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The trailhead is located at a gable wall 50m from pier. Veering right at the first Junction and passing the Granuaile House both loops reach a Y-junction at O Grady’s Guesthouse. Veer left here – following the signpost for ‘All Routes’- and continue along the surfaced roadway for 1km to reach the second ‘bohereen’ on the right. The Fawnglass Loop (green arrows) turns right here – the Knocknaveen Loop continues straight. Following the bohereen uphill and through a series of three gates the Fawnglass Loop reaches a junction with a green track (where it rejoins the Knocknaveen Loop on its return) and turns sharply to the right to begin the descent to the pier again.
The Knocknaveen Loop follows the surfaced road for 1.5km to reach a Y-junction where it veers right onto a minor roadway in the direction of the Abbey. Passing the abbey the loop follows the roadway for 1.5km where it turns right onto a grassy track and around the northern side of Knocknaveen Mountain. The green track continues for 2km and rejoins the Fawnglass Loop at a metal gate at the 3 way junction mentioned above. Passing through the gate, both loops descend for 200m to reach another gate which takes the walker onto a surfaced ‘bohereen’ beside the old schoolhouse. Turning right, both loops continue the descent to Capnagower – passing the Gaelic Football pitch on the way. Turning right again the loops follow the road alongside the small beach to reach the trailhead.
Please adhere to this code on any trips to the outdoors.
The walks are waymarked using black posts, about 1 metre high & local stone slabs, with a direction of travel arrow (green and purple).
These loops are part of a countrywide network of high- quality, circular walks being developed by Fáilte Ireland in association with the National Waymarked Ways Advisory Committee. The loops have been constructed with the kind assistance of local landowners and organisations.
Walkers use these routes entirely at their own risk. No responsibility can be accepted by landowners or by the publishers and authors of this information leaflet, for any loss, damage or injury caused or sustained during the walks.
Further information is available from Clare Island Community Development Office, Tel: 098 26525
Visit Mayo Walks on www.mayowalks.ie
Link to Walking on Clare Island on Youtube.ie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKA57hZTR34)