Fothar na Manach (Green Field of the Monks)

Grade: Difficult – (The descent into Fothar na Manach should, however, only be considered by experienced hillwalkers used to coping with steep terrain and possessing the necessary fitness for the demanding re-ascent.)This walk is heavily dependant on a spell of fine weather leading up to and on the day!

Duration 4.5 hours

Distance:8kms

Height gain: 450m initial ascent – 400m drop – further 400m ascent

Start Point: Ballinahow Q431123

We follow the Dingle Way NE for approx. 1 hour 15 mins along a rough track to the saddle at Cnoc na mBristí where we break off to the left to begin our steep descent to the remains of the ancient monastic settlement of Fothar na Manach.This generally takes one hour of very careful manouvering as we negotiate the steep slopes that lead us to our destination.Having savoured the rugged beauty and the old ruins on the site we start our dogged climb back up from whence we came.We again follow the Dingle Way back to the cars while taking in the breathtaking views of the Blasket islands , The Three Sisters, Ballydavid and beyond