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- Mealis, Beaufort, Killarney, Co Kerry, Ireland
Cronin’s Yard accesses two National Looped Walks, the Cronin’s Yard Loop and the Lisliebane Loop. Information and downloadable maps (courtesy of Fáílte Ireland) are available here.
Trailhead: Cronin’s Yard, Mealis, Co. Kerry
Services: Cronin’s Yard, Beaufort (12km), Killarney (22km)
Dist/Time: 8km / 2hrs – 2hr 30mins
Terrain: Sandy paths and mountain tracks.
To Suit: All levels of fitness
Min. Gear: Hiking boots, raingear, fluid, snack and mobile phone.
Grid Ref: OS Sheet 78, V837 873
A-B: Starting from the trailhead at the exit from Cronin’s Yard follow the purple arrow along the sandy path for 1km to reach a footbridge over the Caol River. Shortly afterwards you reach a Y-junction above a second footbridge. This is the point from where the loop ‘proper’ begins – you will return to here later – for now veer left.
B-C: Follow the purple arrows across a stile and onto the left bank of the Gaddach River. After 500m you reach a clump of trees where the loop turns sharp left off the river, and crosses a short section of open ground to join the right bank of the Caol River. Follow the river uphill for 500m – but watch carefully for a point where the loop veers right, crosses over a ridge, and descends at an angle to reach a Y-junction in the Gaddach River. Joining the riverbank – turn left.
C-D: Following the purple arrows along the riverbank for 500m you reach Lough Callee where the loop crosses to the other side of the river and joins a sandy path. Turn right here and start the descent toward the trailhead. After 500m cross a stream via stepping stones and, after 1km, you reach a Y-junction of paths. The path to the left is the route back to another trailhead at Lisleibane – you veer right (downhill) and cross the Gaddach River again at a metal footbridge. Almost immediately after the footbridge – you regain the point mentioned at B above from where you started the loop – this time veer left.
D-A. Follow the sandy path as it takes you back across the footbridge over the Caol River and back to the trailhead.