Walking & Cycling

The rough and rocky Caha Mountains rising to the north and west make for challenging hill walking, despite their small size, but there are plenty of gentler strolls in and around town, too. Mature woodlands of oak and Scots pine in the Blue Pool Park offer some easy waymarked trails along the shore between village and pier where seals, perched on submerged rocks, appear to float on the water.

A maze of minor roads extends northwest from Glengarriff Woods Nature Reserve, serving holiday cottages and remote farms, and ideal for exploring by bike. Pooleen, where picnic tables stand beside a natural bathing pool in the Glengarriff River, makes a good objective. Only the fit and hardy will venture to road's end at Barley Lake, a wild hill lough visited mainly by trout anglers (don't even think about driving it in anything less than a 4WD).