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This circuit takes its name from the Roughty (pronounced rook-ti) river which flows through the Kilgarvan valley to Kenmare. Leave Kenmare on the N71 towards Glengarriff crossing the Suspension Bridge.

Kenmare Post Office - You should follow the signs for Glengariff at this point.

Cross the suspension bridge

Turn left onto the side road - You will have passed the junction of the Castletownbere road on the right. The road rises slightly and then a side road to the left is sign posted for the Sheen Falls hotel. Take this road.

Pass the Sheen Falls Hotel on the left.

Sheen Bridge - Cross the narrow bridge over the Sheen River and bear left afterwards.

Roughty Bridge - Cross the Roughty Bridge with it's famous salmon pool beneath. A look into the pool is sometimes rewarded with a view of salmon waiting to make their journey upriver.

Gortagass - Rejoin the busy Kenmare - Kilgarvan road here. There is no footpath on this section of road so remember to remain on the right hand side of the road for safety.

Killowen - The footpath re-appears at this point. Continue back to town.

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