Stark and eerie, Cummingeera is an abandoned village near Lauragh at the base of a cliff in a wild, remote valley. The walk to the village gives you a taste for the rough beauty of this mountainous area, and a sense of the extent to which people in pre-Famine Ireland would go to find a patch of arable land. To get to the start of the walk, take R571 heading east from the village of Derreen. From this road, take the turning for Glanmore Lake, signposted on the left after approximately 1km (2/3 mile). Then turn right at the road posted for “stone circle.” Continue 2km (1 1/4 miles) to the point at which the road becomes dirt, and park on the roadside. From here, there is no trail—just walk up the valley to its terminus, about 2km (1 1/4 miles) away, where the ruins of a village hug the cliff’s base. Where the valley is blocked by a headland, take the route around to the left, which is less steep. Return the way you came; the whole walk—4km (2 1/2 miles)—is of moderate difficulty.
- Frommer's Staff