Ballyduff, The Mocollop loop
Beginning at the car park at the end of Mocollop Glen, 2km from Ballyduff, proceed up the Glen. The nearby Mocollop Castle, which gives its name to this area of the Blackwater Valley, is a source of much antiquity. The name ‘Mocollop’ comes from the Irish name ‘Maghcolpa’, which translates as ‘Plain of the Cattle’.
Walk up the beautiful Glen -with the stream on your left – through the woods. Follow this road, which meanders past a number of farms, until you reach a T junction. Turn right here and continue for 0.5km, then take the right hand fork. This will bring you down a magnificent glen full of furze (and which follows the route of the Clounagad River) and into the village of Ballyduff.
Turn right, back to the Mocollop parking area (2km), taking due care on this busy road.
– Information on walk provided by Barry Connolly, Tom Baker, Kevin O’Farrell and Tom Tobin, from their guide ‘Walking in Fermoy, the Galtees and Surroundings’ (Fermoy, 1999)