11 AM We’ll meeting at Álaind Lodges, Moularostig, Sneem, V93AC80. From here, we’ll drive to the walk starting point for exploring the lakes and waterfall in Sneem’s Dunkerron Mountains.
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.
What We’ll Do on the Three Lakes Walk and Waterfall Sneem Mountains Walk
We’ll meet at Álaind Lodges at 11 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.
If we’re lucky, we might even catch sight of the Kerry white-tailed sea eagles which regularly visit the area.