Starting north of Monee crossroads, proceed up the grass track at the forest barrier where the Duhallow way-marker indicates a turn into the woods.
The track gradually rises upward, passing under the power lines overhead. Ignore the path to the right under the power lines and continue as the way-marker indicates, straight ahead, until you come to a T junction.
Looking left, there is a grass mound, with a large, green farm building behind it. Follow the way-marker left until you come to the next marker, which is opposite a metal farm-gate. Leave the way-marked route at this point, and turn right.
After walking approximately 100m, ignore the grass track to the right and continue on along the forest path with green fields in the distance.
Roughly another 100m on, the track swings round to the left. Don’t follow the natural bend of the track, instead taking the other track straight ahead, keeping the same green fields in sight in front of you.
This track will eventually swing around to the left and, at the next T junction, turn left. Within 100m, you will come to another T junction and, here, you will take the right turn.
This track finally emerges out of the woods at a forest barrier across the road from a farm house.
Look left here and you will see a gate and stile, with a way-marker pointing across the stile. Follow these way-markers to return to your car.
Points of Interest
From here, enjoy views across the gorse and heather, which give a unique texture to the mountain landscape.
MoonWhile following this trail, you will pass through a turf-cutting area which, due to its remote location, is known locally as the Moon.
On a clear day, one can see Dungarvan Harbour in the distance.
Before returning to your car, take time to look back over the beautiful views of Araglin Valley, Ballysaggart and, in the distance, Fermoy, Castlelyons and the Nagle Mountains.
The Three Doons
Your starting point for this walk is in the Three Doons.
In the late-18th and early-19th centuries, a highwayman by the name of Willie Brennan was operating in the south of Ireland. He is said to have been an honourable man, robbing from the rich to give to the poor. This Irish Robin Hood was not to enjoy a long life, however. After robbing the mayor of Cashel, Brennan was caught and hanged.
Before his execution, he was asked where he had hidden the mayor’s money – he claimed it was in the Three Doons. To this day, it has not been found.