Leg 8

 

Tinahely to Shillelagh – (The Finish!!)

 

For the road runners among you – this leg is about 90% on tarred roads.

 

 

 

At the stage start  take a small narrow track to the left NOT the wide road which is the entrance to a farm house.

 

You are now on the off-road section of this leg.

 

Go up the narrow track – you soon arrive at a gate with the next Wicklow Way marker pointing left up the hill on a track. About 50m there is another Wicklow Way marker pointing right where you cross another gate. You are now on the Muskeagh Boreen.

 

 The Muskeagh Boreen is used more by cattle these days than humans and in wet   weather can be muddy. The rough part of the boreen goes on for about 1.5k. When coming towards the end of this you will see a forest on your left. However, before you reach the forest there is one final gate before you arrive out onto a forest road.

At this point there is a small farm house on your left - you turn right along the forest road and after passing another forest road on the left, the road turns sharp right and drops down to a junction with a tarred road.

 

 Turn left here. From here on the route is all on public roads so be aware of traffic. (Not that I expect you’ll see that much of it!!)

 

Having turned left after about 900m you arrive at a T junction – turn right. After another 200m there is another junction – turn right again then immediately left past two stone cottages and over a humped back bridge. All signposted.

 

Climb gradually over 1.5k to Stranakelly cross roads and Tolans pub locally known as the Dying Cow. At this point you leave the Wicklow Way and it is marked all the way the the finish Taylors Bar in Shilleleagh