Dingle Hillwalking Club

Keel Boolteens Loop

  • Grade: D (shorter options available)
  • Length: 14 km
  • Duration: 4.5 hours
  • Height gain: 111 m

Start Point: The village of Boolteens, with parking available across the road from the Church.

This Walk comprises the two walks below:

Keel Uphill Downhill Loop Length: 12 km, Duration: 3. 5 hours, Ascent 100 m.

Caher Marsh Loop, Boolteens Length: 4.3 km, Duration: 1.0 hours, Ascent 11 m.

The Uphill Downhill Loop brings us through fields, along river banks and the lower slopes of Glanbrack Mountain with a short section on the R561. The walk sets off heading east before turning north on quiet roads. After two kilometres the walk merges onto the lower slopes of Glanbrack Mountain before again transferring onto quiet roads and eventually crossing the R561 after 5 kilometres.

After another two kilometres the walk combines with the Caher Marsh Loop. 

The walk now changes and we enter marshlands and walk along the harbour levee on the shore of Castlemaine Harbour. This is a national nature reserve, a Special Area of Conservation and a Ramsar site. There are superb views of the McGillycuddy Reeks across the Harbour and the Slieve Mish Mountains to the north. The slipway at Laughtalla Pier makes a great spot for bird watching or lunch. In the past there was a crossing point of the River Maine here ferrying people and goods to the opposite bank at Tincally Point. Following the bank of the river the walk moves inland to eventually join a minor road which brings us back to the main road and the start of the walk in Boolteens.