Walking & hiking
Local activities include walking and trekking with part of the Kerry Way close by; mountain climbing; quiet cycling lanes; fishing – deep sea, river, lake and shore angling; water sports – surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, swimming, body boarding, canoeing, snorkelling and diving; links golf; horse riding; and many archaeological sites for you to explore.
Brandon village is situated on the Dingle Way Walking Route. This walk covers all of the peninsula following mountain tracks, trails, laneways and minor roads.
But the Brandon region has more marked walks through the hills and valleys to suit all abilities. Please enquire at Cloghane’s Information Office for local guides and maps. Please be aware, weather can be unpredictable in the mountains, only well equipped, experienced hikers should attempt the higher altitudes.
Some of Ireland’s most amazing beaches are on our doorstep! Ballyguin Beach, distinctive for its red sand, and Cappagh Strand are just a short stroll away. With stunning views, these beaches are gorgeous for relaxation, swimming and building sandcastles. (Please ask us about tides and safe locations when you arrive). Ireland’s longest beach starts in Cloghane and runs unbroken through Fermoyle, Kilcummin, Barrick, Stradbally, Castlegregory, and down the Maharees peninsula. This is a must for walkers who would like to exchange boots for bare feet! The north coast of Dingle Peninsula offers perfect conditions for surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, canoeing, waterskiing, scuba diving and sailing.
Anglers find plenty of options nearby, from surf, estuary, pier and rock fishing in the Atlantic to angling for brown trout, white trout and salmon in local rivers and lakes,bass and flatfish can be caught on Brandon beach. The Owenmore River and its environs are quite spectacular, from its source in Mullagh, down through the valley to the estuary and into Brandon Bay. The river is popular with anglers, with salmon and sea trout being plentiful. Boats for sea angling can be hired locally, Brandon Boat Hire (Duántacht Bréanainn) offers a range of rates from as little as € 30.
Bird Watching in Brandon Bay
The Cloghane-Brandon area includes a wide range of habitats and are home to a rich and bio-diverse flora and fauna. Local residents include curlews, oystercatchers, herons, as well as gannets, fulmars, cormorants, choughs, razorbills and guillemots.
Feile na Lughnasa is held on the last weekend of July. It is a lovely colourful festival with activities and events for all the family. Highlights include sand castle competitions, village parade, open-air entertainment, poetry reading and the ascent of Mount Brandon.
The Brandon Regatta is held on one of the last Sundays in August every year. This is a series of traditional curragh (boat) races. It is a great local tradition still very popular and everyone celebrates the event with music and song locally.
County Kerry is famous for its beautiful scenery with a rich cultural, historical and archaeological heritage. Dingle town, with its abundance of shops, pubs and seafood restaurants as well as a colourful busy little fishing harbour, is 20 mins. away, crossing spectacular Conor Pass. Slea Head Drive is a exceptionally picturesque corniche road and leads you from Dingle town past prehistoric remains along the rugged coastline with glorious scenery including the Blasket Islands and small sandy beaches dotted among the Cliffs.
Killarney National Park and the Ring of Kerry are not to be missed and can be visited on day trips from the cottage.
There are over 2,000 archaeological sites on the Dingle Peninsula and Loch a’Duin is one of the most significant sites in the country. It contains a most remarkable series of monuments from the Bronze Age. In this 1,500-acre valley, there are 90 stone structures dating from 2500 BC up to modern times. Call in to Cloghane’s Information Centre for maps and more information.