The route starts at Tráigh Fionntrá, winding its way up a gently rising local road that curves around to provide a backward look over Cuan Fionntrá and beyond to Sceilig Mhichíl. A cross-inscribed stone in the wall known as Cill na gColmán (Kilcolman) which has a boulder marked with two crosses and bearing an Ogham inscription bearing the name of Colmán the Pilgrim.

It continues west towards Ventry and Ballyferriter where the tower house of Ráth Sheanáin (Rahinanne) can be seen across the fields.You will then travel north and turn right towards   a smaller road which curves along the northern flank of Leataoibh Beag and Leataoibh Mór.
After crossing the Dingle – Ballyferriter Road, Cosán na Naomh passes close to Teampall na Cluanach, it comes close to a sandy dune area

Gallarus Oratory, marks perhaps an old monastic site with accompanying burial area in the form of a raised platform of stones. Nearby is Gallarus Castle, a 15th / 16th century tower house. You then pass a stone fort and further left is a rectangular building known as The Chancellor’s House.Close by is the route’s most important ecclesiastical site – Kilmalkedar, with its Romanesque church, Ogham stone, holy well, St. Brendan’s Oratory and St. Brendan’s House.

Continuing over Reenconnell Hill, you travel westwards where you can enjoy the wonderful views of Ballinloghig Valley and much more.The grassland and heather on Rinn Chonaill leads down to Currauly, an enclosure skirted by the path and enclosing a beehive hut and a broken cross.Finally the end the road is at hand in the car park at Baile Breac.

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