Cloghane to Castlegregory

Distance: 29km | Ascent: 50m | Time: 7-8hrs

The Dingle Way leaves Cloghane via a quiet undulating road that briefly makes its way inland and skirts Drom hill to the north, giving rise to impressive views of glacial valleys to the south. This road section lasts around 3.5km before threading through Drom and Farrendalouge and emerging back on the sea-front at Fermoyle.

In total contrast to the previous mountainous section, the terrain succumbs to sandy beach for a large part of what lies between Fermoyle and Castlegregory. Taking in the loop of low-lying land stretching out towards the Magharee Islands to the north, the Dingle Way spans the length of Ireland's longest beach, measuring 11km in length.

With similar characteristics to Inch Beach on the south of the peninsula, Fermoyle Strand sees an endless string of thunderous waves crashing ashore. Several streams along this section of the strand have to be crossed and after a day of heavy rain or during high tides, these can become extremely deep. The more cautious approach is to take to the higher ground of the sand-dunes where they can be easily crossed.

Reaching the head of the strand the Dingle Way passes through the small community of Fahamore where there are two welcoming pubs to avail of refreshments and a bite to eat. The trail curves around Scraggane Bay to the north before starting to come back down the eastern side of the loop along another stretch of beach which lasts another 2.5km. The trail then takes back to the final stretch of tarmac road to lead into Castlegregory to the south.

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