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

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