Upcoming Walks

Walks Schedule ( SUSPENDED UFN DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC !)

For the coming year 2019-2020 there will be a weekly schedule of Sunday walks rather than the fortnightly schedule as heretofore.It is hoped to update the schedule periodically to ensure that up to 3 months walks are published at any given time.

The meeting point for all walks is the front entrance to Garvey’s Supermarket in Dingle at 10am, unless otherwise indicated.

Walking Holidays & Weekends Away

In recent years we have traveled abroad as a club on walking holidays (generally of one weeks duration) to the UK (twice) Canary Islands, Austria, Italy and Slovenia and expect to continue this annual tradition for the foreseeable future.

We also have a very enjoyable club weekend away, usually in May, to explore the mountain ranges of adjacent counties and beyond, and of course feel obliged to sample the local hostelries in the relevant area
  • Easy
    Usually a lower level. Can be rough ground and ascent up to 250m.

  • Moderate
    May involve ascents up to 525m. Usually from 3 to 4.5 hours.

  • Strenuous
    Requires a reasonable degree of fitness. Climbs up to 952m. May involve some scrambling.

  • Very Strenuous
    Requires a higher level of fitness and a head for heights. May involve scrambling and/or narrow ridges. Can be as long as 7.5 hours.

.Please note if the following requirements are not met you may not be allowed to join the walk for your own safety and wellbeing

Essentials :

  • Good Hiking Boots
  • Packed Lunch and Water
  • Waterproof Clothes, Hat and Gloves
  • Rucksack

Recommended:

  • Bivi/Survival Bag
  • Gaitors
  • Small Torch
  • Extra Clothing
  • Walking Stick

Leaders should also be equipped with First Aid Kit, Map, Compass, Whistle and Torch.

JANUARY

5th

Dún Chaoin Loop

  • Grade: Easy
  • Length: 12kms
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Height gain: 200m

Start Point: Blasket Centre Carpark O>S Map70 _ Q314006

We follow the tarmac road in a northerly direction along the Dingle Way with very slight height gain in the first 15-20 mins. We emerge on the main Slea Head drive route  and walk past Louis Mulcahy Pottery and on to Clogher Beach,where we leave the Dingle Way route.Heading south west along a cliff path we aim for Ceann Sraithe(Clogher Head).This section is not suitable for anybody who has not got a good head for heights or who suffers from vertigo.( walkers will have been advised of an alternative route prior to reaching this point).From Ceann Sraithe we descend a narrow track to another cliff top path which we follow until we pick up the last section of the “Lúb na Cille” trail and back to our start point via the old ruin of the “Ryans Daughter” schoolhouse

12th

Coumanare Lakes Loop

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Length: 11kms
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Height gain: 500m

Start Point: Connor Pass Carpark – O.S.Map 70 -Q491056

From the Connor Pass we follow the track across the road in an easterly direction before breaking off towards the “lowpoint” of 568m and on to An Cnapán Mór (The Big Lump!) (648m),locally known as Goulin Hill.Keeping the picturesque Coumanare lakes to our left we descend to approx. 340m before crossing the river that flows from Loch Dubh down  into Loch a`Dún. Veering westwards we face a  steep climb of approx. 200m that will bring us up over Pedlars Lake and a short downhill stroll back to the cars.

19th

The Four Peaks of Northern Annascaul ---Shortened version of route outlined below due to daylight concerns

  • Length: 15kms
  • Duration:6.5-7 hrs
  • Height gain: 910m
  • Start Point: Annascaul Lake O.S Map 70-Q582051
  • Grade: Difficult
  • N.B.Note earlier starting time -Meet garveys Dingle 9.30 a.m. – Annascaul Lake 9.50a.m.

From the lake we ascend the Annascaul Valley via the zig zag track until we reach a cairn at Q566066.Heading in a NE direction across open trackless mountain,we aim for the rocky summit of Stradbally Mt (798m),before descending to the coll above Loch an Choimin and on to Beenoskee (826m).An Com Bán(610m) via a steep rocky descent to the west and then veering NW is our next stop,before descending SW to the summit of Binn an Tuair (592m).A steep SE descent on a rough grassy slope brings you to a stream at Q566084.Cross the stream and head South for 1.6km to the cairn at Q566066 and retrace your steps back to the start point at the lake.

26th

Coumbowler - Loch Cam Calláin -Connor Pass Loop

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Length: 14kms
  • Duration: 6 Hours
  • Height gain: 700m

Start Point:Coumbowler O.S Map 70 :Q480043

A short initial ascent brings us to the ridge leading NE to an Cnoc Maol Mór (493m).This gets steeper as we climb but is actually very manageable.Continueing NE we descend to the valley floor to cross the narrow beginnings of the Garfinny river,aiming then for Slievenea (aka known as Slieve Mhaca Ré) @ 620m approx. From there we head North and skirt around to pick up the wall that will leads down the ridge to the western side of Loch Cam Callaun.The forestry at Kilmore is our next target,crossing the R560 Tralee-Dingle road( There is an option here for people to arrange to be picked up by a friend/family member,if they do not wish to complete the full walk!) and walking back up to Connor Pass in a SW direction via the old Green Road.From Connor Pass we again cross the R560 and continue down along the next section of the same Green Road,which will bring us back to our starting point at Coumbowler.

FEBRUARY

2nd

Brandon Point-Sas Creek Loop (Provisional)

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Length: 9kms
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Height gain: 550m

Start Point: Brandon Point – Ref Q 527173

A short steep ascent 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

9th

Ballysitteragh-Connor Pass - Combowler Loop (N.B. This walk will most likely be cancelled/postponed due to storm Ciara,with an alternative low level walk in its place)

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Length: 12kms
  • Duration:4. 5 hours
  • Height gain:550m

Start Point: O.S.Map 70: Q441016

Starting from Dingle town we follow a rough stony track in a NE direction incorporating a very gradual ascent of 200m approx ,while savouring the town and harbour views along the way.A zig zag track the brings us up to 420m approx from where we again have a gradual climb to spot height 600m @ Q468055 looking down into Mullagh Veal and the lakes below the Connor Pass. Heading East along the ridge top wwe come out at Connor Pass carpark. Crossing the main road,we pick up the old green road alongside the Garfinny river,down to Coumbowler and on to the Dingle way back to Dingle and our starting point

23rd

Paternoster Lakes Loop Walk

  • Grade:Difficult
  • Length: 11kms
  • Duration: 5.5 hours
  • Height gain: 550

Start Point: Q490 084 -Glenn Seanchoirp – Cloghane

Initial gradual ascent to Loch Cruite skirting its Western side along a rough and narrow sheep track to the base of the waterfall flowing from Loch na lice(1.5hrs approx.).From here it is undulating  steep climbing all the way up by the ribbon like string of lakes until we meet the “tourist” track to Brandon from Faha(2 hrs+).Here we loop around and follow this track for approx. 20 mins before heading South East towards Loch Cruite`s eastern shores and back to the cars.

MARCH

1st

Old Kenmare Road from Killarney

  • Start Point: Torc Upper Carpark
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 16kms 
  • Duration: 5.5hrs
  • Height gain: minimal
     
    To those Members undertaking this walk please find some details for meeting etc.
     
    Meet Garvey’s Dingle 9.00am to carshare.
    Meet Upper Torc car park Killarney (Map 78 V968 841) at 10.30am.
     
    Directions: From Killarney town take the N71 Muckross Road and continue driving until you pass the Main entrance to “Muckross House and Gardens” on your right. 
    Almost immediately you will see a by-road veering to your left signposted “Old Kenmare Road”. This is a narrow single car road so continue slowly for about two kilometres until you meet the car park on your left.
    Note
    Do not leave any valuables in the car due to the risk of break ins!
    Bring a change of clothes for the return journey home.
    No phone coverage in car park or for a lot of the walk.
     
    Walk advice
    There are a couple of rivers to cross (with stepping stones) walking poles could be helpful. (If you don’t have poles we can share for crossings)
    The last four kilometres are on a small country road carry runners/trainers if desired.

 

Ground: Minor Roads, Paved paths, woodland trails, boardwalk, river stepping stones, mucky trail

Accessibility:Walkers only, rocky and uneven ground in parts.

Elevation:Mainly flat, steady inclines and declines near Kenmare

Environment:Oak Woodland, Mountain uplands, Forest paths, Open bog

Facilities:None. Bring all required supplies. Next stop Kenmare!

Conditions:Exposed, hilly, come prepared

Sights/Features:Mountains, Lakes, Red Deer, Atlantic views, Famine settlements, Lake views

Options:Shorten trip (Galway’s Bridge) Extend trip (start in Killarney town)

Availability Open All Year, Prone to flooding in winter

8th

Cumeen/Knockakilton Loop (Brought forward from Mar 15th due to adverse weather forecast)

  • Grade: Moderate

  • Distance:8kms

  • Height Gain: 460m

  • Duration: 3.5 hrs

Start Point:O.S Map 71 – Q634 091

An initial short but steepish climb bring us to the shores of Lough Acummeen @ 170m.We then ascend the ridge on the western side of the lake,again quite a steep climb , to reach Cummeen summit(477m).Losing 130 m in dropping down to the col below,we then ascend to Knockakilton summit (407m) before traversing across some rough and boggy ground in a NE direction before skirting around the lake and following the unnamed stream back to our starting point.There are some fabulous views in all directions at different stages of the walk.

15th

Fán - Dingle Way -Com Dhineol - Dún Chaoin

  • Start Point: O.S Map70:
  • V353976
  • Grade: Easy
  • Length: 10kms
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Height gain: minimal

Grade: Easy

 Duration: 3.5 Hours

Length: 9kms

 Height Gain: 150 m.

Starting Point: OS Map Q352975

This route follows along the Dingle Way and starts on a minor road circa 200 metres east of the Stone House restaurant in Fán. We follow this road until it runs out and cross a stile on to a good grassy track with a stout wall as our handrail. This section from Fán to Com Dhíneol is one of the finest on the Dingle Way. We head westwards with the expanse of Dingle Bay to our left, many clochans nestled just below us, and Sliabh an Iolair above us to our right. At Com Dhíneol, we descend to the main road which we follow for about 2 kms until a bóithrín on our left brings us to the old Dún Chaoin road; just over another 2 kms on this quiet road and we are at Ionad an Bhlascaoid our finishing point for the day.

22nd

Teer-Arraglen Loop- {N.B. clocks go forward 1 hour tonight)

  • Start Point: O.S Map70:
  • Teer
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Length: 8kms
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Height gain: 500m

Starting Point: OS Map Q508146

We park at a farm gate and follow a good dry track all the way to the deserted village of Araglen, about 4kms. This section of our route is part of the Dingle Way. An old cottage at Araglen has been somewhat renovated for use as a mountain hut, handy in bad weather. From the cottage, we turn east dropping down to the river and then have a good pull up to spot point 401m. From here, we contour around Sás Creek, enjoying the wonderful vistas of this amazing cove, to spot point 385m. We then walk directly south and pick up our original track which brings us back to our starting point.

29th

Com a Lochaigh to Dingle Linear Walk

  • Grade:Moderate
  • Length: 11kms
  • Duration: 5.5 hours
  • Height gain: 650m

 

Start Point:O.S Map 70-Q426079

Starting at the Pet Farm carpark we head for the Feohanagh river where we veer SE following a stony track for almost a km before a short steep ascent brings us to the beginning of a narrow track at Q 440080.Heading east we arrive at the old ancestral  homestead of the “Foxy John” Moriarty clan.Following the line of the waterfall we have a long steep ascent on rough ground to the ridge at spot height 623m. A short steep descent to the saddle at Glens (397m) quickly followed by a short steep ascent brings us to Ballysitteragh (623m),falling gradually to sp height 600m.From here we turn SSW following a fence at first and then an old stone wall to bring us down to Scragg and a rocky track back to Dingle town

APRIL

5th

Bennaunmore - Cappagh- (Killarney area)

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Length: 8kms
  • Duration: 3.5 – 4 hrs
  • Height gain: 490m

Start Point: Grid reference: W034 839

O.S.Map 79 Killarney

This walk starts from Lough Guitane which is found off the N22 Killarney/Glenflesk road.
Starting from the lake we head south following a stream toward the valley lying between Crohane and Bennaunmore to reach the first of two lakes. This is Lough Nabroda which sits below the volcanic columns of Bennaunmore. These columns are Kerry’s version of The Giant’s Causeway and Bennaunmore is the plug of an extinct volcano. Continuing towards the second of the lakes: Crohane Lake we look for a large flat rock with initials and names carved into it. This is believed to be a “coffin rock” the resting place for coffins being carried from Killarney to Kilgarven and Kenmare and vice versa. This valley was also a Pilgrim route to Gouganebarra for people coming from the west. We now continue climbing to 300m and arrive over the wooded Cappagh valley and finish climbing at the col before the high point of Bennaunmore at 454m. With care we descend to the petrified forest and from there commence a pleasant walk out of the Cappagh valley to make our return to Lough Guitane and our cars.
Meet: Garvey’s Supervalu Dingle 9.00am
Meet Killarney: The Kerry Way Pub. Killaha. Glenflesk 10.15am

12th

Baile an Lochaigh/Géarán/Brandon Peak.( Easter Sunday)

  • Grade: Difficult
  • Distance: 12kms
  • Duration: 5.5-6 hours
  • Height gain: 920m

Baile an Lochaigh/Géarán/Brandon Peak/Mt Brandon

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Starting at Baile an Lochaigh we head up the valley for about 1.5 km keeping to the south bank of the river.  From there it is a steep climb until we reach the ridge between Folach na Marbh and An Gearan.  By the time we reach An Gearan (804m) we will have done most of our climbing for the day.  From there we follow the ridge firstly to Brandon Peak (840 m) and then on to Brandon (952m).  Descent is via the stations of the cross towards Baile Breac. 

 

19th

Bearna na Gaoithe Loop

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Length: 8kms
  • Duration: 3.5 hours
  • Height gain: 550m

Start Point: Boherbrack,Lispole: O.S Map 70- Q 522023

 

We head NW along a rough track before crossing a field and onto the open slopes of Croaghskearda (Strikeen) mountain (608m).We have a gradual ascent along the ridge to the summit,before looping around in an Easterly direction to An Cnapán Mór (649m).Continueing eastwards above the cliff face we descend to approx. 460m and pick up a sheeptrack which will bring us down on the western side of Loch Bhearna na Gaoithe.We contour along the 300m line for a period before making a beeline for the field and track that will bring us back to our start point.

 

26th

Baile na hAbha -Mt Brandon-Connor Pass- Dingle (Deferred from Mar 8th due to adverse weather forecast)

  • Grade: Very Difficult
  • Length: 20kms
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Height gain:tba

Start Point: Baile na hAbha: O.S.Map 70: Q434 125

 Baile na hAbha-Mt Brandon-Conor Pass- is a very strenuous but
spectacular walk of at least 7 hrs duration, 20km, with a number of peaks
and troughs, Mt Brandon 954m, an Géarán 840m, Cnoc Bhaile Uí Shé
623m, suitable only for the experienced fit hillwalker.

26th

Fán - Mt Eagle - Dún Chaoin

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 15kms
  • Duration: 5hours
  • Height gain: 700m 

Start point: Fán – O.S map 70  V351976

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 remainA short walk on the road for approx. 15 minutes will bring us the the Blasket Centre carpark for pickup.

MAY

3rd

Garrán Ceoil

  • Grade: Very Difficult
  • Length: 9kms
  • Duration: 5.5hrs
  • Height gain: 800m

 

Start Point:  Gleann Seanchoirp: Q491 085

Our route takes us initially on a gentle climb to the western side of Loch Cruite walking alongside the lake on  a very rough track for approx. 20 mins,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 Bheal,where we will have left some cars.

10th

Loch an Dúin Waterfall - Ballyduff

  • Start Point: Kilmore Cross – O.S Map 70 – Q522089
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Length: 9kms
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Height gain: 409

The first hour is spent walking along a rough low level track towards to waterfall at the back of Loch an Dún.Next comes the challenging bit – a steep 250m climb up to the top of the waterfall on its eastern side,subject of course to the river being crossable.A good head for heights is required for this section.Heading in a  NE direction through rough ground at times we pick out an established track and aim for Gob an Iolar (474m) before descending due North to Ballyduff Graveyard,where we will have left some cars.

24th

Brandon (952m) from Baile Breac-Martin Scanlon memorial walk

  • Grade: Difficult
  • Length: 9 kms
  • Duration:4.5 hrs
  • Height gain: 800m

Start Point: Baile Breac Carpark: Q434 095

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

31st

An Blascaod Mór -The Great Blasket

  • Grade: Easy
  • Length: Various options
  • Duration: Personal choice
  • Height gain: various options

Pre booking essential for this trip as it involves a ferry crossing from Dún Chaoin Pier.There is a cafe on the island and optional tours of the village with OPW guides. This walk is very much weather dependant!! Numerous walk options on the island  from very easy to moderate.weather permitting,members often have a swim on Trá Bán after the walk!

JUNE

7th

Club Weekend Away in Connemara -based in Leenane.
Local walk: Coumeenole to Ventry along a section of The Dingle Way

  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 10 kms
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Height gain: minimal

Start Point: O.S.Map 70 V318 974

Leaving the viewing/parking spot looking down over the  Coumeenole beach area,a short road walk back towards Dingle,brings us to the stile where some excellent remedial works have been carried out,with defined steps now in place.There is a strong pull up the zig zag track for approx. 15 mins before levelling off.We follow the Dingle Way marked route along by the stone wall with beautiful views over the Blaskets with even the Skelligs being visible on a clear day! Also keep an eye out for the numerous beehive huts beyond the wall.We come to a lovely river crossing – Abhainn an Ghleanna,which is a perfect spot for lunch.We come off the grassy track at Fán and follow the main road initially, then some very wet and boggy track,on to some backroads that lead us to Ventry Beach.A leisurely stroll along the beach brings us back to Paudie O Sé`s pub,where we will have left some cars.

14th

Fothar na Manach

  • Grade: Difficult
  • Distance:8kms
  • Duration: 4.5 hours
  • Height gain: 850m with 400m drop in between

Fothar Na Manach

Start Point: Ballinahow Q431123

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!

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

21st

Brandon from Baile Breac or /Brandon from Faha Cloghane -choose either option

  • (From Baile Breac):Grade: Difficult
  • Distance: 9kms
  • Duration: 4.5 hours
  • Height gain: 800m
  • (From Faha): 10kms – 5 hrs -860m height gain-

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

Faha Route:

Mount Brandon (952m) from Faha

Grade: Strenuous

Length: 10kms

Duration:5 hours

Height gain:860m

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.

28th

Coomasaharn Horseshoe - Glenbeigh

  • Grade: Very Difficult
  • Length: 21 kms
  • Duration: 8.5 hours
  • Height gain: 1010m

Note: Early Start from Dingle: 8.30 am

Start Point:O.S Maps 78 + 83 : Grid Ref: 616889

Finish Point: Grid Ref 667900

Starting from Mountain Stage we make our way initially along the Kerry Way before heading SW to Drung Hill (640m) – a climb of 550m.We then do a circuit of tops as follows: Beenmore(660m)Been Hill (651m),Mullaghnarakill (665m) Teermoyle (760m),Coomacarrea (772m)Meenteog  (715m),Macklaun (607m) Beenreagh (495m) and 5 unnamed spot heights before we reach the Kerry Way at a col at Windy gap.The views all the way along the route can only be described as spectacular, with the series of lakes below us,including the main one ,Coomasaharn, while all the while having the majestic Macgillicuddy Reeks in view to the east.We follow the Kerry Way back to the road where we will have arranged transport back to our cars.

JULY

5th

Summer BBQ - Camp Village- Walk to be advised later

  • Grade:Easy
  • Length: 2.5 – 3 hours
  • Duration: tba
  • Height gain: tba

More details to be confirmed.

12th

Cnoc na dTobar Caherciveen

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Length: 10 kms
  • Duration: 5 hrs
  • Height gain: 850m

Cnoc na dTobar, Co Kerry
Map:
 Ordnance Survey. Discovery Series. 1:50,000. Sheet 83
Start: A narrow lay-by opposite the signposted start of the walk. If occupied drive further on towards Coonana Harbour. Grid reference: V 482 828
Finish: The end of the Kells road, if you have two cars. When you reach the bottom of the spur, turn right along the track beside the stone wall until you cross the stream. Then turn left down to a stile.
How to get there: Turn off the N70 just before Deelis bridge 3km northeast of Cahersiveen. You can also access it via Cahersiveen bridge in the town centre.
Time: Pilgrim path: three hours, full traverse: five hours.
Total ascent: Pilgrim path: 680m, full traverse: 850m
Suitability: Moderate

Cnoc na dTobar, 690m (Hill of the Well), a “stand-alone” mountain north of Cahersiveen and rising sheer out of Dingle Bay, is one of the most impressive mountains in the Iveragh peninsula.

With pilgrim routes being part of the zeitgeist due to the popularity of the Camino de Santiago and Croagh Patrick, Cnoc na dTobar has been strangely overlooked by enthusiasts from outside the area. Dr Tomás Ó Carragáin, in his chapters on “Iveragh’s sacred mountains” in The Iveragh Peninsula: A Cultural Atlas of the Ring of Kerry (Cork University Press), identifies Cnoc na dTobar as a site of devotion to St Fursey (c 597-650AD).

There is evidence that pilgrimages have taken place here on the last Sunday in July from early medieval times, involving games, singing and dancing and the choice of a young couple to cut a specially prepared cake. In 1885, the Cahersiveen parish priest , Canon Brosnan, organised the erection of stations of the cross on the route from St Fursey’s Well to the summit.

In response to the renewed interest in pilgrim routes, some locals have been staking out the path up the mountain with distinctive white markers. As the start, we met one of them, Cormac Dineen, who was busy with a scythe clearing the bracken which encroaches on the first part of the route.

Once clear of this short section, the going is easy as a clear track contours up the slope to the summit ridge. On the narrow crest, we walked south first to a prominent outcrop which gives an interrupted view over the wonderful spread of the south Kerry coast lands while away to the north, the Blasket archipelago and the Slieve Mish massif provided a multi-hued backdrop to the glittering waters of Dingle Bay.

The tall Celtic cross which marks the end of the pilgrimage is a short distance from the summit and is visible from the town of Cahersiveen. If you are ascending for penitential purposes, you can turn back at this point, but the hillwalker will be drawn along the crest to the northeast, a route which parallels the inland peaks of the peninsula.

On your way to Spot Height at 633m, the ground drops steeply on your left to the tarns of Gleann Dá Loch. Nip across to bag Spot Height at 612m before heading for the cairn at 568m, which tops the spur leading down to the Kells road. On your way down you will see a relic of the second World War, with “Eire” marked out with rocks for the benefit of approaching war planes.

19th

Derrymore Horseshoe

  • Grade: Difficult
  • Distance: 11kms
  • Duration: 5.5 hours
  • Height gain: 930m

Start Point: Map 71 Q742 107

Leaving the last of the houses at Derrymore we head uphill to meet the Dingle Way and follow it for 200m until we meet a stream with a wooden platform. Following a path that heads SE and and then Southwards we head upwards into the valley. The cliffs of Gearhane now tower over us on our right and the grassy slope of Scragg, our final destination later in the day, on our left. We continue to the back of the valley to meet the first of the lakes nestled on a rocky plateau. Skirting the lake on the right we climb to reach a higher valley and the second lake; Derrymore Lough. Veering SW we continue the steep ascent to reach the third plateau and an area of level ground where we can admire the massive boulders and glacial erratics strewn across the valley floors. Heading NW our target now is a steep grassy slope rising to reach the ridge and eventually the high point of Caherconree at 835m, a total ascent of 755m. Keeping to the cliff edge of Caherconree we traverse a short ridge followed by a climb of 145m to reach Baurtregaum at 851m. Climbing done for the day we leave the trig point and head NE to spot height 819m and thereafter pick our way down the rocky slope which will bring us to the summit of Scragg at 657m. From Scragg we follow a spur NW which eventually returns us to the Dingle Way. On reaching the track we turn left and make our way back to our cars at Derrymore.

26th

Beheenagh to Inch

  • Grade: moderate
  • Length: 8kms
  • Duration: 3.5- 4 hours
  • Height gain: 400m

Start Point: Bothar na gCloch at Beheenagh: Q 716048

This is a low and relatively easy ridge walk taking in many spot heights and relatively low summits, all under 600m.Our first destination is Lack (486m),north to Knockbrack(459m) then ESE to sp Hght 454m followed by a gradual ascent to Moanlaur(566m).Continueing on to Knockmore (565m) and sp heights 475m,515m,471m,before reaching Emlagh(483m).From here we descend by the spur to the road near Tullig,where we will have arranged transport back to our cars.This walk has lovely views of Inch,the Iveragh Peninsula and even North Kerry on a clear day!Much of the walk is across rough boggy ground where care is recommended.

28th

Mount Brandon (952m) from Faha

  • Grade: Strenuous
  • Length: 10 km
  • 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 views (weather permitting) we retrace our steps carefully and return by the same route.

    AUGUST

    2nd

    Pedlars Lake Ridge Loop from Connor Pass

    • Grade: Moderate
    • Distance: 6kms
    • Duration: 3 hours
    • Height gain: 400m

    Start point: Ordinance Survey map 70:Q491057

     

    Route to follow

     

    9th

    Carrauntoohil (1039m)

    • Grade: Difficult
    • Distance: 11kms
    • Duration: 5.5 hours
    • Height gain: 1039m

    Start point: Ordinance Survey map 78. V836874

    A good head for height is essential for this hike, and there is a little bit of scrambling.

    (12½km via zig zag + 990metres)

    Upon leaving Cronins yard, we travel on a dirt track for 3 kms, and a further km s/w almost to lough Gouragh. Here is the beginning of our adventurous climbing. Our climb here is generally west, passing within 100m of a mountain shelter built by Kerry mountain rescue. Soon, we reach lough Cummeenoughter, the highest lake in Ireland and it’s here we climb o Shea’s gully.(200m)a further 100m climb s/e we will reach carrauntoohil mountain. (1039m) our descent is via Heavenly Gates, a steep gully where care is needed.

    Alternatively, we pass the devil’s ladder saddle and climb s/e, 100 m (1km) to the zig zag decent route. Once we reach the valley floor, there’s a 3km walk back to Cronins newly renovated coffee shop.

    16th

    Bulls Head Loop

    • Grade: Easy
    • Distance: tba
    • Duration: tba
    • Height gain: tba

    Start point: Ordinance Survey map 70: V490988

    Route to follow

    11th

    Connor Pass to Cuas via Mount Brandon

  • Grade: Difficult
  • Length: 19kms
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • 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.

    23rd

    Brandon Point-Masatiompan - Teer

    • Grade: Difficult
    • Length: 13kms
    • Duration: 6.5hours
    • Height gain: 900m

    Start point : Ordinance Survey map 70. Q526173.

    We leave Brandon car park on a W, then s/w direction with a gradual ascent. As we reach our first saddle, we leave the sás waymarked trail and follow a wide spur to reach sás creek. The views here are spectacular. A further 1½km, we reach arraglen village and follow the Dingle way s/w for 800m. It is at this point we attack Masatiompain which will be a difficult and steep ascent of 350m. From Masatiompain, we drop to the saddle and the ogham stone. Here we follow the Dingle way back to Teer car park.

    30th

    Mangerton (849m)/Horses Glen

    • Grade: Moderate/Difficult
    • Length: 9kms
    • Duration: 5 hours
    • Height gain: 700m

    Start Point: V984 847 -OS Map 78

    The approach to Mangerton via the Horses Glen begins at V984 847 Map 78.
    Following the Mangerton track initially we head SE for the first of three lakes, Loch Garagarry. The lake valley narrows to a “v”  before opening up again as we approach the second of the lakes; Lough Manach. We continue on a path made by fishermen and contour above the lake before turning a corner into the upper valley holding Lough Erhogh. These three lakes known as paternoster lakes are as a result of the flow of meltwater at the end of the last ice age. Each valley floor increasing in height as we move from one lake to the next. Reaching the back of the final valley we are surrounded by the walls of the coum, a faint track leads you into a 400m climb and eventually brings you on to the top of the arête which separates the Horses Glen from the the Devils Punchbowl. Turning southwest we make the final approach to Mangerton North Peak at  849m. We are rewarded by views back down to the Horses Glen, north to the lakes of Killarney and northwest to The Reeks. Leaving the trig point we descend following the rim of The Devils Punchbowl clockwise and pick up the track to eventually cross the Tooreencormick Battle Field  and back to our cars.

    SEPTEMBER

    6th

    Brickany Hill

    • Grade: Easy
    • Length: 6kms
    • Duration: 3.5 hours
    • Height gain: 320m

    Meet garveys dingle 10 am- Lios Dana carpark Inch :10.30am.

    This route follows the Dingle Way eastwards before heading up on open mountain to the summit of 374m where you can see some items of archaeological interest.The descent is westwards back to the Dingle Way and on the the start point,partly on a paved road

    Leaders: Nuala Rigney and Mary Kiernan

    13th

    Ballinahow -Military Road -Loch Uachtarach & return

    • Grade: Easy
    • Length: 8 kms
    • Duration: 3.5 hours
    • Height gain: 300m

    Route details to follow

    18th,19th,20th

    Dingle Walking Festival Weekend

    • Grade: tba
    • Length: tba
    • Duration: tba
    • Height gain: tba

    See separate link on our  homepage above for Festival Programme

    20th

    Purple & Tomies Mountains- Killarney

    • Grade: Difficult
    • Length: 10 kms
    • Duration: 6 hours
    • Height gain: 885m

    Start Point: North of Kate Kearney’s Cottage  V882 892

    This walk starts with a fifteen minute walk from Kate Kearney’s to our start point followed immediately by a climb of approx 500 meters to spot height 568 mtrs. After a short rest we continue climbing for another 167 mtrs until we reach the summit of Tomies Mountain at 735 mtrs. Time for lunch and an opportunity to enjoy the amazing scenery! To the east lies Lough Leane and below us to the west the Gap of Dunloe and beyond The Reeks. Leaving Tomies we drop to a Coll before again beginning to climb to the ridge and continuing to the peak of Purple Mountain at 832 mtrs. Climbing over, we descend towards Madman’s Seat via Glas Lough, a small lake at about 500 mtrs.
    Reaching the Head of the Gap we start our return journey through the Gap of Dunloe to Kate Kearney’s Cottage. To better enjoy this part of the walk some might like to carry trainers in their rucksack, this section will take about 1hrs 15 mts to complete!
    This walk can also be completed in reverse depending on weather conditions, in particular wind strength and direction.

    11th

    Connor Pass to Cuas via Mount Brandon

  • Grade: Difficult
  • Length: 19km
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • 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.

    8th

    Brandon Point – Sás Creek Loop

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Length: 9 kms
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • 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

    22nd

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

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Length: 8 kms
  • Duration: 3.5 hours
  • 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

    OCTOBER

    6th

    Fán – Mt Eagle -Cruach Mharthain – Dun Chaoin

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Length: 15kms
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • 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

    25th

    An Sliabh Glas – Loch Dubh Loop

    • Grade: Moderate
    • Length: 9kms
    • Duration: 4.5 hours
    • 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.

    27th

    Baile Breac - Mt Brandon- Ballinahow

    • Grade: Moderate
    • Length: 10kms
    • Duration: 5 hours
    • Height gain: 800m

    Start Point:  Baile Breac

    Route details to follow

    November

    3rd

    Dún Chaoin Loop - Club Open day Taster walk

    • Grade: Easy
    • Length: 7kms
    • Duration: 3 hours
    • Height gain: 200m

    Start Point: Blasket Centre Carpark

    We follow the tarmac road in a northerly direction along the Dingle Way with very slight height gain in the first 15-20 mins. We emerge on the main Slea Head drive route  and walk past Louis Mulcahy Pottery and on to Clogher Beach,where we leave the Dingle Way route.Heading south west along a cliff path we aim for Ceann Sraithe(Clogher Head).This section is not suitable for anybody who has not got a good head for heights or who suffers from vertigo.( walkers will have been advised of an alternative route prior to reaching this point).From Ceann Sraithe we descend a narrow track to another cliff top path which we follow until we pick up the last section of the “Lúb na Cille” trail and back to our start point via the old ruin of the “Ryans Daughter” schoolhouse

    10th

    Glens to Dingle

    • Grade: Moderate
    • Length: 8kms
    • Duration: 3.5 hours
    • Height gain: 470m

    Start Point:Glens Dingle:O.S Map70-Q440065

    Gradual initial ascent throught the forestry to the saddle north of  Ballysitteragh marked 397m.A steep boggy ascent follows to Ballysitteragh itself (623m) and onwards to spot height 600m where we turn in a south westerly direction down the spur to pick up the track at Scragg and into Dingle town.Weather permitting there will be great views of Brandon,Connor Pass,Blaskets,Three Sisters and Dingle town itself,with the Reeks also coming into view if the day is any way clear

    17th

    Annascaul Lake/Bearna na Gaoithe Loop

    • Grade: Moderate
    • Length: 12kms
    • Duration: 5 hours
    • Height gain:600m

    Start Point:Annascaul Lake :O.S Map70-Q582051

    This is a lovely circular walk; a challenging “moderate” with a “difficult” start. 12 km, ̴500m height gain and up to 5-5½ hours starting with a rigorous climb to gain a ridge line from which there are (hopefully) all round great views. The first couple of km are a prolonged pull up a steep, exposed slope…a little bit of hands on and care required. From the end of the ridge the return is a gradual descent across open moor and bog land, wet in places at the moment, back to the track from the Garrivagh River waterfalls to the cars at Anascaul Lake.
    Leader: Richard Masterman
    Co leader: Ethna Garvey
    Meet: Garvey’s 10.00am. Annascaul Lake 10.20am
    Weather forecast: some early morning mist will clear to bright cold weather.

    24th

    Baile Dubh to Macha na Bó Loop

    • Grade: Moderate
    • Length: 12kms
    • Duration: 4.5 hours
    • Height gain:450m

    Start Point:Ballyduff Graveyard:O.S Map 70-Q541101

     From here, our route is generally south for 3kms on a once busy tarred road used by locals for turf cutting, but now just an unpaved track. At gob an iolair, we will have climbed 400metres. The next 1½kms, there are three streams to cross until the track linking Macha na Bó and Annascaul is met. Initially Following this track NNE, we descend into macha na bo and a 3km hike NNE along the valley floor. To reach our cars, we walk the final 6 mins on tarred road.

    Distance: 11km.

    Duration: 4hrs.

    Ascent: 500metres.

    DECEMBER

    1st

    Beenoskee from Glanteenassig

    • Grade: Difficult
    • Length: 10kms
    • Duration: 5 hours
    • Height gain: 700m

    Start point: Loch Cam Carpark-Glanteenassig Forest Park:Q600078

    Leader: Bernie Firtéar
    Co leader: Tom O Malley
     Following the forest road in a south westerly direction we amble through a short section of forestry until we reach the stream.From here we have a short but steep and tricky climb beside the waterfall,heading west.From the top of the waterfall we cross wet boggy terrain nne towards the ridge leading to Stradbally Mountain(798m).Our next stop is Stradbally Mountain itself,overlooking the elegant  corrie lake Loch an Choimin,before making the short trip wsw to Beenoskee (826m).From here we aim for the top of the waterfall again and retrace our steps back to the start point
     
     

    8th

    N.B Update-due to orange weather warning for wind this walk will most likely not go ahead.Meet Garveys Supervalu Dingle 10 a.m. or Kilmore Cross Q522089 10.20 a.m.to review options. Brandon Point - Más an Tiompán(762m) - Teer

    • Grade: Moderate/Difficult
    • Length: 13kms
    • Duration: 6 hours+
    • Height gain: 900m

    Start point: Brandon Point:Q526 173.

    Leader: Mossie o halloran 0877942136
    Co leader: Lorraine Curran.
    This is a long walk and only suitable for club members. Our first 3km is a gradual ascent of 300m to Sàs creek. After another 2 km there is our 2nd climb of our hike to Más an Tiompán 762m. ( 1½kms and 450m ascent)  our return hike to Teer is all downhill from there,following the Dingle Way from the ogham stone at  Arraglen.

    15th

    Christmas Lunch Walk –Scragg towards Ballysitteragh

    • Grade: Easy
    • Length: 10kms
    • Duration: 3.5 hours
    • Height gain: 300m

    Start Point: Garveys Supervalu Dingle: 

    We walk from our start point to Goat Street from where we follow the “New Line” track at Scragg and head towards Ballysitteragh Mountain.This is very easy and pleasant walking being on relatively flat terrain for approx an hour.At this point there is the option to start climbing towards Ballysitteragh for as far as time will allow and then returning by the same route, or just returning  from here.

    Christmas Lunch: Benners Hotel 2pm.Pre booking essential-contact Ursula on 0872379259

    22nd

    Caherconree-Baurtregaum-Derrymore Linear Walk

    • Grade: Difficult
    • Length: 12 kms
    • Duration: 5 hours
    • Height gain: 900m

    Start Point: Bóthar na gCloch: Q717057

    NB:Meet 9am(Note earlier time) at Garveys Supervalu. Headtorch with spare unused batteries strongly recommended as a precaution against possible failing light towards the end of the walk!!

     

    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 head north initially to spot height 723m before skirting the side of the hill 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.

    29th

    Cuas/Brandon Creek to Túr Baile Dhaithe

    • Grade: Moderate
    • Length: 10kms
    • Duration: 3.5 hours
    • Height gain: 320m

    Start Point:Brandon Creek/Cuas : Q422118

    A lovely coastal/cliff linear walk with spectacular views ranging from the Brandon Mountain Range to the Blasket Islands an beyond.Leaving Cuas we hug the coastline before our only real steep ascent of the day to Binn Bhaile Reo9Beenmore) @ 239m.We then follow the cliff line eastwards to Ballydavid Tower 247m. (Built about 1801 as a signal tower against a possible French invasion, Ballydavid Tower had fallen into disuse by the middle of the century and was briefly reoccupied during the First World War. It was a three storey building and the remains of the garrison house as well as the tower itself can still be seen.)We then retrace our steps back to the cars.

    31st

    Mount Brandon(952m) from Faha Cloghane

    • Meet: Garveys Supervalu Dingle – 9.30a.m. or Faha carpark 10 a.m.
    • Note slightly earlier start times
    •  
    • Grade: Difficult
    • Length: 10kms
    • Duration: 5 hours
    • Height gain: 860m

    Start Point:  Faha carpark (Q494120)

    From the carpark(limited parking spaces so car pooling essential),we follow the well worn track via the newly renovated grotto area, on  a gradual ascent initially 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 views(weather permitting) we retrace our steps carefully and return by the same route.

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