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Alternative Route: Killarney to Black Valley

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    Black Valley
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The section from Galway's Bridge to Black Valley is prone to flooding after heavy and continuous rainfall.

This walk is an alternative route in case of flooding. It is best to ask locally about the conditions of the trail before setting off. 

moderate
Distance 21.6 km
6:00 h
239 m
177 m
246 m
19 m

This walk from Killarney to Black Valley takes you via the scenic Gap of Dunloe which separates the MacGillycuddy's Reeks mountain range in the west, from the Purple Mountain Group range in the east. 

Author’s recommendation

Make sure to visit St Mary's Cathedral before setting off, it was completed in 1855 and it is Killarney's best-known architectural landmark

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Update: July 14, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
246 m
Lowest point
19 m

Track types

Asphalt 17.49%Forested/wild trail 54.01%Path 14.05%Road 14.43%
Asphalt
3.8 km
Forested/wild trail
11.7 km
Path
3 km
Road
3.1 km
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Safety information

This walk covers a lot of distance over open land with little in the way of shelter from the elements, so make sure to check the forecast and speak to locals if you do decide to set out on a bad weather day. It can be trickier to navigate if the visibility is low so you should take extra care to stick closely to the GPS tracks. 

The terrain consists of footpaths, forest paths and minor roads. Although the roads and lanes can be quiet it's always best to walk on the right to face any oncoming traffic and make yourself as visible as possible. 

There is a risk of ticks in the grass. Use insect repellent and check your body once you have arrived at your B&B.

Tips and hints

Food & Drink

There are various shops, bars and cafes in Killarney to buy a packed lunch, or you could speak with your host to arrange for a packed lunch to be made for you. Aside from a small cafe near Muckross House and a seasonal tearoom (Lord Brandon's Cottage), there's nowhere en route to purchase lunch or snacks. 

Black Valley is a remote, small village with a small shop and not many places to eat, it is best to speak with your host to arrange for dinner to be prepared. 

Start

Killarney (26 m)
Coordinates:
OSI Grid
V 96406 90504
DD
52.057321, -9.511054
DMS
52°03'26.4"N 9°30'39.8"W
UTM
29U 464960 5767536
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Destination

Black Valley

Turn-by-turn directions

These maps and routes are designed to be used in conjunction with our traditional documentation. We have recently embarked on a conversion initiative to bring the two elements together, and this itinerary will be covered in due course.

In the meantime, using the two elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day.

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Coordinates

OSI Grid
V 96406 90504
DD
52.057321, -9.511054
DMS
52°03'26.4"N 9°30'39.8"W
UTM
29U 464960 5767536
w3w 
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Equipment

Along with your usual gear for a day in the hills you should consider packing gaiters, poles, and an extra layer along with a solid good-quality pair of waterproof boots of course.


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
21.6 km
Duration
6:00 h
Ascent
239 m
Descent
177 m
Highest point
246 m
Lowest point
19 m

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