Walking in the Glenbeigh Area
Glenbeigh is a walker’s paradise, offering all levels of walks and hill-walks. The various walks are different in time and scenery. A relaxing stroll on the blue flag beach of Rossbeigh or a nature walk through the forest with some circular routes along lazy country roads.
Just a few of our spectacular Walks in Glenbeigh
Glenbeigh to Rossbeigh “Off the Road” Walk 5km
From Glenbeigh Village walk along the R564 Rossbeigh road to the Picnic Area at Faha Wood. At the Picnic area follow the path leading upwards into Faha Wood. Continue straight on at the path junction and over the stile. This path will take you all the way to Rossbeigh beach and offers spectacular views of the beach, surrounding countryside, Cromane Harbour and Dingle Bay from high above the road. You can return via the same route or along the public road. It is recommended that good sturdy boots are worn and as with all of The Kerry Way, dogs are not allowed on this walk due to the numbers of sheep on the mountain. It is only with the cooperation of the local farmers that it was possible to develop this beautiful walk.
Glenbeigh Fairy Forest Walk 1km
From Glenbeigh Village walk or drive along the R564 Rossbeigh road to the Picnic Area at Faha Wood. At the Picnic area follow the path leading upwards into Faha Wood. Here follow the signs to the left and allow your children’s imagination to run riot as they discover the tiny Fairy Houses and the colourful doors into the trees. This Fairy walk has been installed by Glenbeigh Community Council and has proved to be spectacularly popular with our younger visitors. As always please remind the children that the Fairies love their peace and quiet and that they are shy creatures so to see them you must talk in a whisper so as not to disturb them. Even so you must be a kind and sharing person and be very lucky to catch a glimpse of them.
Reenalagane Strand Walk 5.5km
From Glenbeigh Village follow the Station Road, past the former Glenbeigh Railway Station, to Keelnabrack Lower. This road leads to a grassy track that runs along the shore of Reenannalagane Strand. At the end of this track turn right onto the Reenannalagane road. On reaching the N70 Ring Of Kerry , turn right to return to Glenbeigh Village.
Forest Walk 4.5km
From Glenbeigh Village walk along the R564 Rossbeigh road to the Picnic Area at Faha Wood. At the Picnic area follow the path leading upwards into Faha Wood. Continue along this pleasant leafy track through the wood, past the left gap in the trees with the village in view, then veer left at a worn track onto the former Great Southern & Western Railway Farranfore to Valentia Line, which ran from 1892 to 1960. Continue along the railway line onto the Curra Road, then to the Behy Bridge and return to Glenbeigh Village.
Curra Hill Walk 6.5km
From Glenbeigh Village walk along the R564 Rossbeigh road to the Picnic Area at Faha Wood. At the Picnic area follow the path leading upwards into Faha Wood. Continue along this pleasant leafy track through the wood, past the left gap in the trees with the village in view, Turn right and follow the meandering path to the top of Faha Wood. Cross the stile and, with the fence on your right, continue the steep climb to the summit of Curra Hill (275m). Continue along the peaks to reach the hang-gliding launch area on the western summit (261m). From here follow the mountain track downhill and turn left on meeting the Beallach Road. Turn left at the crossroads at Drom West onto the Curra Road. Turn left onto the Forest Track, then turn right at the worn track onto the railway line and return to Glenbeigh village.
Rossbeigh Beach Walk 10km
This bracing walk begins near the Playground at Rossbeigh Beach. From here walk along the front strand with Dingle Bay on your left, passing the wreck of the Sunbeam (a cargo ship that ran aground in 1904 while transporting a shipment of ballast from Kinvara to Cork.) Continue to the split in the sand dunes which occurred in recent years due to coastal erosion. From here, take a right. On your return, continue along the back strand with Rossbehy Creek to your left. Pass the Breach Wall (where Lord Headley of Wynn’s Folly tried to breach an inlet in the Atlantic in the early 19th Century, in an attempt to reclaim 360 acres of land from the Sea) and return to the Playground.
Windy Gap Walk 12.5km
From Glenbeigh Village, take the N70 Ring of Kerry Road east to Curraheen. Turn right onto the Commaun Road that climbs Seefin Mountain, then take the road to the right at the crossroads at Treanmanaugh, and continue on the track that overlooks beautiful Lough Caragh, through Treangarriv and onto Gortdirragh. At Gortdirragh turn right to climb the Windy Gap. Descend through Gowlane, then turn right through Keelnabrack Upper and return to Glenbeigh Village.
Drung Hill Walk 7.3km
From the Walking Information Sign I at the Parking Area P at Kilkeehagh walk along the ‘old road, past the Kerry Way turn-off, to Mountain Stage then turn right at the Sheep Dipping Tank onto the ‘Old Butter Road’ which leads upwards along the northern face of Drung Hill. On reaching the standing stone turn left to begin the final ascent to the summit of Drung Hill (640m). Turn left and follow on reaching a narrow road. Then turn left on reaching the ‘old road to return to the Parking Area P at Kilkeehagh.
The Windy Gap Loop Walk (4-5hrs) behind Glenbeigh Village
The Castle Rock Loop Walk (1 hr) at Blackstones Bridge, Glencar.
With countless walks in nearby Caragh Lake, Glencar and Kells. Glenbeigh is also just 30 mins away from the McGillycuddy Reeks and is located on The Kerry Way defined walking route.