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Cosán na Naomh (The Saint's Road)
Walking
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.

Afterwards, head to nearby Ballyferriter for a bite to eat or a rest of the legs.

Trail details
Type
linear
Grade
Moderate
Length
17.7km
Estimated time
5 hours 30 minutes
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).
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