About the Valley…

Gleninchaquin is a long narrow coombe valley on the North West side of the Beara Peninsla, formed by glaciation approximately 70,000 years ago and changed little since.

The back wall of the coombe contains a spectacular waterfall which in turn feeds the succession of lakes along the valley floor – Loughs Inchaquin, Uragh and Cloonee. Further lakes, Cummeenaloughaun and Cummeenadillure are contained in smaller hanging coombes around the waterfall with Lough Napeasta further out along the valley.

Post Ice-Age the valley was left with some rare Luisitanian plants – otherwise natives of Spain and Portugal. These include St. Patricks Cabbage (Saxifraga Spathularis), Irish Spurge (Euphorbia Hyberna) and the Butterwort (Pingiucula Grandiflora). Other varieties found here include Sundew (Drosera) with Wild Orchids (Dactylorhiza Majalis).Along the Southern shores of Lough Inchaquin runs the predominantly oak-filled Uragh Wood. Interspersed with the oak are birch, holly, hazel and mountain ash. The canopy of the large oaks form a perfect habitat for an abundance of bird life including pigeon, goldcrest, jay, chough, skylark, pipits and numerous birds of prey. Also in residence are the red squirrel, the stoat and the Kerry slug – a shiny black creature with silver spots of Lusitanian origin.

The valley plays host to many migrants. In summer can be seen the wheateater, swift, cuckoo and house martins.While in winter can be seen redwings, fieldfare and plover lapwings. Gleninchaquin is steeped in history and shows signs of having once been quite densely populated. Today can be seen stone circles, standing stones, an earthen ring-fort, various burial sites and numerous fulacht fiadh where the natives would have cooked their meals.