Upcoming Walks

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

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

Caherconree-Baurtregaum-Derrymore Linear Walk

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

Grade: Difficult

Duration: 5 hours


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


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


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


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.

Sunday, December 15th, 2019

Christmas Lunch Walk – Kilshannig Castlegregory Loop

Grade: Easy

Duration: 2.5 hours


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 Christmas Lunch – details to follow