Cuckoo Walking Festival

Great fun

for all the family!

  • Céad míle fáilte to our annual
    Cuckoo Walking Festival in Tarbert.

    Feel the wind in your face and forget your cares as you ramble around the hidden gems of the Shannon Estuary. Our walks take you through natural woodland, bog land and farmland and along quiet country roads that offer spectacular scenic views.

    Walks range from easy to moderate and vary in length. So whatever type of walker you are come walking in Tarbert where you are assured of a wonderful warm welcome and you’re sure to hear the elusive cuckoo!  

All walks are guided. As our walks are mainly cross-country, walkers are advised to wear suitable clothing, boots and waterproofs. Walking times and distances are approximate. Those taking part in walks do so at their own risk.

All walkers must register in advance.

For further information contact 086 8498638 / 068 36126 / 086 2120736
or email or

Schedule of Events

Launch of Tarbert Sensory Gardens 7pm
Join us for the official launch of our sensory garden located at the former picnic area on the N69. The opening ceremony will be performed by Niamh Ní Dhúill of Gortbrack Organic Farm and Kerry Earth Education Project. Niamh works with schools, communities and special needs groups in the planning and development of sustainable organic
gardens and native habitat projects. Niamh will talk about the value of sensory gardening to all living creatures. Cheese and wine reception afterwards in The Bridewell.

Walk A: Bernard’s Loop, Glanageenty, Ballymacelligott

Glanageenty is an area of mystery, myth and folklore, a wild and rugged landscape that was once the sanctuary to some famous heroes and bandits alike. The walk is the longer of the three loops and takes you along river banks, woodlands, grassytrails, bogland and sandy roadways. There are some steep ascents along the way. You will see gloriou vistas of Carrantuohill, the gap of Dunloe, Mount Brandon, Tralee Bay and Fenit pier.

Registration 10.00 – 10.30 am at The Bridewell, Tarbert or 11.20am at forestry car park, Glanageenty
Start Forestry car park, Glanageenty 11.30am
Distance 12.5km approx.
Duration 3.5 hours approx
Cost €20 including a snack pack, bus and refreshments after your walk in O’Riada’s Bar. For those registering in Glenageenty cost €10

Walk B: The John F. Leslie Woodland Walk
The woodland walk skirts its way along the beautiful bay of Tarbert and goes through the Leslie family estate. The wood is covered in a carpet of bluebells and wild garlic in April and May. You go as far as the pier in Tarbert Island and return through the wood by an alternative path where you pass the walled garden. As you walk through the woods you might just spot some of our latest residents along the fairy trail. Believe in the magic!

Registration 1.30pm – 2.00 pm at The Bridewell
Start 2.00 pm at The Bridewell
Distance 6 km
Duration 1½ – 2 hours
Cost €5 including a snack pack.

Garden Stroll and Movie
Calling all young walkers……… meet at 2 pm at Tarbert playground for a stroll to Tarbert’s new sensory garden where we will have our picnic. The walk will return to the Community Centre for a movie screening. Please bring your picnic and popcorn!

Dawn Chorus 4.45am sharp
Meet at the Bridewell where Jeff Hunt of the Limerick Branch of Bird Watch Ireland will lead us
to Leslie’s Wood. Silently listen as the birds wake up and burst into song.
Registration Saturday

Shannon Vista
We drive to St. Paul’s Heritage Centre, opposite the Church in Glin where the walk begins. The walk heads south through farmland and on to a wooded area. Along the way you will see sweeping views of Glin and the Shannon Estuary. The pinnacle of the walk reaches 130m with a viewing platform affording panoramic views of counties Limerick, Clare, Galway, Kerry, Cork and Tipperary. To the north is Scattery Island and Galway Bay. To the west is Loop Head and Ballybunion. Continue on through another wooded area and through Glin Castle Demesne leading onto the shore. Return along the shore to the village of Glin. On your way home call in to Coolahan’s Bar, Tarbert where you can savour our brown bread and home cooked ham and unwind dance and sing along to the music of Kristo from
5pm to 7pm.

Registration 1.00 to 1.30 pm at The Bridewell
Start 1.30 pm at The Bridewell
Distance 10 km approx
Duration 3 hours
Cost €10 including a snack pack, entertainment and refreshments

Fairy Trail Woodland Walk / Picnic / Arts and Crafts Workshop (4 – 10 years)
This is run in conjunction with the Shannon Vista walk to allow parents, if they wish, to drop off children and go on the walk. Bring a packed lunch for a picnic in Leslie’s Wood (weather permitting) and wear suitable rain gear and wellies for an afternoon packed with exciting activities along the fairy trail. Arts and crafts workshop afterwards in the Wishing Tree pre-school. Booking essential as places are limited.

Contact Áine (087) 4036215 or email
Registration: 1.15pm – 1.30pm at Wishing Tree Preschool.
Cost €15. Family discount available.
Duration 3 hours

Wishing Tree Preschool Farm Walk
For the younger members of our community, Wishing Tree Preschool will go on a field trip morning, exploring all that is to be seen on a busy full time dairy farm.

Nature Walk for Primary/Post-Primary School Children
Students from Tarbert Primary School and Tarbert Comprehensive School take time out to explore the beauty of nature



This walking festival is organised by Tarbert Development Association who would like to take this opportunity to thank all the sponsors who have kindly lent their support. Tarbert Development Association would also like to thank the local community for their kind co- operation and support during the festival. 

Tarbert Theatre Players are delighted to be part of the annual Cuckoo Walking Festival this year. On Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd at 8 pm they will present a variety show that will be sure to set your toes tapping, hands clapping and give you a few belly laughs. Join us in the Community Centre for a delightful evening. All tickets €5 available from Eithne Griffin at Allcare Pharmacy. 

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