Gubbeen Loop

Clapper Bridge - Watercolour sketch

A calm, bright day to start December took us to Schull again to walk another of the Fastnet Trails loops. The Gubbeen Loop overlaps the Colla Loop I walked last week but is a little longer and starts in the opposite direction from the trailhead by the East End car park. (If you can’t find the car park on the map, it’s opposite the Harbour View Hotel and above the harbour). 

We walked up through the village and followed the route along a road that we had never travelled before, passing a battalion of tractors spilling out into the road by a dealer’s yard. To the north the ridge from Mount Gabriel to Knockageeha (Windy Hill) was crystal clear in the cold light. The route descended and passed the Gubbeen Farm, well known for its cheese and meat products.

Clapper Bridge - Watercolour sketch
Clapper Bridge, Croagh River

An old clapper bridge at the head of Croagh River estuary marked a left turn to head towards Caherluskey where this route joined the Colla Loop to descend to Colla Pier and return to the trailhead with great views over Long Island, Copper Point lighthouse and Schull harbour.

Boats moored at Colla Pier - Watercolour sketch
Colla Pier


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About the route

An easy route on small roads from the Schull trailhead. Marked with green arrows.

The route on the Fastnet Trails website (PDF)
The route in Google Maps
Distance: 10km (6 miles)
Max. Elevation: 89m
Time: About 2 hours


  1. Ashley

    I love the sketch and the walk should be no problem! It’s a shame that I’m dogged with back problems just now! Perhaps in the New Year.

    1. Peter Clarke

      I don’t think I have ever seen so many in one place. We couldn’t decide what that place actually does – is it like a tractor scrap-yard do you know?

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