The Dingle Peninsula - A Walking Guide

04th April 2015
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The spectacular Dingle Peninsula in southwest Ireland extends westward into the Atlantic from Tralee to Slea Head. Voted among the Top 100 destinations in the world by TripAdvisor and referred to as the most beautiful place on earth by National Geographic, its landscape includes soaring mountaintops, gentle hillsides, secluded lakes and valleys, ancient ruins, dramatic sea cliffs and long, sandy beaches.

This guide takes you off the beaten track to explore this stunning landscape in a variety of walking routes ranging from short hikes to full-day treks. From the wild extremities of the Great Blasket Island to the majestic heights of Mount Brandon and the comfort of the Dingle Way, there's something for all tastes. Each route is prefaced with a reference summary and illustrated with maps and photographs. Route descriptions include GPS coordinates, navigation guidance, access notes and short variations. There is also material on the fauna, flora, folklore, history, geology and place names of each area.

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'...a fine guidebook.'
-- Irish Mountain Log magazine
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'...includes many fine photographs.'
-- Mountain Views
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'Attractive and practical guides. Illustrated throughout by superb photography.'
-- Outdoor Focus Magazine
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Access Issues

A number of access issues has arisen since publication of the book, affecting three of the routes in the book. Route 14 has been rerouted but Routes 20 and 21 are currently off-limits. Future reprints of the book will reflect the reroute of Route 14 and will offer an alternative to Routes 20 and 21 if viable.

Route 14 - Ballyduff to Anascaul

On page 68 the description of the start of Route 14, Ballyduff to Anascaul, should now read as follows due to a landowner objecting to the use of the initial 150m of boreen/laneway from Glennahoo Bridge by walkers:

Start: Parking spaces at Ballyduff or An Baile Dubh graveyard at Q5407010100, just off the R560, due east of Cloghane village.

Finish: South Pole Inn, Anascaul Village

Route Description:

Walk back towards the R560 from the graveyard and turn right. Walk around 500m along the road and cross the bridge over the Glennahoo River. Take care while walking along the R560 as it is a busy road with no verges. After crossing the bridge, continue along the R560 for another 300m. Leave the R560 and turn right into a track at Q5460010350. There is a small, converted farmhouse with dormer windows and a sloped flat roof extension at the track entrance. The track is bordered by stone walls overgrown with fern, gorse and moss. Follow the track uphill. Ignore a narrow, informal grassy path on the left and continue to pass a large farmhouse, also on the left.

Continue ahead and southwards to Maghanaboe at the head of the valley. The Glennahoo River twists and turns along the valley floor to the right. The narrow valley, some 3km long, is flanked by a sweep of steep slopes clothed with banks of scree.

Route 20 - Glanteenassig High-Level Circuit: East
Route 21 - Glanteenassig High-Level Circuit: West

There is an access closure in Glanteenassig affecting access via the track which runs south from grid reference Q617080. The landowners own a considerable area of land surrounding that track and do not want walkers, or members of the public entering their property. It is understood that even people with turf rights that are accessed by that track are also affected by this closure. We will provide an update on this website as soon as there are any further developments.