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Sheep's Head - Lighthouse Loop
Walking
With stunning views over West Cork’s famed coastal scenery, the Sheep’s Head Lighthouse Loop is 4km of raw, rugged beauty. Don’t miss the chance to explore this corner of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Taking two hours to complete, this loop circles the far tip of the spectacular Sheep’s Head Peninsula in County Cork.

The loop’s terrain consists of tracks and paths which are sometimes steep and rocky. The trail also passes some high cliffs.

Starting and ending at the Toreen Point car park at the peninsula’s tip, a well-signposted footpath then leads you past rocky outcrops and idyllic Lough Akeen before reaching the lighthouse at the end of the headland.

The path continues along the northern side of the peninsula, crossing some rough ground underfoot. Care is needed here as sheer cliffs and steep coastal crags dominate this section of the headland. Soon after you have rounded the cliffs, the short 4km loop diverts across the headland and returns to the car park.

Near the trailhead you’ll find welcome refreshment at Bernie’s Cupán Tae café. Or in nearby Kilcrohane you’ll find yet more options for a post-walk treat.

Trail details
Type
loop
Grade
Moderate
Length
4km
Estimated time
2 hours
Why we like it
  • This loop skirts the small, picturesque lake known as Lough Akeen. You’ll also embrace endless coastal scenery on the trail, including views of Mizen Head and the Beara Peninsula.
  • Sheep’s Head Lighthouse has been shining bright at the peninsula’s edge since 1968 and stands seven metres tall.
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