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