The Sheen Valley Heritage Trail starts in Kenmare and takes the N71 towards Glengarriff. As you cross Our Lady’s Bridge to your right you will see Kenmare Bay flow towards the Atlantic. After 300m take the road to the left follow this road for 1km (it is also possible to park at the Kenmare Old cemetery on your left) you will pass over Sheen River with the world famous Sheen Falls Hotel on your left. Take the first right after the Sheen Bridge follow the road for 1.5km and take the road to the right at the cross roads.
Follow this road southward keeping the Sheen River on your right, after 6km you will arrive at The Bonane Heritage Park on your left. The Bonane Heritage Park is home to a wealth of original archaeological monuments; ring fort, stone circle and fualachta fia are just some of the sights in the Park. Leave the Park and take the road to the left for some 2km, you will have a slight climb as you reach the next junction. Take the road to the right and prepare for the first steep climb of the day. After 2km you will come to a T-junction.
At this point the heritage trail continues to the left towards Molly Gallivans. However you also have the opportunity to take the right turn and 1km will bring you to Lorge Chocolatier, revive your spirits reward your taste buds; a haven for the chocolate lover. Return to the heritage trail taking the left road opposite Bonane Church (Parking facility at Bonane Church can also be used as a trail head to explore this route). Continue for 4km and you will come to an unpaved section of the road, as you continue to the N71 you will see the Caha Pass with the tunnels leading into county Cork.
As you reach the N71 take the right to Molly Gallivans. Here you will be rewarded with good food, a relaxed atmosphere and an opportunity to explore traditional country living before the advent of electricity and modern conveniences. Return to Kenmare via the same route.
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