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Trekking in Ireland. The Glanteenassig Forest

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Ireland is not a country especially known for hiking, but its soft reliefs, its intense green and its many lakes make us think of doing at least one trekking in Ireland, although this is simple. The forest of Glanteenassig It lends itself precisely to this, giving us the opportunity to know the nature of Ireland without having to be experienced mountaineers.


The forest of Glanteenassig. Trekking in Ireland

The forest of Glanteenassig. Trekking in Ireland

The Dingle Peninsula in Kerry County it is known for its mountainous interior, its magnificent views and the villages that still maintain an almost lost language like the Irish. Located in one of the most western points of Europe, we decided to take this place for a hiking route through Ireland. However, our initial goal was to go up to brandon mount, one of the highest peaks in the country with its 951 meters high, but the bad weather we had been dragging for a week followed caused us to finally change the plans looking for a simpler alternative and if possible outside the most tourist routes. This was the reason for choosing Glanteenassig as a place for trekking in Ireland.

Glanteenassig forest park

The name of the park comes from a nearby mountain of the same name and with an altitude of 433m and whose name translated into Castilian means "waterfall valley". This natural park contains 3 car parks, one at the entrance and two others located in each of the lakes, where there are tables where you can taste the food we take with us.

The main attraction of Glanteenassig it is his forest and his two great lakes, the Lough Slat and the Lough Carun, both of a very similar size. Slat Lake for example has a small hiking trail of just 300 meters that brings you closer to the shore of the lake from the parking lot.


The forest of Glanteenassig. Trekking in Ireland - Lough Slat

Its views are really good despite the weather that touched us, but unfortunately there are no roads enabled to skirt the entire lake and lengthen the route a bit. Anyway, our idea was to skirt the next lake, the Carun, a little longer and fully conditioned for trekking.


The forest of Glanteenassig. Trekking in Ireland

Carun Lake Route

As is customary in many of our trips, time does not end being our ally and the rain in the form of knitted licks appeared to not take off from us throughout the day. Despite the inconvenience and having in mind not to modify our plans, we armed ourselves with our waterproof coats and set out to turn around Carun Lake, even with feet in dusty.


The forest of Glanteenassig. Trekking in Ireland

The rain began to fall hard. This at first did not bother thanks to a dense pine forest that served as a shield. The bad thing, that despite the fact that the natural park is a “Forest park”, the forest around the lakes is almost null and most of the way we would do it without this blessed protection.


The forest of Glanteenassig. Trekking in Ireland

The good news is that the route was barely 3 kilometers and ran along a perfectly bounded road, both with stones and wooden planks in its most complicated areas or affected by water from nearby streams.


The forest of Glanteenassig. Trekking in Ireland

Flat, very flat was the route. In total, we were going around a lake and this made us travel it by leaps and bounds, especially since the rain did not stop and it prevented us from enjoying the landscape. What I would have given at that time to sit on a wooden bench and enjoy the views.


The forest of Glanteenassig. Trekking in Ireland

We arrived at a kind of bottleneck that met with a much narrower part of the lake and where the forest began to be much closer. Maybe too late since after less than 1 hour of starting the route, the rain began to stop slightly and as we were so wet and we didn't care. We just wanted to get to the car and curl up under the cover of its heating.

Our first trekking in Ireland came to an end, after just over 1 hour of travel and with the boots passed by water. In spite of everything we knew how to taste that well-known Irish climate that encourages refuge in any of its acclaimed pubs.

Practical data The forest of Glanteenassig. Trekking in Ireland

When to go to Glanteenassig?

Irish weather is unpredictable and it can rain at any time of the year, but if we have to choose dates it would be from June to September.

How to get to Glanteenassig?

To get to this place we must first place ourselves on the north face of the Dingle Peninsula, very close to Castlegregory. South of this town, on the R560 road and near Aughacasla, there is a track that leads to the forest park ofGlanteenassig.

What to wear

Everything will depend on the weather. If there is a risk of rain, the route can even be done with an umbrella but the ideal is to go with a good raincoat. Here the temperatures are not usually very low to be sheltered by several mountains that cut the wind from the Atlantic Ocean.

How much?

There is no entrance fee in the park.

Where to sleep?

One of the best options is to enjoy the comforts of a Bred and Breakfast, although the prices are usually a bit high:

  • Kilkummin house
  • Beenoskee Bed and Breakfast
  • The Shores Country House

Other places we should visit in Ireland

  • Clonmacnoise monastery
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Kylemore Abbey

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