Dingle-dweller Deanna O’Connor chats to Pádraig Murphy of Murphy’s Bar on Brandon Pier about his favourite things to do this month…
The summer months are a buzz of activity on the Dingle Peninsula, but September is a great time to visit, when things quieten down a little, and you get the traditional good weather that always seems to kick in the week the kids go back to school.
Murphy’s Bar in Brandon sits right on the pier, looking out to sea, and their outdoor tables are a great place to while away a sunny afternoon, with a pint of the black stuff and a delicious crab sandwich. The bar has been in the family for five generations, since the 1890s and is now run by Pádraig Murphy. The local man lets us in on some of his favourite things and insider tips.
My favourite thing about this time of year:
“I love September, less crowds and less traffic. The days are still long enough and some of September can be lovely weather too. People in bars and restaurants have more time to interact too, which is definitely a plus.”
My favourite ‘by the sea’ activity:
“Paddle boarding—I love getting out on the water here in Brandon and looking up at the mountains.”
“My top tip around here is to bring walking boots and rain gear! There’s something for everyone, from Mount Brandon to Sás Creek Loop and even the beautiful valleys of Loch a’Duin and Macha na Bo.”
Favourite place for a swim:
“Cappagh Beach at high tide is great for a swim. It’s also fab at dawn if you have an eye for photography.”
Best beach for a walk:
“Fermoyle is a beautiful long sandy beach, but it’s north facing so bring a windbreaker!”
“The top of Mount Brandon is a challenge but if you get the right day with good visibility you can see to Galway and Mayo. It’s spectacular.”
For more see murphysbarbrandon.com
StayYNA’s Amanda says, “My favourite thing in the world is to eat one of the famous crab on brown bread open sandwiches, at Murphy’s Bar, whilst watching all the activity on Brandon Pier and taking in the view. (They even made me a packed lunch for the plane!) Then go for a walk on Brandon beach—it goes on for miles and we collected the most incredible anemone shells.”
From your base near Brandon Pier there are lots of fun activities to try, and the mild September weather is still pleasant for water sports.
- Stand Up Paddle Boarding: Ed and Oona at Wild Sup Tours will have even the most nervous beginner confidently paddling away in no time. With the attraction of dolphin-spotting off Brandon Head, you’ll have plenty of motivation! wildsuptours.com
- Surfing: Jamie Knox Watersports operates out of the Maharees in stunning Brandon Bay – I dare anyone to watch the inspiring video on his website and not have the urge to don a wetsuit afterwards. jamieknox.com
- Horseriding: There is nothing in the world quite like the feeling freedom of galloping along a sandy beach. O’Connor’s Horse Riding Maharees offer a selection of one- and two-hour beach ride experiences, although galloping is not guaranteed—go for the evening session dedicated to experienced riders if you want more than an ambling pace. beachhorseriding.com
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