The North Engine Loop, Allihies, County Cork
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
The colourful West Cork village of Allihies is the perfect base for exploring some of West Cork’s best walking routes, and this one, which sweeps in a loop around the coast doesn’t disappoint. Bird-flecked cliffs, rocky fields, crashing waves and vast sea views mark the coastal part of the walk, which then detours inland. Passing by farm buildings, the route climbs up into the disused Mountain Mine area, which reveals Allihies’ past as a copper mining hub in the 19th century. Keep going and you’ll eventually loop back to the village, where music, food and pints await inside the bright-red O’Neills pub.