Starting at the school in the village, proceed northward to the crossroads.
Turn left here (following signposts for Ballyhooly) and continue straight through the crossroads at Toberaneague on Rathcormac Mountain.
Take the first left – you will have walked a total distance of 4km by this point – and continue along this moorland road for 500m. At the next fork, turn left and walk downhill back to the school.
– 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)
Points of Interest
From here, enjoy views across the gorse and heather, which give a unique texture to the mountain landscape.
While following this trail, you will pass through a turf-cutting area which, due to its remote location, is known locally as the Moon.
On a clear day, one can see Dungarvan Harbour in the distance.
Before returning to your car, take time to look back over the beautiful views of Araglin Valley, Ballysaggart and, in the distance, Fermoy, Castlelyons and the Nagle Mountains.
The Three Doons
Your starting point for this walk is in the Three Doons.
In the late-18th and early-19th centuries, a highwayman by the name of Willie Brennan was operating in the south of Ireland. He is said to have been an honourable man, robbing from the rich to give to the poor. This Irish Robin Hood was not to enjoy a long life, however. After robbing the mayor of Cashel, Brennan was caught and hanged.
Before his execution, he was asked where he had hidden the mayor’s money – he claimed it was in the Three Doons. To this day, it has not been found.