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No trip to West Cork’s iconic Cape Clear is complete without a hike around the 7km Gleann Loop. Moderately challenging, it’s a real breathtaker, with unmatched views of the wide and wild Atlantic your reward for hitting the trail and spending an hour or two in the great outdoors.

Enjoy the mix of surfaced and sandy roads, grassy and earthen paths on Cape Clear’s Gleann Loop as you make your way from the Tourist Office on the island, following the clear route markers on this rewarding 1.5-2hr walking adventure.

With an overall 280m ascent and easy accessibility, this trail is perfect for the walker with an average level of experience.

Take in some of the finest scenery in Cork as you hike over rolling hills and along charming pathways amid unspoilt nature, with views of castle ruins, harbours, and of course the seemingly endless ocean to enjoy.

The pace of life on Cape Clear is truly different to that of the mainland, and nowhere do you get a better sense of this than where the trail skirts out around the island’s edge, bringing Fastnet Rock and the West Cork coastline into view.

Trail details
Loop trail
Moderate trail
Estimated time
1 hour 45 minutes
Why we like it
  • Spend some time inside the Tourist Office, local island producers sell their crafts here.
  • After your hike, a well-earned pint or bite to eat in one of the handful of pubs and restaurants that line the harbours on both sides of the island makes for a welcome treat. 
Contact details
Gleann Loop,Clear Island,Co Cork
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