Glenbeigh to Mountain Stage
Distance: 6km | Ascent: 150m | Time: 2hrs
Drung Hill from Drom, Mountain Stage.
Start: Glenbeigh Church (V 6695 9105)
Finish: Mountain Stage (V 6265 8905)
OS Map: No. 78
Leaving the main street of Glenbeigh, the Kerry Way briefly heads south-west along the N70 Ring of Kerry Road. At the edge of the village the trail takes the turn-off for Rossbeigh. Having crossed the River Behy and reaching a picnic area, after a few hundred metres, a beautiful section of mixed forestry begins which lasts for 1½km. After an initial steep climb the path levels off and traces a narrow dirt track around the lower-slopes of Rossbeigh Hill before dropping back down to meet the road.
This quiet back road very gradually rises and allows for views across the valley towards a magnificent horseshoe of peaks starting with Seefin to the east and working around to the west with Beenreagh, Macklaun, Meenteog, Coomeacarrea, Teermoyle, Mullaghnarakill, Been Hill, Beenmore and Drung Hill.
After following the road for around 2km the Kerry Way intersects the 'Ring of Kerry Cycle Route' at Drom. This cycling trail also tours the Iveragh Peninsula and is of a similar distance to the Kerry Way walking trail. The main difference between the two is the cycle route avoids the rugged off-road mountain passes. Whilst the Kerry Way continues straight on at this point for the remaining 1½km road walk to Mountain Stage, accommodation is available at Drom West which is less than 1km away when following the 'Ring of Kerry Cycle Route' by turning left.