Lough Glenawough Loop

The walk around Lough Glenawough or in Irish Loch Ghleann an Bhua meaning the Lake of the Glen of virtue, is one of the many scenic loops of the corrie Partry Mountains. 


The walk around Lough Glenawough or in Irish Loch Ghleann an Bhua meaning the Lake of the Glen of virtue, is one of the many scenic loops of the corrie Partry Mountains. The loop is rugged among interspersed corries and a diversity of glacial features, long sculpted valleys and plateaus that are surrounded by miles of undulating blanket bog. The walk starts in on the remote tarred road at Derrinkee and follows upwards across the bogland and intersecting with the Cross River.

From here the route will connect with the western spur with a moderate climb until the rocky outcrops plateaus out and you get a great view of the first corrie Loughanshee beneath the cliff edge. The majority of the climbing is completed at this point and a short walk later you experience the vast carved corrie of Glenawough.

You also have excellent views of the Owenbrin valley and onto one of the great western lakes of Lough Mask. The walk passes down a small windy col at Beal Óg na Croise that was used as a pilgrim route to Croagh Patrick, the route follows the plateau towards the barely there spot height at Luga Buidhe. From there the route descends steadily northwards towards the Erriff valley floor and the ground softens underfoot. The walk concludes at the lowlands of Srahlea.

Length - 13 km
Time - Approx 6hrs
Height Gained - 630m
Highest Point - 544m (Luga Buidhe)
Difficulty - B Walk (Medium)

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