Upcoming Walks

Meet at 10am outside Garvey’s Supermarket, Holy Ground, Dingle.

Sunday, February 24th, 2019

Teer – Más an Tiompáin (763m)

Grade: Difficult

Duration:4.5 hours

Distance:13kms

Height gain: 650m

Start Point: Q508146

Following the Dingle way on an old bog road,in a generally eastern direction, for approx. 1 hour to the ruined village of Arraglen,where we head South West,again along the Dingle Way,before breaking off to start a gradual but steepish ascent to the ridge leading to Mas an Tiompáin (763m).A steep climb of 20-30 mins will bring us to the summit.We then descend due south to the ogham stone and follow the Dingle Way all the way back to Teer. Care is needed in the initial stages of this section as it is quite eroded and the underfoot conditions tend to be quite soft and wet,being very peaty ground,as we descend initially from the ogham stone,before the track levels off.It will be still quite wet and soft going until we reach Arraglen.It is then an easy walk back to base along the old bog road again.

Sunday, March 10th, 2019

Inch to Beheenagh – Linear Walk

Grade: Moderate

Duration :5 hours

Height Gain: 566m

Distance:9kms

Start Point: Q650 025

An initial steep ascent on rough hillside ground brings us to the ridge at spot height 441m,then on to our first high point  at Emlagh(483m).Keeping in an ENE direction we gradually pick off several spot heights  and on to Knockmore 565m and Moanlaur 566m while hopefully taking in the breathtaking views,weather permitting, of the Iveragh peninsula and beyond.Our last “peak” is Knockbrack,from where we descend to the Beheenagh road  at Q716 054 where we will either have dropped cars or will have arranged a bus.

Sunday, March 24th, 2019

Loch Chom Calláin Loop

Grade: Moderate

Duration: 4.5hrs

Distance: 10kms

Height gain:550m

Start Point: Kilmore Cross – Q522 089

We follow the track towards Loch an Dúin for a short while before veering  SW to begin our long but gradual ascent along the ridge to the west of Loch Chom Calláin, passing by the very interesting excavation of an old bog wall by Micheál O Coileáin.Our ascent takes approx. 1.5 hrs until we reach the 600m countour line at the saddle (Q511057).We then traverse along the side of Slievenea in a NE direction ,above the hidden gems of the Coumanare Lakes,until we are looking down over Loch Chom Calláin again from the opposite side.We carefully follow the river meandering down to the lake at the valley floor and skirt along its western shores before descending by the river/stream flowing into the Scorrid river where we pick up the track and walk back out to the cars and home.

Sunday, April 7th, 2019

Garran Ceoil Ridge

Grade: Difficult ( A good head for heights is essential for this walk)

Duration: 5.5 hours

Distance: 9kms

Height Gain: 800m

Start Point:  Gleann Seanchorp: Q491085

Our route takes us initially on a gentle climb to the western side of Loch Cruite where we then ascend a very steep ridge which requires some basic scrambling skills. Our goal is to emerge onto the ridge that leads to the southern side of Brandon Peak (840m) at Barr an Ghéarán. From here we descend in a southerly direction across An Géarán narrow ridge where a good head for heights is essential,before heading down the zig zag track to Mullach Bhéal,where we will have left some cars.

Sunday, April 21st, 2019

Mount Brandon (952m) from Com an Lochaigh

Grade:Difficult

Duration 5.5 hrs

Distance:10kms

Height gain: 850m

Start Point: Com an Lochaigh pet farm :Q427080

From the pet farm we follow the track in a NE direction and cross the newly constructed low stone bridge over the Feohanagh river and on to the ridge south of the traditional Cosán na Naomh route to Mt Brandon.This is a long gradual ascent with little relief along the way until we pick up Cosán na Naomh at approx. 600m and continue to the summit (952m).For our return journey we basically retrace our steps back to the starting point

Sunday, May 5th, 2019

Fothar na Manach (Green Field of the Monks)

Grade: Difficult – (The descent into Fothar na Manach should, however, only be considered by experienced hillwalkers used to coping with steep terrain and possessing the necessary fitness for the demanding re-ascent.)This walk is heavily dependant on a spell of fine weather leading up to and on the day!

Duration 4.5 hours

Distance:8kms

Height gain: 450m initial ascent – 400m drop – further 400m ascent

Start Point: Ballinahow Q431123

We follow the Dingle Way NE for approx. 1 hour 15 mins along a rough track to the saddle at Cnoc na mBristí where we break off to the left to begin our steep descent to the remains of the ancient monastic settlement of Fothar na Manach.This generally takes one hour of very careful manouvering as we negotiate the steep slopes that lead us to our destination.Having savoured the rugged beauty and the old ruins on the site we start our dogged climb back up from whence we came.We again follow the Dingle Way back to the cars while taking in the breathtaking views of the Blasket islands , The Three Sisters, Ballydavid and beyond

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

Mangerton Killarney(838m)

Grade: difficult

Duration: 6 hours

Exact route to follow later. (Most likely leaving Dingle at 9am)

Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

An Blascaod Mór ( The Great Blasket Island Walk)

Grade: Easy – with fantastic views from all sides of the island,both towards the mainland and Mount Brandon but also the other islands in the group.

Duration: Multiple options – Full walk to Ceann Dubh at the end of the island- allow 4 hours round trip

Distance: again multiple options

We take the ferry from Dún Chaoin at approx. 10.30am for the 20 minute crossing to the island.Fare to be advised nearer the time.

There are numerous options for walks on the island and some people just like to wander around the old village ,beach etc.There is also a good chance that the colony of seals numbering 100+  will still be on the beach when we arrive!

Starting from the village the main group will head along the southern part of the island and follow a narrow sheep track up to the tower (231m).There is also the option to stay on the lower track and meet at the “traffic Lights” from where another track breaks off in a SW direction along the spine of the island. A short climb leads to Slievedonagh (281m) passing the old fort ruins on the way before another short climb brings us to the highest point :An Cró (292m) This suffices for a large part of the group who return leisurely to the village for a cupán tae in the café, a stroll on the beach or just to take in the views.The remainder leave the backpacks here and head down to the islands extremety: An Ceann Dubh.This part is easy but the return can be a little bit demanding,being a 200m re ascent.

Underfoot conditions on the island generally are excellent with soft peaty ground,though it can get quite wet and soft in parts, so walking boots are recommended,though not essential

We generally leave the island on the 3pm or 4pm ferry back to the mainland

Sunday, June 16th, 2019

BBQ Walk – Kilshannig Castlegregory Loop

Grade: Easy

Duration: 2.5 hours

Distance:10kms

Height Gain: 0

Start Point: Sandy Bay: Q618160

This is a very pleasant coastal loop walk mainly on beach with panoramic views on all sides including the Brandon mountain range- Slieve Mish Range and the 7 Hogs group of islands.It also takes in the old graveyard and church ruins at Kilshannig village. The walk is then followed by the annual club barbeque in Castlegregory village – details to follow

Friday, June 21st, 2019

Mount Brandon Summer Solstice Evening Walk –

Grade: Difficult

Duration: 4.5 hours

Distance: 9kms

Height Gain: 800m

Start Point: Baile Breac: Q435095

Meet Garveys Supervalu: 6.30pm SHARP – Baile Breac: 6.45pm

We follow the historic Pilgrim Route all the way to the summit.This route is marked by the “ Stations of the Cross” which is invaluable to guide you up in poor weather. In fact there are 16 crosses in all.The 1st one is not numbered.This is followed by 14 numbered crosses which get closer as you get higher until you reach the main cross at the summit.The route is also marked by a series of low white stakes as a further aid to your ascent.The route is a very rough and eroded track and can be very wet and soft in places, so walking boots are recommended. Strong runners however would suffice during a spell of dry weather.The views from the summit are amazing,weather permitting, taking in the Skelligs,Blaskets,Three Sisters ,Carrauntoohil , Beenoskee etc etc

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

Caherconree-Baurtregaum-Derrymore Linear Walk

Caherconree (835m)-Baurtregaum(851m)-Derrymore

Grade: Difficult

Duration: 5 hours

Distance:12kms

Height gain:900m

Start Point: Bóthar na gCloch: Q717057

For this walk we immediately face into a steep climb,initially up the road, and then to aim for spot height 586 before following the ridge line to Caherconree Fort .

(The broad defensive dry stone wall of the fort is 2.5 meters high and runs across the neck of the precipitous promontory.

This was the stronghold of Cú Roí mac Dáire. Legend has it that he was a demigod with magical powers, one of which was his ability to spin the fort around at night to confuse his enemies.

He was pals with Cúchulainn until they fell out over a femme fatale called Blathnaid who set Cú Roí up by telling him that he needed to strengthen his defences. While his warriors were away collecting rocks to reinforce the wall, Cúchulainn attacked and the poor demigod ended up at the bottom of his own cliffs.)

From here we hug the ridge line in a NE direction to Caherconree summit (835m). Baurtregaum (851m) is our next stop,crossing a narrow ridge on the way,so a good head for heights required.From here we descend in a northerly direction initially to spot height 723m before skirting the side of the hill eastwards to Lough Derrymore, from where we follow the river down to the N86 road ,crossing the Dingle Way en route, where we will be picked up by bus.Please note that there will be a nominal charge of €5 approx for the bus to take us back to the cars.

Sunday, July 14th, 2019

Carrauntoohil (1039m)

Grade: Difficult

Duration:5.5 – 6 hours

Route : To be decided later

Sunday, July 28th, 2019

Mount Brandon 952m (Féile Lúghnasa) from Faha

Mount Brandon (952m) from Faha

Grade: Strenuous

Length: 10kms

Duration:5 hours

Height gain:860m

Club members generally provide assistance to the local festival committee for this annual ascent of Mt Brandon as part of Féile Lúghnasa

Starting from the carpark at Faha,below the newly renovated grotto area,we follow the well worn track on  a gradual ascent up towards Faha Ridge.We then skirt around the side of the ridge on a narrow track,looking down on the ribbon like features of the impressive paternoster Lakes below.Having arrived down into the valley,we cross the river and make our way to the most difficult section,known as the Éisc, which is quite steep and badly eroded with a couple of tricky “steps” to be negotiated on the way.30-40 minutes later we are greeted by the stunning vista that is the Dingle side of the Brandon range,looking down on the Three Sisters,Ballydavid and the Blasket Islands etc.From here it is a short 15-20 minute gradual approach to the summit.Taking time to appreciate the views9weather permitting) we retrace our steps carefully and return by the same route.

Sunday, August 11th, 2019

Connor Pass to Cuas( Brandon Creek) via Mount Brandon 952m

Grade: Difficult

Duration:  7 hours

Distance: 19 kms

Height gain: 900m

Start Point: Connor Pass Carpark – Q491057

This is a long and arduous walk with many ups and downs requiring a high level of fitness and a head for heights.Leaving the carpark we climb to An Bhinn Dubh 478m and follow the undulating ridge line via several spot heights to Ballysitteragh 623m. Descending initially to the saddle below (397m) we climb again to Brandon Peak 840m via the very narrow ridge of An Géarán,where great care is required.We again drop down somewhat before gradually following the line of the wall to the summit of Mount Brandon 952m,our highest point of the day.

Our descent is in a northerly direction to the ogham stone at the saddle below Más an Tiompáin,from where we follow the Dingle way to Baile an Chnocáin before breaking off to Cuas/Brandon Creek, a further 15 minute stroll, where our transport will await us.

Sunday, August 25th, 2019

Glenbeigh Horseshoe

Note: Early Start from Dingle – Time and exact route to follow.

This is a spectacular walk in the area of Coomasaharn Lake and has several route options

Sunday, September 8th, 2019

Brandon Point – Sás Creek loop

Grade:Moderate

Duration: 4 hours

Distance: 9kms

Height gain: 550m

Start Point: Brandon Point – Ref Q 527173

A short steep accent to begin with along the start of the Siúlóid an tSás waymarked route before we branch off  to the right and traverse the northern side of An Buaicín.Our target is the bottom of the gulley where the river/stream starts to fall into the sea below@  Q 510174.Crossing the river,we face a  steep climb of approx. 150m along the ridge on the northern side of Cnoc Dúiléibhe before dropping again to another river crossing and another steep climb (250m approx.)This is where the spectacular Sás Creek(Sás = trap) comes into view. It is hard to imagine that people lived and farmed on its slopes in the early 19th century. Landslip has been a feature in the interim with much of the lower slopes in particular having been washed into the sea.

Having absorbed the rugged beauty of the area we veer east north east and follow the ridge to the “green field” by the fence and turn NNE for home

Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

Kilmore Cross – Dowdy`s Wire – Loch Cam Calláin Loop

Grade : Moderate

Duration: 3.5 hours

Distance:8kms

Height gain:400m

Start Point: Kilmore Cross: O.S.Map 70 -  Q522089

We follow the flat track towards Loch an Dúin for 1.5kms before branching first SSW and then South,following a gradually sloping ridge to the base of the locally known “Dowdys Wire” at spot height 296m.A seriously steep climb of 15-20 minutes up a fairly narrow ridge with “grassy Steps” follows ,requiring the use of hands on occasion, to bring us to the day`s high point : Slievenalecka @ 456m.

Down then towards Loch an Bharóidigh from where we descend in a northerly direction down by the river  to Loch Chom Calláin.We generally hug the western side of the lake before  again descending  NE by the river that feeds the Scorid river below where we pick up the track and head for home. On a calm day the lakes can provide some amazing reflections.

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

Fán – Mt Eagle -Cruach Mharthain – Dun Chaoin

Grade: Moderate

Duration: 5 hours

Distance: 15kms

Height gain: 700m

Start point: Fán – O.S map 70  Q351976

For the first 1hr 15 mins approx. we follow one of the nicest sections of the Dingle Way in a westerly direction ,with spectacular views of the Blasket Islands, The Skelligs, Valentia etc together with beehive huts,Clochans etc. When we arrive on the lower slopes of Mt eagle just above Slea Head we start our climb,following an old stone wall which runs via Binn an Choma (424m) almost all the way to the summit (516m).Fabulous views abound from here in all directions so it is well worth lingering awhile to savour the moment!

We descend along a faint track initially and then a more established one which brings us down to the road below Mám Clasach. A 20 min walk on the road leads us to the base of Cruach Mharthain at the mast,from where we start a steep climb of 220m (30-40 mins) to the top.We the descend to a rough track which leads us to the hostel at Dun Chaoin via the remains of the “Ryans Daughter “ movie village where the cobblestone street and some building foundations still remain. We will have dropped some cars at the hostel to bring us back to our starting point

Sunday, October 20th, 2019

An Sliabh Glas – Loch Dubh Loop

Grade: Moderate

Duration:

4.5 hours

Distance :9kms

Height Gain:500m

Start Point: Slieveglass@ O.S. Map 70 Q 497138

We park on a farm track with the kind permission of Brendan Greaney and walk in a WSW direction broadly in line with the Owennafeana river  while gradually gaining height as we go. The ground underfoot is somewhat rough  and rocky so some care needed. As we follow the river path we will come across various pieces of plane wreckage from the various crashes on the slopes of Mt Brandon in the period 1940 – 1943 including a German Focker Wolfe in which all 6 crew survived. We then head Nw until we reach Loch Dubh from where we loop around and descend by the ridge leading eastwards and back to Slieveglass,passing some more bits of wreckage en route.