Dunquin to Ballydavid
13.5 miles, 500 feet,
4 hours approx.

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You can have amazing evening sessions of song, dance and music at Krugers, but control yourself and make sure you get a good nights sleep.

For the night at Dunquin Gleann Dearg B & B is comfortable and very reasonable,  where the hostess provides an evening meal as there are very few places to eat in this widely dispersed village of Dunquin  and you can have a bit of a lie in due to the fact that breakfast is not served until 9am.

 

This leg of the Dingle Way takes you north along the Atlantic Cliffs where you enjoy a great, bracing days walking along coastal paths. 

The road leading out of Dunquin provides a brisk uphill walk at first and then it becomes relatively flat . Heading due north the Dingle Way soon turns into a gravel path and then rounds the shoulder of An Ghráig at 120m above sea-level. The route then descends and joins back up with the main road.

It comes as a surprise in such a quiet surrounding that the road should suddenly come across a large pottery studio/outlet. The work of Louis Mulcahy is renowned in Ireland and a browse around the store provides a welcome break from the trail.

Before long you will reach Clougher Beach and have your first sighting of the Three Sisters. Near Clogher is a wonderful cliff walk which rambles along the water's edge on pleasant meadowland.

If you have time divert to view the Gallarus Oratory, a wonderful ancient monastic site. Nearby were several other antiquities (Reasc Monastic Site and Kilmalkedar Antiquity Sites), but there are too few hours in the day and too many kilometers already walked, compromises have to be made.

After a brief stop to enjoy the scenery continue along the original route, as marked on the map. Skirting the cliffs, the waves of Atlantic Ocean make an impressive sight as they crash against the rocks. The Dingle Way skirts several cliffs where the full force of the Atlantic can be felt as waves come crashing in below.


Arriving back on the road it is then a gradual uphill walk to Smerwick Harbour where you can divert from the route to visit Dún an Óir, Fort of Gold, the site of an Iron Age fort, where Italian and Spaniard soldiers were besieged by troops of Elizabeth I. From here it was a simple walk along the beach to Murreagh.

Crossing the face of Smerwick Harbour, the Dingle Way treads nearly six kilometers of beach and bypasses Ballyferriter before finally reaching Murreagh and Ballydavid. Those wishing to take an earlier break at Ballyferriter should take the higher line along the sand dunes to spot the second turn-off for the town.

 

Try to have a quite evening in Ballydavid and Ballyferriter and get ready for day 6, an exciting day walking from

Ballydavid to Cloghane


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