Blackwater Bridge to Templenoe
Distance: 7.0km | Ascent: 80m | Time: 2hrs 45mins
Start: Blackwater Bridge (V 7990 6845)
Finish: Templenoe (V 8525 6990)
OS Map: No. 84, 85
Similar to the Mountain Stage to Cahernaman section of the trail, which crosses several OS Maps, the walk between Blackwater Bridge and Templenoe also briefly touches on Map 85 for less than 2km. This part of the trail remains on the 'Ring of Kerry' road during this time, eliminating the need to purchase the map.
Starting from Blackwater Bridge, the Kerry Way briefly stays on the road before turning off into some forestry. The trail runs along the estuary of the Blackwater River, with views out to the Kenmare River through the gaps in the trees. After reaching Lackeen Point, the trail changes direction and starts to come back inland and retreat into the forest and away from the waters edge.
After 2½km, the trail skirts the private residence of Dromore Castle, which was built prior to the Irish Famine, in the 1830's. The Kerry Way gradually ascends 30m to come within touching distance of the road and then once again turns towards the sea. A further 2½km sees the forest track pass the ruins of Cappanacush Castle from the 13th century.
Shortly after passing the castle, the trail returns to the 'Ring of Kerry' road for the remaining 2km to Templenoe. The road passes and old church which is now been converted into a private dwelling and also a Pat Spillanes Pub, which is owned by one of Ireland's most renowned Gaelic Football players. After another few hundred metres, the trail reaches the church opposite the post office, marking the stage end.