This walk was rescheduled from February, when snow conditions forced its abandonment.
On this occasion, seven intrepid mountaineers left the Butter Road car park above Réidhleán / Rylane at 11.15, to start along the Duhallow Way, before striking out onto the mountain itself. It was misty with the sun trying to break through. The route card with precise bearings and timings became important in order to continue our ascent with confidence. By 12.15 we hit a discernible pathway which brought us directly to the stone mound and then on to the trig point and the small Marian Cross at 647 metres. From here we descended some 50 metres east to the oldest Tobar Naomh Eoin where we had a comfortable lunch.
Having descended the mountain westwards towards Millstreet Nature Park, we walked on to the Cnoc na Cille Bronze Age Stone Circle (1600 BC). We then continued the Duhallow Loop and arrived at the cars at 17.30. The sun eventually came out in the evening and there were stunning views of Cathair Bhearnach, An Dá Chích, Cruachán and Stúmpa. Satisfied with our challenging hike, scramble and energetic walk, we repaired to a local hostelry for a well-earned, hearty meal. Dhein gach éinne an-iarracht an Ghaeilge a labhairt i gcaitheamh an lae.
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