The Kerry Way Co.Kerry

Black Valley to Bridia Valley

The stage between the Black Valley and Lough Acoose is one of the most scenic one on the Kerry Way. From Black Valley walk past Cummeenduff Lake on a small paved road at the southern flanks of MacGillycuddy's Reeks. The following green road runs steeply in parts touching Curraghmore Lake and over a low pass with pretty views across the Bridia Valley which you reach along a small rough road. Here you have the option to carry on into the Bridia Valley and Caragh River Lodge (3,5 hrs from the Black Valley) to stay there or to walk on along the small road to Glencar (not marked, recommended as an alternative to the official route in very wet/muddy conditions). For walking on from here to Acoose see description below.

Where to stay in the Bridia Valley

Caragh River Lodge Bridia Valley Kerry
Caragh River Lodge welcoming B&B set in its own neat and tidy garden and with fantastic views. Services for walkers, comfortable rooms, full Irish breakfast, packed lunches, light evening meals or transport to local restaurants.
51.96978, -9.79664
(N51° 58' 11.208" W9° 47' 47.904")

phone 086 859 7097
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Bridia Valley to Lough Acoose/Glencar

The official walk turns right from the Bridia Valley road (1km before you reach Caragh River Lodge) onto 'Lack road', not really a road but a steep mountain pass with more excellent views and difficult at any time, but especially in wet conditions. From there descent to Lough Acoose and follow the small paved road along the shore to the junction with the main road (turn right for Acoose House, left to Glencar).

Distance to walk

Black Valley to Glencar 18 kms (to Bridia Valley ~ 3,5 hrs, to Lough Acoose about 5-6 hours, to Glencar 6-7 hrs.)
Lake Acoose

Where to stay in Glencar

Acoose B&B Glencar
Lough Acoose House is scenically situated at the foot of the MacGillyCuddy's Reeks with Carrauntuohill Mountain and looking straight onto beautiful Lough Acoose. Several accommodation options to suit all needs, Camping can be arranged nearby
52.012798 (52° 0' 46.07'' N)
-9.807025 (9° 48' 25.29'' W)

phone 066 9760 105
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The Rowan Tree B&B Glencar
The Rowan Tree Inn B&B

The Rowan Tree is a friendly family-run bed and breakfast located a short distance from the Kerry Way in Glencar-
52.013366 (N 52° 0.80197)
-9.850831 (W 9° 51.04987)

mob 087 2260658
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What to do in Glencar

Coomloughera Circuit
The Coomloughra circuit starts and ends near the house and is considered to be the country's finest horseshoe walk as it covers Irelands highest summits: Caher (1001 mtrs), Carrauntuohill (1039mtrs) 51.999447,-9.742744
and Beenkeragh (1010mtrs). The view from any of the three mountains is stunning! [more...]

Guided Mountain Walking & Self Catering Holiday Home (external link)

Reeks Walking Guides
We have a range of walks and climbs in the Kerry mountains and surrounding areas to suit all levels of hiker and all levels of fitness. Experienced local guide John O’Sullivan can also customise your own walk for you! We also have a delightful, detached Lodge, located in the townland of Churchtown, just 4km outside the picturesque village of Beaufort, at the base of Carrauntoohill, Ireland’s highest mountain [more...]



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