C Walks are for those who enjoy regular casual walking activities.
These walks are family friendly rambles suitable for those ages 7 and up.
Whiddy Island Walk Saturday and Sunday
Take a boat trip out to one of West Cork’s historic islands! On Whiddy, we explored historical sites from the ruin of O’Sullivan Bere’s castle, to deserted English gun batteries, and a World War One seaplane base, on an absorbing and informative tour. The walk encompasses a variety of terrains from soft fields to rocky beaches and appropriate footwear is required to prevent discomfort.
The island, which currently has a population of around 20 people during the winter months, is about 5.6km long and 2.4km wide, and the walk takes about 3 hrs in total. Don’t forget to bring a change of clothes if the weather takes a turn and you wish to remain on the island after the walk!
The cost of this walk included ferry transfers to and from the island, courtesy of Whiddy Island Ferries.
Mealagh Valley - Saturday
The start of this walk is a steep climb to the top of Mullaghmesha with breath-taking views over Bantry Bay, once the top is reached the walk continues on level terrain before descending down the mountain again. The final section of the walk passes through farmland and along a section of the picturesque Mealagh River and ends at the Mealagh Valley Hall. The walk takes approximately 2.5 hours and again is suitable for children but is off road so no buggies!
Drimoleague Deelish Cascades - Sunday
Starting from the historic Castle Donovan, this beautiful riverside walk followed the old mass path along the Ilen River with its cascades and cliffs. See where the Clodagh and Ilen Rivers meet and cross on stepping stones in the search for wild ducks before reaching the Top of the Rock with its panoramic views! This walk takes approximately 2 hours and is suitable for children but no buggies as we did go off road!
- Buses for C walks leave Bantry Community Tourist Office, at the top of Wolfe Tone Square at 11:30 AM each day. Transport is provided to and from all walks. Whiddy Walks include ferry transport to and from the island.
- C walks take approximately 3 hours
- Walks may be changed on the day due to adverse weather conditions.