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Loch A’Dúin

 
 
 

Loch a Dúin translates to ‘The Lake of the Fort’. Hidden at the bottom of the Conor Pass ( Kilmore Cross ) is a scenic self guided walk in a valley that is an archaeological treasure chest. It is the perfect walk for a family day out as it is suitable for all fitness levels and consists of mostly flat terrain. Enjoy a picnic beneath the waterfall and enjoy a breath taking view of the natural beauty. 



Start/Finish: Kilmore Cross, the trail is well marked.

Time: 2/3 hours

Route: Look out for the black marker poles on the route for guidance. The river of course can only be crossed when water levels are low.

History: This valley contains a remarkable number of monuments from the Bronze Age (2,000BC – 500BC)- Bronze Age farming on the Dingle Peninsula. There are over 89 stone structures, many dating from 2,500BC. Including wedge tombs, standing stones, rock art, fulach fia, a fortified island and over 12 km of prehistoric pre-bog field walls dating to c. 1,300 BC.

It has also been discovered during recent years that ‘The Giants Grave’, a 4,000-year-old tomb is connected with the equinox. More information on this can be found in the link below.


Giants Grave/Ballyhoneen Wedge Tomb

Click here for a A Must Read detailed article by archaeoligist Michael Ó Coilean explaining the equinox. 

Natural History: The valley is also of interest to bird watchers, botanists, and geologists.

 

Loch a’Dúin Brochure of 1994….. The nothing has changed except the hut in the picture above has collapsed. Also in the distance you will see the forest growth and donkey sanctuary nearby.