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Duhallow Way
Mallow, Co. Kerry
Free to visit
The Duhallow leg of the renowned Blackwater Way is a 67km trail spanning County Cork and Kerry’s lush mountain landscape.

A three-day linear trail starting in the village of Bweeng, County Cork, the Blackwater Way - Duhallow route follows local roads for 21km of the total 67km. This scenic route ends in Clonkeen, County Kerry.

In addition to surfaced road, expect mountain flanks, forest track, bog roads, moorland, field paths and fantastic views too. Naturally, many of the off-road sections can be muddy in wet weather.

Easiest between Bweeng and Nad Bog, and Millstreet to Croohig’s Crossroads; the route is more moderate between

Nad Bog, Macroom/Millstreet Road and Millstreet itself.

The most challenging section comes at the last leg, Croohig’s Crossroads (Ballydaly) to Shrone. During the trail’s final 15km there’s a climb of 560m under Caherbarnagh and the Paps but no significant ascents elsewhere.

Rest and refreshment can be found in Mallow, near the trail’s start and Millstreet, at its later stages.

Dogs are strictly forbidden on this trail.

Trail details

Long Distance Waymarked Way
Blackwater Bweeng Shrone
Dogs allowed:
    Time:2 to 3 days
    Nearest town start:Rathmore
    Nearest town finish:Mallow
    Start point:Clonkeen
    Finish point:Bweeng
    Waymarking:Yellow arrow on black background
    Facilities:If you are planning on doing the Duhallow Way from start to finish logistically the easiest option is to get dropped at one end and collected at the other. However, there are various points along the way where one can park and walk a short distance to join the Duhallow Way. In each of these locations please leave enough space for a tractor to pass and ensure that you do not block the road or any gates/entrances.
    Clonkeen: Parking at Church Duhallow Way starts: W11048 82616
    Croohig’s Crossroads: W 22732 89579
    Millstreet: Car park W 26901 90276 or Claragh Road: W 26773 89854
    Mushera: St. John’s Well W 32140 85719 or End of Mushera/ bottom of Seefin W 34975 86168
    Boggeragh: At forestry entrance W 42432 87059
    Mossy bed: W 45236 87346
    Glenaknockane: W 44162 88482
    French’s Road: W 47003 88791 and W 46463 88761
    Bweeng: W 49960 88589
    Starting at Clonkeen the nearest services are available in Ballyvourney.
    Starting at Bweeng, the nearest services are available in Mallow.
    Millstreet is halfway point of the trail, services and accommodation available in Millstreet.
Why we like it
  • The views are particularly magnificent from the high ridges along the Mushera, Claragh and Caherbarnagh mountains.

Contact details
Duhallow,Co Cork,Republic of 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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