Gort na gCros Low-Level Walk

Join us on this easy-graded hike starting and ending in Baile Bhúirne.
2021/07/17 09:34:16


€25 Fully Guided

17th July 2021

Group: Max 12 people

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 6 hours

This easy to medium-difficulty guided walk starts at the Mills Inn in Ballyvourney, before following the ancient route south over the hills to Gougane Barra. Along the way we experience life the Iron Age, stunning scenery, the march of Gaelic lords, and finally the mountain hermitage of Cork’s patron saint.

We start the day by meeting up at the Mills in Ballyvourney, where we go over the route, the safety precautions, and an outline of our itinerary for the day.

The Mills Inn marks the start and end of our adventure. It is situated at the western-most end of the village of Ballyvourney, and if you arrive early grab a breakfast before we go!

  • Introductions, let your guide know what aspects of the walk you’d most like to explore
  • Gear check
  • Explanation of route and safety precautions
  • Drive to start of hike (own transport)

Visit to Gobnait's House and Shrine

The site of Gobnait’s House and Shrine is a place of significance for thousands of years, up to and including the present day. Archaeological excavations have revealed activity from the Iron Age, and Gobnait herself has been honoured and worshipped here ever since – and probably before! The shrine, holy well, and graveyard all form part of a whole that we will learn about before we set off on our journey proper.

Please remember that this is a current place of worship for many, and we will be treating it with the respect it deserves.

  • Religious complex dedicated to the local saint Gobnait, dating back to at least the Iron Age.
  • Local graveyard is the resting place of some of Ireland’s most significant artists, writers, and musicians.
  • Learn about the archaeological finds discovered in last century that reveal the type of activity that went on here.

Slí Ghaeltacht Mhúscraí

We follow the trail of Slí Ghaeltacht Mhúscraí south along quiet country roads and through farmland amongst stunning mountain landscapes.

Following the route of Slí Ghaeltacht Mhúscraí south towards Gougane Barra, we encounter beautiful landscape, medieval battles, and one of the earliest Christian churches in Ireland.

  • Learn about the great Gaelic chieftain Dónal Cam Ó Suilleabháin and why he and a thousand followers followed this route north.
  • Discover where the first armed attack on British occupying forces after the 1916 rising occurred in the Irish War of Independence.
  • Visit the ruins at Eachros, recognized as on of the earliest Christian sites in Ireland.

Gougane Barra

We finish our walk in the beautiful hidden valley of Guagane Barra, where the 6th century holy man Fionbarr of Cork made his hermitage.

The mystical Gougane Barra valley is glacial in origin, the still lake lying in a basin gouged out by the ice. As the climate improved and the glacier retreated, ridges of gravel were left behind, one of which forms St. Finbarr’s Holy Island. St. Finbarr built a monastery here in the sixth century and gave his name to the valley which means ‘rock cleft of St. Finbarr’. The island has been a site of pilgrimage for over a thousand years.


We look forward to seeing you on this magical adventure!

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