Hydro Road Walk

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HYDRO ROAD WALK

This steep road will bring you straight up to Loch Eighter, a mountain lake skirted by the ridges of Caher and Carrantuohill.

 

The walk begins on a steep road through mountain pastures with sheep grazing in every direction and the glen laid out behind you.

 

When you reach Loch Eighter, you will have a view of Caher and Carrauntoohil looming above you with bare, purple-coloured sandstone and jagged arêtes carved by a glacier during the Ice Age.

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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Geology

MacGillycuddy's Reeks were shaped during the Ice Age when a glacier carved out arêtes and deep corries.

Longer hike

Hydro Road is also a starting point for hikers wishing to summit Carrauntoohil via Caher.

Lord of the Rings

The Reeks often draw comparisons to The Lord of the Rings, which is perhaps not surprising considering that Tolkien spent a lot of time hiking in the west of Ireland while writing the series.

The MacGillycuddy of the Reeks

The MacGillycuddy of the Reeks was a chieftain title from Gaelic Ireland.

Hydro Road Walk

Reeks District

FAQ

From Killorglin, take the Annadale Road and turn right after 1.2 km. Follow the road for 9 km and look out for a parking lot sign on the left.

Proper hiking boots rather than trail shoes. Hiking apparel, including jacket. Walking poles. Water and food.

Ordinance Survey Ireland Discovery Series 78.

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