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Cloghane Brandon is picturesquely situated in the northern part of the Dingle Peninsula in Kerry

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Cloghane is a small village located on the northern side of the Dingle Peninsula approximately 15km to the north east of An Daingean and approximately 40km west of Tralee. It is a small coastal village beneath Mount Brandon and the Conor Pass where the Owenmore River flows into Cloghane Creek.

Cloghane is mainly a fishing, farming and tourist village, providing a range of local services to the surrounding hinterland. It is a good base for exploring on foot and is the easiest side from which to climb Mount Brandon. Cloghane has a basic range of services which includes a Catholic church, a primary school, a community shop, one public house and another for sale and a seasonal tourist office, hostel and holiday homes.

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Looking out over Brandon Bay with a relatively small population and a location touching the far reaches of the “Wild Atlantic Way”, there are limited public transport links. However, Tralee is only a 40-minute drive away and connects to several main roads on Ireland’s road infrastructure.

The Cloghane Brandon area is one of great natural beauty, set between the mountains and the Atlantic with an abundance of sandy beaches, washed clean by the surf of Brandon Bay and spectacular walking trails through uninhabited valleys and unique wilderness. A great place to stay if climbing Mount Brandon, the area lies at the foot of the Conor Pass within the Gaeltacht of Corca Dhuibhne and has a rich heritage of music, language, and dance. Everywhere there are traces of a way of life almost forgotten elsewhere.

Plan your visit


Depending on which direction you are arriving from the best way to travel is:

From Dublin & The West

Follow the M7 motorway and join the M20 motorway upon exiting Limerick, which brings you to the N21 and on to Tralee. From there exit Tralee via the N86.

From Cork & The South

Follow N20 and N72 to R577. Continue on R577 then take Cois Abhainn to N21 in Kerry. Follow N21 and N86 to R560. Continue on R560. Take R560 Stradbally to R550

From Galway & The North

Follow R336 to Bothar na dTreabh/N6. Merge onto Prospect Hill/R336. Take M18, N18, N21 and N86 to R560 in Kerry. Continue on R560. Take R560 Stradbally to R550

Exiting Tralee along the N86 road

Keep right at the junction just after The Railway Tavern to take the R560 road to Cloghane

In addition, Bus Eireann provide a local bus service that runs between Cloghane and Tralee, stopping off at several points en route. The bus runs once a week on Friday.


TFI Local Link Kerry also bus transport services in the county including routes to Cloghane and Brandon.



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What people are saying about us

  • Character building hike

    Started from the faha carpark by the grotto, through sheep pastures up to the stony narrow walk along the edge of the valley. There’s a bit of scrambling on the vertical rise from this point up to the top, then a short walk along the top to the peak.

    J Sheehan

    – May, 2022

  • A nice hike in rain and sun.

    Great mountain to climb research the routes the tourist route is ok but the other routes can be more challenging but great views of Tralee bay.


    – July, 2021

  • Lovely

    Absolutely stunning! Breath-taking views (which I partly saw on google as it was covered in clouds in a day we went there. Well marked so it is hard to get lost. The first part (app. 1,5km) can be slightly hard and long, but it gets better later

    Anna M

    – July, 2021

  • Great climb, with varied terrain

    Really nice climb to the summit, with an easy to follow trail. Just go up by the grotto at the start and you can’t go wrong. Varied terrain and beautiful views throughout, keeping things interesting for the 4 hours round trip. Highly recommended.


    – September, 2019

  • Stunning

    Spectacular views – take the time to climb around everything that you see. From the top, you will have a great view – maybe a low cloud sitting between two ridges?

    Frederick, MD

    – September, 2019

  • Great walk up Mount Brandon

    What a special place!! It’s a bit of a hard walk up, but the white posts and crosses mean you can’t get lost when the mist descends. Epic views and very atmospheric in the swirling mist on the day we were there. But folks… Please! Please! Take home your orange peel and banana skins! They don’t belong strewn on top of such a beautiful mountain.

    Sam V

    – June, 2019


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