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Fastnet Trails - Ilen River Walk
Skibbereen, Co. Cork
Free to visit
Free car parking
The Ilen River Loop Walk - Fastnet Trails - 8km Easy Loop Walk. The Fastnet Trails Walks Group have developed over 10 walks in Ballydehob, Schull and Aughadown.

This is an easy 8km loop walk lasting two hours with excellent views of the tidal Ilen River in its many phases.

Starting at the Trail Head at St Comghall’s Church at Lisheen, the walk follows blue arrows along quiet tar roads. Lough Ine hill and the Beacon in Baltimore can be viewed as the walker turns left at Minihane’s Pub to travel along the Old road towards Reenadonagh Pier. At the Pier the walker takes a right turn along the banks of the Ilen with views of the islands of Innisbeg, Reengaroga & Sherkin on the opposite side. Wading birds such as the Curlew and the Little Egreet can be seen on the mud flats as the tide ebbs.

There is an option at the cross road leading people to Turk Head or to Cuan Caogh or Fasagh for excellent views of Whitehall Bay and Cunnamore Pier. Continuing on the original Trail people will pass the only pub in the vicinity on their way back to the Trail head.

Points of Interest:

• Ilen River

• Reenadonagh Pier

• Island Views

• Bird life.

• St Comghall’s Church – 1834

Trail details

Walking Trail
Fastnet Trails
Dogs allowed:
    Time:2 hours
    Nearest town start:Ballydehob
    Nearest town finish:Ballydehob or Skibbereen
    Start point:Lisheen Church
    Finish point:Lisheen Church
    Waymarking:Blue arrow
    Facilities:Car parking, shops, restaurants, cafes
Tips from locals

Take to the water on the River Ilen Blueway from Baltimore to Skibbereen.

Contact details
Lisheen Lower, Co. Cork, Ireland
Leave no trace
  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Be considerate of others
  • Respect farm animals and wildlife
  • Travel and camp responsibly
  • Leave what you find
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Protect nature from fire
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