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Best trails in County Cork

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Trying to find the best County Cork trails? AllTrails has 71 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Bealanageary, Glengarriff or Fermoy, we've got you covered. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 47 easy trails in County Cork ranging from 0.6 to 11.3 miles and from 13 to 1,230 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in County Cork
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#1 - Sheep's Head Trail Main Loop
Bantry, County Cork, Ireland
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Length: 57.1 mi • Est. Multi-day
Follow the Sheep's Head Way yellow walking man markers. Start/Finish : Bantry West Trailhead Estimated Time : 5 to 6 Days Minimum Gear : Walking boots, rain gear, fluid and a mobile phone. The Sheep’s Head Way is a long distance walking route over 250km encompassing the Sheep’s Head Peninsula and the general Bantry area. It also connects to Whiddy Island by ferry and to Drimoleague at the east, Mealagh, Kealkill and Carriganass linking up with the Beara Breifne Way en route to Gougane Barra. The Main Sheep’s Head Way is 93 Km approximately, starting in Bantry, taking in the Bantry Bay and Dunmanus Bay sides of the Peninsula and out to the Sheep’s Head Lighthouse, before returning back to Bantry. The walker can experience spectacular views from various ridges, shoreline, cliff tops and lakes, this includes also numerous monastic, archaeological and historical sites.  Within this there are ten Failte Ireland Loop walks with trail heads at Carriganas, Mealagh, Drimoleague, Bantry, Durrus, Ahakista, Kilcrohane, Dun Oir, The Goat’s Path, The Black Gate and Tooreen. These are colour coded and afford the self guided walker to a wide variety of walking experiences from one to seven hours duration.  This is predominantly a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and NHA National Heritage Area and was awarded the European Destination of Excellence (EDEN) for the development of sustainable Tourism. Note : Be aware of weather conditions. Be aware of any livestock on the land, especially any Bulls. Please do not exit marked trails only on marked routes.  No dogs are allowed on The Sheep’s Head Way.   Emergency: Phone 999 or 112 and state whether you need Ambulance, Gardaí (police), Fire Brigade or Mountain Rescue. To identify your location please quote the number of the nearest way marker pole or your GPS/grid co-ordinates.  Show more
#2 - Ballycotton Cliff Walk
Ballycotton, County Cork, Ireland
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 15 m
This spectacular walk is easy for everyone. There are beautiful views throughout the entire length of the trail. There are also some picnic tables near the parking area and benches along the way. This area can get windy, so be sure to come prepared.Show more
#3 - Killavullen Loop
Mallow, County Cork, Ireland
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 4 h 6 m
Starting from the graveyard car park, proceed uphill to the forest entrance at the bend in the road. Follow the purple arrow onto a leafy woodland path. This is a segment of the Blackwater Way, marked with yellow arrows and the 'trekking man' logo. After a fifth of a mile, you will reach an uphill path on your left. This is where your loop will rejoin the woodland path on your return journey. Continue straight at this junction. Follow the woodland path for another tenth of a mile to where the Blackwater Way turns right onto a downhill path. You veer left here, following the purple arrows which will guide you around the remainder of the loop. Continue to follow this path for a further quarter of a mile to exit onto a forest track, where you turn left. Continue along the forest track until you reach a T junction, at which you turn right and begin the ascent toward Corran Mountain. As you ascend, views of the Avondhu region and the Boggeragh Mountains open up on your right. After almost 2 miles, the loop reaches its highest point (400m) where a forestry track which leads uphill to the summit of Corran and a metal mast diverges from your current path. Continue straight here. The loop now begins to descend, gently for the first half-mile, to reach a grassy track on the left near a right bend. Turn left onto the grassy track and follow it along the edge of the forestry (on your right) for a third of a mile to reach a narrow woodland path going downhill to your right. Take this path for a brief tenth of a mile to exit again onto a forest track where you turn left. The loop continues its gentle descent, with good views of the Blackwater Valley opening up in front and to your right. After almost 2 miles, you reach a 'crossroads' of forestry tracks at which you turn left. The loop ascends briefly before turning right into woodland and then following a series of paths downhill to eventually reach a wooden-log barrier. Turn right here and enjoy the remaining journey back to the trailhead.Show more
#4 - Crosshaven Cliff Walk Loop
Templebreedy, County Cork, Ireland
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 31 m
#5 - Sheep's Head Way: Lighthouse Loop
Durrus, County Cork, Ireland
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 25 m
This is a beautiful trail to the tip of Sheep' Head peninsula. The views of the bay and surrounding area are beautiful. This is a European Destination of Excellence. Show more
#6 - Esknamuckey and Riverwalk Glengarriff
Glengarriff Woods Nature Reserve
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
This is a great circular walk that is perfect for the whole family. Begin by following the Canrooska River before crossing and slowly ascending up to some great views. Once you descend and cross the road, there are some picnic tables that make for a great lunch area.Show more
#7 - Loop Walk Over Mullaghmesha
Drimoleague, County Cork, Ireland
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 47 m
Loop Walk Over Mullaghmesha is located near Bantry, Ireland. The trail is great for walking and normally takes a half day. It is also part of St. Finbarr's Way - a walk from Drimoleague to Gougane Barra. This can be either a loop walk, or for those with less stamina, a shorter hill walk with a car left in Castledonovan at the end of the walk. Start at Barnafulladh on the road going north from Catstledonovan, take a fairly steady climb to the top of Mullaghmesha Mountain (600m) which gives breathtaking views over the Kerry mountains and Cork coastline. You then head down by Coomanore Lakes and down a pleasant track to the village of Castledonovan where there is an Alpaca farm to visit if you still have the energy!Show more
#8 - Courtmacsherry Loop
Timoleague, County Cork, Ireland
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 29 m
#9 - The Giant's Grave Loop
Curraghbinny Woods
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 43 m
This is a fairly easy circular walk with fantastic views. It is suitable for all ages and takes visitors by the Giant's Grave site.Show more
#10 - Old Crosshaven Railway Path
Anglesea Street, County Cork, Ireland
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 3 h 8 m
Very nice city walk, giving you the possibility to be in the city but at the same time connect with nature and escape from the hustle. You can walk, ride your bike or go on your rollerblades and enjoy the good pavement conditions along this walk. There are nice views of the harbour and the river along the way, as well as plenty of benches and grassy banks to take a break on. Show more
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