Sneem to Tahilla
Distance: 7.0km | Ascent: 80m | Time: 2hrs 30mins
Start: Sneem (V 6900 6685)
Finish: Tahilla (V 7440 6575)
OS Map: No. 84
Starting from the western part of the Sneem, the Kerry Way crosses the Sneem River and exits the village by a small road to the side of a chemist. The 'Ring of Kerry Cycle Route' once again separates from the walking trail as it heads to the north-east in the direction of Moll's Gap before returning to meet the Kerry Way at Blackwater Bridge.
The first 3km of this section follows a mix of tarmac lanes and woodland tracks as it leaves the town. Trees and rhododendrons crowd the path and after a few minutes walking there are final views of the colourful village of Sneem can be seen behind. The trail gradually works its way across some bogland area whilst gradually climbing to 50m on the ridge of Knockanamadane. On entering a wooded area, the trail happens upon an art gallery.
Brushwood Studios is run by the Muller family who moved to Kerry from South Africa in the 1970's. Each member of the family contributes their own talent to the gallery from oil paintings, to watercolours, pastels and batiks. There are also a series of sea kayaks that have been built which are on display in the yard. Walkers are always welcome in to take a look around.
After passing the gallery, the Kerry Way gradually weaves its way back downhill over the following 1km. The trail stays beneath the various types of oak, birch and holly, with rhododendron filling out the space beneath. Soon, the 'Ring of Kerry' Road is joined at Fuller's Cross, at the edge of the Parknasilla Estate. This ½km road section can sometimes get quite busy in the Summer.
The final 2½km once again follow a wooded track which runs parallel to the main road. The Kerry Way soon arrives at the dormant 19th century village of Tahilla which, in its day, was a busier fishing community.