This route will bring you up Strickeen, a smaller peak that overlooks a mountain pass carved by glaciers. Even as you’re just starting to walk uphill, you will already be presented with a vantage of the Gap of Dunloe with its little road winding around lakes through a corridor in the mountains.
Further up, Lough Leane will come into view and then Killorglin with the Slieve Mish Mountains and the sweep of the harbour between them.
Finally, you will find yourself looking right into the Hag’s Glen which is enclosed by MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, including Carrauntoohil.
From Killorglin, follow the Annadale Road for 14 km before turning right when you reach the Dunloe Ogham Stones, following the signs for Gap of Dunloe. Once you reach the gap, park near the coffee shop at the entrance. Walk up the gap road to the trail start, which will be on your right and marked with an information sign. Remember to close the gate after you at the start of the hike.
Proper hiking boots, water and a snack.