Lomanagh Loop Walk

For those looking for a pleasant, scenic walk, why not […]

LomanaghLoopWalk

For those looking for a pleasant, scenic walk, why not try the Lomanagh Loop Walk on The Kerry Way.  The 11km loop walk – categorized as “moderate” – takes roughly 3 hours to complete.  It begins and ends in Sneem.

Sneem Village

The village of Sneem is approximately 20 minutes drive from Kenmare Coastal Holiday Cottages along the Ring of Kerry.  Park your car (or bike) in Sneem Village.  Sneem consists of two squares – north and south – with a bridge linking the two.  From the North Square (the one with the pink D. O’Shea pub), follow the signs pointing off the square in the direction of Sneem Burial Ground.

Walking Trail

Soon after, you will start seeing the red trail markings that guide you along the walking trail.  The Lomanagh Loop is relatively well marked throughout – provided you apply the logic that if there is a turn off the road and no sign, keep going straight!

The first few kms of the walk are along quiet country lanes, climbing gradually, with lovely mountains views, sweeping back down to Kenmare Bay.  Thereafter the route is along a wide track that passes through a forested area.  Although uphill, it is not steep, allowing you to feel satisfied that you’re getting proper exercise without it being too testing.

The walking trail later leads you through fields of sheep grazing placidly, utterly unperturbed by walkers.   These fields are a little boggy in parts, so on a wet day it would be prudent to wear waterproof footwear.  There are some helpful wooden bridges crossing small streams (see photo below for reference).

All in all, it is a wonderfully pleasant and peaceful walk.  The only sounds to interrupt the silence are birdsong and the bleating of sheep. The trail eventually leads back onto a quiet country lane, which gradually loops back to Sneem village.

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After your walk, make sure to pop into the family run The Village Kitchen, just beside the bridge in Sneem. They do a great seafood chowder, and an even better apple tart (with cloves, yum!).  Good coffee too.

Map

For a map outlining the route, please refer to the Irish Trails website listing for the Lomanagh Loop here.