20 KM, 900 feet approximately 6-7 hours
Back at sea level, todays walk follows the coast around the Castlegregory promontory via the surfing beaches of Brandon and Scraggane Bay to the limestone Isles of Magharee.
Leave Cloghane after breakfast and take the road towards Castlegregory. After skirting Drom Hill it is onto the beach for 6 miles along the beach and try as you might, it was hard to imagine that the end of the beach in the distance was actually 6 miles away.
Stowing the boots in your backpacks and set out on firm sand, making the walking easier. Picking your way carefully through the pebbly sections and combined with paddling in the shallow water you will add variety to the long trek.
Tourism is a major contributor to the local economy, through holiday home rentals, pubs and restaurants, surfing, windsurfing, scuba diving, walking and sea angling. You will find Spillanes Pub a welcome stop off for food and refreshments.
Eventually reaching the exit point your boots are put back on again to traverse the peninsula, passing a very inviting pub on the way. This is an excellent spot for a rest and recharge your batteries.
After being suitably refreshed make your way to the fishing harbour of Kilshannig, one of the last places where the traditional namhog is made – a fishing boat with a tarred canvas skin on a light wooden frame.
Crabs caught freshly here are transported to the tables of France and Spain. A cross slab bearing the Greek Chi-Rho symbol of Christ is in the 15th century Kilshannig Church.