Dunquin to Feohanagh

Distance: 22km | Ascent: 100m | Time: 7hrs

The road leading out of Dunquin provides a brisk uphill walk. Heading due north the Dingle Way soon turns into a gravel path and then rounds the shoulder of An Ghráig at 120m above sea-level. The route then descends and joins back up with the main road.

It comes as a surprise in such a quiet surrounding that the road should suddenly come across a large pottery studio/outlet. The work of Louis Mulcahy is renowned in Ireland and a browse around the store provides a welcome break from the trail.

After heading across grasslands and passing the small picturesque Clogher Beach, the Dingle Way skirts some cliffs where the full force of the Atlantic can be felt as waves come crashing in below. Arriving back on tarmac and proceeding in a north-easterly direction, the trail soon comes to a T-junction where there has been a change recently. Ordnance Survey publications show the Dingle Way taking a left turn pointing in the direction of Ferriters Cove where the revised trail should now take a right followed by an immediate left and travelling up the east side of the golf course instead of the west.

Crossing the face of Smerwick Harbour, the Dingle Way treads nearly six kilometers of beach and bypasses Ballyferriter before finally reaching Murreagh and Ballydavid. Those wishing to take an earlier break at Ballyferriter should take the higher line along the sand dunes to spot the second turn-off for the town.

The Dingle Way takes in a larger section of cliff-walk once it passes Ballydavid, 3 kilometers in total before it starts to head back inland, rejoining the road at Glashabeg. Once having passed through the area of Feohanagh, the Brandon Mountain now dominates the next section of the Dingle Way as the cliffs of Ballydavid Head rise up above the road to the north-west and block the view of the sea. The quiet country road gradually weaves its way to the foot of the looming mountain.

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