One of Ireland’s best-hidden gems is open to the public from dawn until dusk.
Gleninchaquin Park is tucked into a long and narrow valley that’s on the North West side of the Beara Peninsula. The area itself was formed by glaciation approximately 70,000 years ago.
Unless you want to spend at least 7km walking into the valley from the main road, it’s definitely advisable to drive in. The road is surprisingly well kept with very few potholes. Though at times it can be a bit unsettling how close to the water it is.
It was Mom’s second time visiting this astounding place and for myself and my partner Pádhraic, it was our first!
The park is family-owned and run, and as we arrived we were immediately greeted by the park’s owner.
Entry for adults is €6, then €5 for OAPS and €4 for students. A family of two adults and two children is €15 and under sixes go free.
In the background, the magnificent 140-metre waterfall plummeted down the mountain. After we pulled on our waterproofs and hiking boots we set off through the rolling green fields.
It was lamb season in Gleninchaquin and it was hard not to get completely distracted by the newly born lambs chilling out in the grass.
With six different walks to suit all different grades of walkers, it’s a place that can cater to both adults and children alike, as well as groups or just picnic-goers.
Because we were late to the park, we managed to do only some of “Over the Waterfall” walk. We took detours along the Heritage Trail but wow, was it beautiful. Even on a rainy, hailstone and overcast day, we were still able to have a great hike and enjoy the views.
To be honest, for the amount of time you could spend in the park and the actual scenery that you’re able to bask in – the price is exceptional.
Pádhraic and I wouldn’t have found out about the place without Mom’s guidance, and we’re so glad we took those winding roads through the rain to Gleninchaquin.