View MapView Map
HomeDestinationsKerryBonaneCailleach Beara Loop - Bo ...
Cailleach Beara Loop - Bonane Beara
Bonane, Co. Kerry
Free to visit
A hill walker’s favourite in Kerry, the Cailleach Beara Loop is a challenging yet gratifying introduction to the astounding natural beauty of the Sheen Valley and its mountainous surrounds.

One of the longest trails in the Bonane area of County Kerry, the Cailleach Beara Loop is a challenging yet immensely rewarding route that takes around four hours to complete. Incorporating woodland paths, open countryside and peaceful laneways, it offers the keen walker a way to really stretch the legs and enjoy unmatched views of the Cork-Kerry borderlands.

Follow the well-marked path as you set out from Molly Gallivan’s traditional farm, with its famine cottage and Neolithic stone row, continuing up Releagh Hill for expansive views of the surrounding valley.

As you make your ascent along the Esk Mountain Ridge to Turner's Rock (be careful, the path can be soft and boggy here), take time to pause and soak in the scenery – to the south lies beautiful Bantry Bay, while the breadth of the Kingdom of Kerry stretches out northwards as far as Carrauntoohil on a clear day.

Trail details

Walking Trail
Bonane Loop Walks
Dogs allowed:
    Time:4 hours
    Nearest town start:Bonane/Kenmare
    Nearest town finish:Bonane/Kenmare
    Start point:Molly Gallivans Visitor Centre, Bonane
    Finish point:Molly Gallivans Visitor Centre, Bonane
    Waymarking:Purple arrow on white background
    Facilities:Car park
Why we like it
  • The start and end point of this loop is the wonderful Molly Gallivan’s, a 200-year-old cottage and family-run visitor centre with craft shop, restaurant and tea rooms* all set on a traditional farm.
Contact details
Releagh, Co. Kerry, V93 HY26, 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
More to discover at this venue
Mail Icon SVG

Subscribe now to receive destination inspiration, travel tips, upcoming events and all the best things to do around Ireland.