Ardgroom is a beautiful, brightly painted and well maintained village overlooking the Kenmare River estuary. A large number of megalithic monuments are to be found in the vicinity the most spectacular of which is possibly the Canfie stone circle (dating from 1000BC) in which the stones taper toward points. These stone alignments are believed to be ancient calendars. This loop starts at the pier at Cuas Quay near Bird Point and treats the walker to a range of sites of interest (ruins of farmhouses, sheepfolds and walled holdings) en-route to Dogs Point. At Dogs Point, a small beach and sea cave provides the ideal location for a short break before making the return journey along the coastal section which offer spectacular views of the coastline. Towards the end of the loop the walker is treated to a close-up view of the renowned Coosmore sea cave system - only 250m from the trailhead.
A-B. Starting from the trailhead at Cuas Quay follow the blue arrow onto the tarred road and turn left.
After 200m you reach a grassy track onto open ground on your left. Turn left here.
B-C. Follow the grassy track across open ground and join a line of old stone walls. Keeping close to the walls, watch out for a variety of walled holdings, sheep pens and ruins of homesteads as you make your way to Dogs Point.
C-D. From Dogs Point sweep left to join the return section along the coastline (reaching 50m above sea level) and enjoy the breathtaking views over Kenmare Bay. In the distance the coastline of County Kerry is visible. Continue to follow the purple arrows to reach Coosmore Caves
- well worth a visit.
D-A. From the caves enjoy the 250m back to the trailhead.