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Dunkerron Mountains Sneem – Three Lakes and Waterfall Walk

On this 8 km moderately difficult 4 hr experience, we’ll explore the wild and rugged lower slopes of the Dunkerron Mountain as we discover the three lakes above Sneem.

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We typically meet at 9.45 AM at Álaind Lodges, Moularostig, Sneem, V93AC80. From here, we’ll drive to our starting point for exploring the lakes and waterfall in Sneem’s Dunkerron Mountains. All scheduled walks will proceed once two or more people have booked. 

Mountains, Lakes, Waterfall Day Trip Highlights include:

  • Walking off-trail through wild countryside in the lower slopes of the Dunkerron Mountains.
  • Exploring this amazing geological sandstone mountain wonderland.
  • Spectacular views across Dromtine Lake, the valleys to Sneem village, Kenmare Bay and the Caha Mountains of Beara.
  • Taking a break by the waters of Lough Coomnacronia.
  • Marveling at the towering 260 metre corrie cliff of Eagle Lake.
  • Fabulous photo opportunities of 130m high Coomanassig waterfall.
  • Traversing the open moorland long ago smoothed by the deposits of ice age glaciers.
  • Possible encounters with sheep, hares, mountain goats, huge ravens and perhaps the white-tailed sea eagles.
Lunch at Coomnacronia Lake
The tastiest lunches are those enjoyed in good company in the mountains.

What We’ll Do on the Three Lakes Walk and Waterfall Sneem Mountains Walk

We’ll meet at Álaind Lodges at 9.45 am before continuing by car to the start of the trail. Today’s walk brings us up close to the spectacular Dunkerron Mountains, Coomnacronia and Eagle’s Lakes and Coomanassig Waterfall

Description: Moderate; 8 Km; height gain 400m; max height 430m.

Today’s walk is all about traversing the lower slopes of Sneem’s Dunkerron Mountains. Although these mountain are between 600m and 700m high, we’ll be keeping to a maximum height of approximately 430m. This allows us to get close to the beautiful geological features of the Kerry Geo Park, no matter the weather.

Venturing higher into the Dunkerrons of Sneem, we experience the ruggedness of these mountains. Colliding continental plates began forming them over 300 million years ago. Before this, shallow tropical seas covered the land giving rise to their old red sandstone rock makeup.

The weather and ice movements eroded the sandstone over millions of years. Today you’ll find a geological wonderland of sheer rock faces, rugged ridges and deep walled cooms. 

On this walk we’ll enjoys views of Dromtine Lake as we gain height. Crossing the open moorland terrain while walking in deep grass, we’ll reach the beautiful hidden lake of Lough Coomnacronia. Here, we’ll stop for a well earned lunch. Afterwards, we’ll traverse to the wonderful Eagles lake and Coomanassig, a 100m waterfall on the vertical cliff walls of Knocknagantee.

Coomanassig Waterfall and Eagles Lake in the Sneem Mountains
Crossing the humble beginnings of the Sneem River at Eagle’s Lake

If we’re lucky, we might even catch sight of the Kerry white-tailed sea eagles which regularly visit the area.

White-tailed Sea Eagles high above the Sneem Mountains
White-tailed Sea Eagle soaring above Sneem

After your walk why not spend some time exploring the village of Sneem itself. You’ll find it full of history and offers a great deal of things to do and see.

What To Wear for Sneem Walks?

  • Quick-drying loose or stretchy pants.  Avoid wearing jeans and cotton tee-shirts, which can get uncomfortable when warm and very cold when wet.
  • Waterproof walking boots with good grips and good laces.
  • Good Walking Socks
  • 100% waterproof shell type jacket.

What to Pack for this Walk?

  • Spare warm fleece type top (a couple of thin layers).
  • Small backpack for food, spare clothes and other supplies.
  • Hat & Gloves.
  • Gaiters – keep your ankles / calves dry in wet long grass.
  • Waterproof over-trousers.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Smartphone for contact and for fantastic photos.
  • Water bottle – preferably a reusable one.

If you have questions about this walking trip, you can contact me Fergal Harrington at +353-85-258-1480 or by email.  You can book your trip online.


Booking Conditions:

Scheduled walking experiences will proceed once two people have booked. Private experiences are subject to minimum number of 3 or the equivalent in charges.
Full payment required at booking: This secures your spot and helps with planning.


By you (guest):

  • Full refund: Up to 7 days before the walk.
  • Partial refund: 3 days before the walk.
  • No refund: Within 2 days of the walk.
By Fergal Harrington, Álaind Walking (organizer):
  • Full refund: In case of cancellation due to inclement weather (e.g., heavy rain, strong winds, thunderstorms). You’ll have the option to reschedule for another date.

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