoose

Lough Acoose is a freshwater fishing lake full of arctic char, salmon, brown trout and an endangered species of eel.

Ancient cooking pits

One piece of archaeological evidence that points to the area being an ancient settlement site is the presence of fulachtai fiadh, Bronze Age cooking pits.

Ancient field systems

Derrynafeana was settled in the Broze Age and signs of ancient field systems can still be seen in the landscape.

Peatway

Much of the area around Lough Acoose is bog, a type of wetland ecosystem. In Ireland, peat cut from bogs was a traditional fuel for heating and cooking.

Climbers Inn To Lough Acoose

Glencar, Reeks District

FAQ

From Killorglin, follow the Annadale Road for 1.2 km before turning right.

 

Follow this road for 13.5 km. After Lough Acoose, stay left at the next cross. Park at or near The Climbers Inn.

Good walking shoes, water and a snack.

Ordnace Survey Ireland Discovery Series 78.

Park at The Climbers Inn.

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