There are numerous short hikes in the area but here are the three most popular. All three can be done in a day to complete the Great Glengarriff Horseshoe.
North Horseshoe – Distance: 10km – Difficulty: steep
Accessed from Barley Lake or Caha Tunnel the route follows a stream west of Barley Lake. Take the ridge around the valley and along the county boundary. Views north to Macgillicuddy’s Reeks and south to Bantry Bay.
South Horseshoe – Distance: 11.5km – Difficulty: steep
Ascending from Barley Lake head south-west along the ridge, keeping Coomerkane and Magannagan valleys on left. Spectacular views west of Bere Island and Beara Peninsula. May be combined with Sugarloaf ascent.
Sugarloaf Mountain – Distance: 11.5km – Difficulty: steep
Can be climbed by shorter but steeper route from the stream at Maganagan, or from the south on a longer but less steep route. 360° panorama views over West Cork, South Kerry and Bantry Bay.