Places:Start at R84481 69381, Silvermine Mountains Far East Top, Silvermine Mountains East Top, Silvermine Mountains West Top, Knockane, Keeper Hill, Boolatin Top, end at R78416 65286 7.3km SW from Start Logged as completed by 1
This is a long route that starts from north of the Silvermines and finishes to the west of Keeper Hill. It requires some sort of car split. Parts of this walk are fairly unoptimised.
On a good day the quick detour to Silvermines Mountain Far East Top will give you an overview of most of the rest of the walk but otherwise has little value.
Heading west along the main Silvermines ridge makes for impressive views. To the north flat farmland with the distant Arra Hills (Tountinna of the masts for example) with Lough Derg glinting occasionally in behind. To the south Keeper Hill with its forests.
For want of further research the route follows the local waymarked ways and the Slieve Felim way across the Mulkear River. Although on a potentially unsafe road there didn't appear to be much traffic on the day I tried it. Knockane is optional - if you do it as shown it is fairly hard going through long grass/heather to the top after which it is easier.
This route incorporates a NE way up Keeper via a small, steep track along the eastern side of the coum. This track is extremely useful however it appears to fade out before joining the forest road to its NE. The route as shown has an unpleasant section of a few hundred metres of bog-plants immediately after leaving the forest road before the track is reached.
Then up the track to summit area . On the way down there are tremendous balcony views as the rough road swings around in different directions. Then back via tracks to the Doonane Forest Recreation area. The detour to Boolatin is reasonably easy - there is a more or less dead wood at the top.
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