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Sheen Valley Heritage & Amenity Area

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- Sheen Valley Heritage & Amenity Area

Overview

The Sheen Valley Heritage Area stretches from the picturesque town of Kenmare in Co Kerry to the Caha Pass that leads through the Kerry tunnels into West Cork.  It comprises 80 square km of breathtaking beauty and amazing history.  The valley has one of the greatest concentrations of historical and prehistoric monuments in Western Europe.  A network of scenic walks and cycling routes throughout the valley take in many of these unique sites.

A guidebook to the Sheen Valley Heritage Area is available to purchase in local outlets including Molly Gallivan’s Craft Shop, and at http://bonane.com.

Area Walks

Cailleach Beara Loop Walk

Trail Head: Molly Gallivan’s Visitor Centre on the N71

4-5 hours – 12 kilometres

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Fionn mac Cumhaill Loop walk

Trail Head: Molly Gallivan’s Visitor Centre on the N71

1 hour 30 minutes – 6 kilometres

 

Druid’s Loop Walk

Trail Head: Molly Gallivan’s Visitor Centre on the N71

1 hour 15 minutes – 6 kilometres

Facilities

Sun Set to Sun Rise Charity Walk

The Sheen Valley is famous for its wealth of multi-period archaeological sites. For many years the community has worked hard developing Walks and Cycling Trails throughout the valley showcasing its unique heritage.

Sun Set to Sun Rise Walk is the brainchild of Clodagh O Sullivan and has been organised to celebrate the Summer Solstices while supporting local charities.

The walk begins at Molly Gallivan’s Cottage at 10.30pm on the 20th of June, taking in the Cailleach Beara 12km mountain walk.  It is then returning to Molly Gallivan’s to view the Sun Rise at the Stone Row at 5am on the morning of the 21st and then continuing on to Bonane Heritage Park to again view the Sunrise at the stone circle at 6am.

The entry fee of €15 per person will be donated to the Kerry Cork Health Link Bus and Killarney Water Rescue.

The Kerry Cork Health Link bus is a charity that provides transport to hospital for cancer patients from Cork and Kerry and relies solely on fundraising and sponsorship events.   The Killarney Water rescue is a voluntary club that assists in searching for people missing following water based inshore and coastal incidents

Refreshments will be provided and sponsored by both Molly Gallivans and Bonane Heritage Park. T-Shirts to mark the event will also be on sale.

Anyone not wishing to do the walk but interested in viewing the sunrise at the stone row at Molly Gallivans at (5am) and Bonane Heritage Park (6am) are also welcome with donations for the charities gratefully accepted.

To register please call Bonane Community Council on 0831060894 or Molly Gallivan’s landline 0646640714 or mobile 087 2433894.  You can also email: bonanecommunity@eircom.net

The Cailleach Beara walk is graded hard. Spaces are limited so early registration is advised 

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