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Projects by The MacGillycuddy Reeks Access Forum

Listed below are some of the projects initiated by or on behalf of The MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountain Access Forum.


Training - Repair works on mountain paths, Carrauntoohil, Kerry

One of the key findings of the Upland Path Audit 2015 was the need to develop a skilled workforce to carry out the necessary trail repair works ‘it is essential to develop a skilled workforce in conjunction with capital programmes, and to sustain this in the longer term through phasing into other areas’. With this in mind we applied for and received funding from Kerry County Council to carry out the National Trails Office Approved Trail Construction & Maintenance Training Course for three days on site at one of the access points to the Reeks at Breanlee.

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Erosion Management

Erosion Management on mountain paths in Kerry

The need to combat path erosion, and to repair and maintain the paths on the Reeks is one of the priorities for the Forum, while securing resources and adequate funding will be essential to implement remedial actions in the short, medium and long term.
The Forum is considering all possible sources of self-sustaining revenue generating options in order to implement priority actions.

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People Counters

MacGillycuddy Reeks View Kerry

We installed ‘people/pedestrian counters’ at the main access points/car parking areas to the Reeks. These are small compact devices which use an infra-red beam to detect people as they pass by. The counters can give us a day to day, hour to hour breakdown of visitors to each area. This is to identify the paths that are being used most often, and will help us make decisions on which paths should be prioritised for repairs.

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User Surveys

Each weekend we undertake user surveys from the access points/car parking areas to the Reeks. We are aiming to collect as much information as possible about your experience in the Reeks and surrounding area, to help us gain in insight into your needs and how we can work together. The survey only takes two to three minutes to complete and we would appreciate your feedback, so if you see a person with a high visibility jacket coming towards you with some surveys don’t run away! Or you can undertake the survey by clicking here.

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Upland Path Audit 2015

In February 2015 we commissioned The MacGillycuddy Reeks Upland Path Audit, supported by South Kerry Development Partnership through the Rural Alliances Interreg IVB Programme and the Rural Recreation Section of the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government. The audit was carried out by international expert in upland trail management Mr. Dougie Baird, from the Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust.

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Detailed specifications for Priority Paths

new mountain paths being formed

Following on from the Upland Path Audit 2015 we decided to carry out a further piece of work to obtain Detailed Specifications and costings for the following paths: Hags Glen Path, Devils Ladder, O’Shea’s Gully and Caher, as well as providing indicative maintenance schedule for the paths, environmental assessments in support of the proposed works, investigating sources of funding to carry out this work and investigating a structure for a long term training programme to establish a local skilled work force.

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Signage on Macgillycuddy Reeks

Signage was installed at the three main access points to Carrauntoohil and the Reeks, at the car parks - Breanlee, Glencar also known as the Hydro Road, Cronin’s Yard, Meallis & Lisleibane, Beaufort.

The signage contains the following key messages for visitors:

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Signage was installed on the three main access routes to the Reeks

  • Cronin’s Yard in Meallis
  • Lisliebane
  • Breanlee

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