A short walk from Port Tara Holiday Home around Portballintrae, ideal for walking the dog or if you don't have a lot of time but want to see some stunning sea views.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) Leave Port Tara Holiday Home and head left (Noth-West) on Ballaghmore Road (B145) towards the sea front. At the roundabout head down right towards the harbour following Beach road and footpath. You can extend the walk by going down and exploring the harbour.
(1) At the corner you can decide to either follow the footpath along Beach Road to the car park or you can walk straight on and down on the beach and rock shore. There is a path around the headland on the rocks that will take you to the beach and from there you can walk back up to Beach Road then the car park.
(2) At the corner of the car park, head down the path (East), keeping the water on your left, toward the river mouth. The views along this path of Runkerry bay and the sea are always stunning. Note this path is the only unpaved part of the route.
(3) At the bottom of the hill there is a sign post to the golf course and a small path that runs up a valley in the hillside. Take this path, right, up to the golf club house. This is the only steepish hill on the route.
At the club house take a break, otherwise walk along the footpath turning right on Bushfoot Road then straight ahead back to the main road (Ballaghmore Road). Turn right. Port Tara is visible at the corner and you are back to Port Tara Holiday Home.
D/A : km 0 - alt. 16m - Port Tara Holiday Home
1 : km 0.49 - alt. 8m - Portballintrae Harbour
2 : km 0.91 - alt. 8m - Runkerry Beach Path
3 : km 1.22 - alt. 5m - Bushfoot Golf Club Path
D/A : km 2.07 - alt. 16m - Port Tara Holiday Home
At the club house if you are thirsty head in for a quick pint, everyone is welcome and the prices are very reasonable. The view from the club house across the golf course and the bay are amazing.
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