View over Altar and Toormore to Knockaphuca

The Fastnet Trails project started in 2015 with loop walks in the Kilcoe and Lisheen area. These were soon connected to Ballydehob and then Schull. Recently, loop walks starting in Schull have proliferated and Long Island now has it’s own way-marked walk. In 2018 a short loop walk was established from Altar Church in Toormore and in 2019 new loop walks starting at Toormore and Goleen Trailheads have been established. Four linear walks which now connect Kilcoe to Goleen are collectively known as “The Fastnet Trail” and it is planned to extended this further in the future.

The Fastnet Trails are principally located on the southern side of the Mizen Peninsula from Church Cross in the east to Goleen in the west and many of the trails are on quiet country roads so they are accessible in all weather conditions. In 2019 there are seven Trailheads – these are places where you can park the car, study a map board and embark on a waymarked walk.

Looking south from the Coffin Road (Colla Loop) with Sherkin and Cape Clear distant and Long Island in foreground.

The purpose of this website is simple – to provide walkers with a resource where they can see all the Fastnet Trails in one place and access PDF walk guides to carry with them on the walks in paper or electronic format.

We also have a Facebook page – if you “follow” this you will get information about events. Click HERE for Facebook.

Explore the winding tracks and trails of West Cork

The plan (work in progress) is to have a series of pages linked from this one:

  • The Trailheads – with links to downloadable PDFs each with a map and walk description. (almost complete – see menu above)
  • About us – a brief description of the committee, it’s history and how it works.
  • The future – long term goals
  • Help us – a place for volunteers to put their hands up – and some suggestions as to how they might help
  • Feedback and questions – a place where you can review the walks and ask questions
  • Acknowledgements – thanks to our sponsors
Maybe one day soon the Fastnet Trails will reach all the way to Mizen Head

6 Replies to “Home”

  1. I did the Knockaphuca loop yesterday and was really impressed. The signage makes it easy to do the walk safely and without the worry as to whether you will stray into a bog or otherwise go astray. Great initiative.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it. The trail is a great credit to the guys who did the work and the landowners who kindly give permission.

  2. Hi,

    Wondering if info on which trails are buggy/bike friendly? The descriptions go as far as country roads/private land but we’re not sure how much of it we could do with our 15 month old? A quiet country road would be suitable. Of possible identify the most baby friendly options that would be amazing. Its a fantastic initiative. Well done.

    1. Have a look at the trails around Lisheen and Kilcoe. Those are all on road and the roads are very quiet. I don’t imagine your 15 month old has his/her own bike so assuming you’re talking about a bike seat and all the Lisheen trails are good for that as there are no long steep hills. Also you might try cycling from Lisheen Church to Cunnamore Pier and even out to Heir Island on the ferry. Not waymarked but plenty of signposts so easy to find.

  3. Ran the Gorttyowen loop today, absolutely stunning 8k loop, perfect for trail runners. Thanks so much for the excellent signs along the way and the beautiful loop.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it – yes it would make a nice run alright – the hills are in the right places 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *