Ballydavid To Cloghane

Distance: 19 km/13 miles, Ascent: 670 m/2010 ft

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This is one of the most remote sections of the Dingle Way; history and breathtaking scenery is there in its fullest glory. You are in the cradle of early Christian civilization here, with as many as sixty notable sites of cultural and religious development from the 5th to 9th centuries.

Today`s walk is a spectacular one. Leaving Ballydavid, you follow the coast to Feohanagh and then commence the ascent of Brandon head climbing alongside the steep cliffs to a height of approximately 700m.

Walking is the best way to appreciate the beauty and scenery of this part of The Dingle Way. You will discover the jagged coastline, rolling countryside, quiet forests and remote mountain valleys by following the network of marked trails.

You pass the shoulder of Masatiompan (which affords views of Brandon Mountain itself) and is marked at the highest point by a 3,500-year-old Ogham Stone. You then descend to Brandon Point with views over Brandon Bay toward Castlegregory and Rough Point. Turning back south you follow a path to the village of Cloghane and the end your journey.

The trail follows a green road that crosses the shoulder of one of Ireland’s highest mountains “Mount Brandon” standing at 952Mtrs.

Once having passed through the area of Feohanagh, the Brandon Mountain now dominates the next section of the Dingle Way as the cliffs of Ballydavid Head rise up above the road to the north-west and block the view of the sea.

The quiet country road gradually weaves its way to the foot of the looming mountain. Passing a standing stone that dates back over 3.500 years; which still displays the symbols of Ogham Writing.

You will cross over an area of blanket bog where turf is still harvested in traditional ways.

All the information about this section of the walk stresses the difficulty of this section and gives warnings not to attempt it in mist. In fact, it is well way marked and the climb is little more than a gradual uphill walk.

Whilst the path at the beginning of the descent is rather eroded, this is easy to bypass and the rest of the route was a gradual downhill on a clear path. The scenery is superb - Tralee Bay, the Magharees against the hues of the Slieve Mish mountains. The descent to Cloghane is nothing short of thrilling on a clear day.

If you have time to spare spend it on Brandon beach enjoying the sun before continuing to the finish in the quiet village of Cloghane; that lies in the shadow of Mount Brandon.

In Cloghane, the views are really spectacular; the town sits in a valley of mountains, with the coast lining the main street of the village. The tide comes in and out, creating significant changes in the scenery all day long.

It's quite a pretty village. Here you can enjoy some pub grub and drinks followed by some photographs on the village streets. 

Have a great night in Cloghane, you will love it, don`t have too much guinness, have a good nights rest and get up early for stage 7 Cloghane to Castlegregory

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