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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.

Erosion Management

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.

Read more: Erosion Management

User Surveys

If you have visited the Reeks and would like to share your experience with us please complete the attached short survey.

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Since 2015 specialised trail repair training has occurred.  This has resulted in new skills being taught and put into practice.

Read more: Training

People Counters

In 2017 over 125,000 people accessed the Macgillycuddy Reeks from one of the 3 main access points, Breanlee, Lisliebane and Cronin's Yard.

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The following signage is in place at the 4 main access points to Carrauntoohil and the Reeks, Breanlee in Glencar, Cronin's Yard in Mealis, Lisleibane in Beaufort and Strickeen in the Gap of Dunloe. Please take on board the key messages:

Read more: Signage

Upland Path Audit

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 from the Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust.

Read more: Upland Path Audit



Signage was installed on the 4 main access points to Carrauntoohil and the Reeks.

  • Breanlee in Glencar
  • Cronin's Yard in Mealis
  • Lisleibane in Beaufort
  • Strickeen in the Gap of Dunloe

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