Mount Brandon dominates the villages of Cloghane and Brandon, a welcoming community with a rich heritage of music, language, and dance. There are numerous walks to lakes, waterfalls, creeks, beaches, cliff walks and of course the unforgettable walk/climb up Mount Brandon. The beaches are so varied from the secret beach ‘Tra Bhan’ to Brandon Bay, the longest beach in Ireland which starts in Cloghane and runs for 13km to Castlegregory and the Maharees Peninsula. Book one of our Stylish holiday lets Cloghane.
Cloghane has two great bar/ restaurants serving pub food, Murphy’s being one of them. Brandon is centred around the activities of the Pier, swimming, fishing, drinking, eating, dolphin spotting, socialising. It’s a very special place and in the summer months full of activity with kids and sometimes adults jumping off the Pier, hiring boats, rowing curragh’s (traditional Irish boats made of heavy canvas and tar).
Fishing in the area is superb. The Owenmore River flows from its source in Mullach, down through the valley to the estuary of Cloghane and into Brandon Bay. The river is bursting with salmon and sea trout. The estuary, reached from Cappagh beach and Drom on the opposite side along with Fermoyle Beach are perfect for shore anglers looking for sea bass. There is nowhere as social to fish though as the pier in Brandon where you can get a refreshing pint of Guinness and a crab sandwich while reeling in the mackerel.
There are over 2,000 archaeological sites on the Dingle Peninsula and the valley of Loch a’ Duin near Cloghane is one of the largest. It contains over 90 structures dating from the Bronze age including rock art, standing stones and wedge tombs. The site is a bit overgrown but it’s good fun hunting for the structures. If you don’t find any, the stunning walk which begins where the Connor Pass road meets the Cloghane road rewards you with a stunning waterfall and lake.