Duration: 2-3 hours
Route type: Return/Loop
Buggy/wheelchair friendly: No
Surface types: Pathway, Rough Track
Points of interest: O’ Sullivan’s Cascade, Killarney Lakes, Ross Castle, Crinnagh Townland, Glena Cottage
Without question one of the finest walks in Kerry, Tomies Wood is a very enjoyable loop walk through beautiful oak woodlands along the slopes of Tomies Mountain. Set on the shores of Lough Leane, the Wood is home to the enchanting O’Sullivan’s Cascade – a hidden gem! The route is mainly all forest track.
The ruins of Glena Cottage can be accessed via the halfway point on the Southern Point of the loop. The rhododendron forest opens out to the Shehy Mountains where you can descend to see the ruins on the shore of Lough Leane. The cottage is steeped in history dating back as early as 1822; Queen Victoria was the most notable visitor when she attended the cottage for lunch in 1831.
This walk is currently accessible via boat from Ross Castle; the private lands in the Gap of Dunloe are not open to the public until further notice.