|Start & Finish||Mealagh Community Centre|
This trail takes you along the pleasant and quiet country roads of the Mealagh Valley, through forested areas and a fairly steady climb to the top of Mullaghmesha Mountain which will provide breathtaking views over the coastal bays to the west and as far as the Kerry mountains in the north, on a clear day. Follow the Purple Arrows.
Set out (left) from the Mealagh Community Centre along the road for a short distance. Head left off the road when indicated and follow the trail to the point you meet the road again. From here you can take the loop in either direction. Head along the road to your left or take the trail straight ahead off road.
Sections of this loop walk are also part of St. Finbarr’s Way – a walk from Drimoleague to Gougane Barra, You will see the brown way markers that direct you towards Drimoleague to the south and Kealkil to the north.
Walks over Mullaghmesha Mountain (600m) should not be undertaken in
cloudy or misty conditions. Walkers need to be aware that conditions can change rapidly so good map reading skills and hill walking experience are essential in this landscape.