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Brackloon Loop

Length: 6km, allow 2 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Terrain: paved roads and mountain
Gear: Comfortable walking shoes/boots, raingear, mobile phone, snacks and fluids
Ascent: N/A
When to go: All year round
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Family Friendly: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes but dogs must be kept on a leash.
Stopping Points: No set points but some interesting things to see are listed in description below.
Nearest Services: Annascual
Car Parking: Car parking is available anywhere in the village.
Ordnance Survey Map No: 71

Disclaimer: Gems Publishing Ltd. do not accept responsibility for injury, loss or inconvenience caused while walking these trails. Common sense should prevail at all times.

Brackloon Map

Before you start: Walk begins from the village of Annascaul on the Dingle Peninsula, where the main arterial road, the N86 Dingle to Tralee route, via Camp runs through the village. Park anywhere in the village. Hanafin’s Bar is the local fountain of knowledge for walking in the area and the Sacred Heart Church is about 100m further up the street on the same side where the walk begins.

History to know: The little mountain village of Annascaul on the Dingle peninsula echoes of mythical legends and modern day heroes. It was in these lonely hills that the fabled Celtic warrior CúChulainn fought and killed the mythical warrior Feirdia to win the love of the beautiful Scáil. However, she did not return his love as she remained true to Feirdia and Scáil drowned herself in the river – after which the village is named, Annascaul. Tom Crean, the Antarctic explorer who accompanied Ernest Shackleton, was born here. Upon his return to Kerry from his travels he settled in the village and opened the ‘South Pole Inn.’ A modern day hero, his memory is still very much alive among the people who live here.

Enjoy walking the Brackloon Ridge with its trio of 300m peaks–Brackloon Mountain (270m), Knockafeehane (301m)–and magnificent views of the Slieve Mish mountains, the Com Dubh river system, majestic Dingle Bay and the never-ending Inch Strand.

A to B: Beginning in the village walk through the church yard to the back and turn left onto the Maum Road now rising straight ahead of you. This road is an old butter road. Roads like this were used in the 19th Century to bring butter from the hills of Kerry to the Butter Exchange in Cork city.

B to C: At the walking club notice board climb the stile and follow the marking poles until you reach the peak at Knockfeehane.

C to D: Follow the marking poles along the ridge, taking in the views over Dingle Bay and the Slieve Mish Mountains, before carefully descending towards the main road at Bunaneer Cove.

D back to A: Turning right, walk up hill along the R561 road for approximately 300m before taking the second road on the right, going uphill. This minor road brings you alongside the quiet dwelling places before returning to the village near the Post Office.

Finish: We hope you have enjoyed the walk and found the information here useful. As always, if you have any comments to make please contact us at info@kerrygems.com.

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