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Slí Na NGallán Loop Walk

  • 4.7 km / 3 miles
  • 1 hour
  • Moderate

The walk focuses on the three Standing Stones (Galláin) in the townland of Cluain Searrach which are orientated on the rising sun at the summer solstice. The stone alignment is situated on the lower east slopes of Mount Brandon commanding an extensive view across Brandon Bay towards the central mountain ridge that forms the backbone of the Dingle Peninsula. Originally there were five standing stones, with two now lying flat and partly buried. The two fallen stones had fallen by the early 19th century. The remaining stones stand at 2.75m, 2.14m and 2.1m high.

Summer Solstice: The summer solstice takes place on June 21st (with the effect over the Stones visible for 2-3 days on either side of the actual date), and marks the longest day of the year. In the west of Ireland the sun sets very late – past 10pm – and the soft glows of twilight can last until after midnight, with the first tendrils of dawn alighting the sky as early as 3 or 4 am.

Route: You start your journey in Cloghane Village, passing by the ruins of the 13th Century Catholic and 19th Century Anglican churches above the village, past the early-Christian (now almost hidden) St Brendan’s Well, over the Cloghane River followed by a gentle climb along the old pilgrim route to Mount Brandon until you come to the Faha road.  Turn right and then left up the gently climbing boithrín with beautiful scenic views over Brandon Bay and finally through the fields at the end of the road to the Galláin.  From there follow the signs along the quiet local roads back to Cloghane village.

Google Map Coordinates for stones: 52.247426842011464, -10.178472651080035


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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