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Cosan na Naomh (Saints Road)
Ceann Trá, Co. Kerry
Free to visit
One of Ireland’s most captivating pilgrim paths, this 17.7km trail is hugged by the renowned County Kerry coastline on one side and its rugged mountain landscape on the other.

An historic trail, this linear pilgrim path takes 5.5 hours to complete and showcases breathtaking vistas of the Dingle Peninsula.

Stretching from Ventry Strand to the foot of Mount Brandon, one of Ireland’s highest mountains, the route’s aggregate ascent is 400m.

From the beach it winds gently upward along a local road that curves around and treats walkers to a backward look over Ventry Harbour and the ancient monastic island, Skellig Michael. Cosán na Naomh presents only one patch of steep terrain, leading from the summit of Reenconnell Hill - the path’s highest point at 274m.

Along the way you’ll pass ancient remnants of the area’s ecclesiastical heritage from fascinating cross-inscribed stones to church ruins and beehive huts.

Near constant spectacular seascapes and heathery mountain scenery make this moderate trail a real gem.

Trail details

Pilgrim Path
Ventry/Ceann Tra an Baile Breac
Dogs allowed:
    Time:5.5 hours
    Nearest town start:Ceann Tra/Ventry
    Nearest town finish:Ballyferriter
    Start point:Ceann Tra
    Finish point:An Baile Breac
    Waymarking:Yellow arrow on black background
    Facilities:At Start: Car parking in car park at beach At End: Car parking in car park at Baile Breac
Why we like it
  • The trail boasts incredible views over beauty spots like Ceann Sibéal (Sybil Head), An Triúr Deirféar (The Three Sisters), Ceann Bhaile Dháith (Ballydavid Head) and Binn Bhaile Reo (Beenmore).
Contact details
Cantra (Ceann Trá) is a townland in Ventry ED, in, Civil Parish, in Barony, in, Cantra, Ventry, Co. Kerry, 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 Cosan na Naomh (Saints Road)
Coastal escapesFionntrá (Ventry)

Fionntrá (Ventry) Beach is a beautiful crescent shaped beach located in the Gaeltacht village of Ceann Trá (Ventry) in County Kerry. It is a sandy beach with a small dune system, rich in flora and fauna.

Kilmalkedar Church

Situated in County Kerry, just 8km from Dingle, Kilmalkedar is home to a fascinating religious site dating back to early-Christian times. Spread across 10 acres, the ruins include a Hiberno-Romanesque church and several significant stones.

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