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Cloghane village is situated at the foot of Mount Brandon, on the northern shores of the Dingle Peninsula. Overlooking the inspiringly beautiful Brandon Bay, this region is distinguished by its amazing glacial features. Natural beauty is home here with glacial lakes and valleys, waterfalls, mountain trails and passes and the Atlantic Ocean – a perfect setting for walking, fishing, cycling, swimming, windsurfing, flora, fauna, heritage and culture.

Cloghane, An Clochán (meaning stone hut), is a quaint and colourful village on the shores of the Owenmore estuary. It has a rich heritage of music, language, and dance and is of the Gaeltacht region, where the Irish language is spoken. There are several traditional pubs in the area serving fine food, some specialising in locally-caught seafood. Sessions of music, song, and dance are held regularly in most of the local pubs, where young and old, visitor and local, join together in what locals would refer to as “having the craic!”

Siopa an Phobail is located at the entrance to An Clochán. This community initiative includes a shop and a tourist information centre where much of the local produce and crafts can be purchased. Adjacent to this is a bakery, Bácús Bhréanainn. This is the home of bread baking, providing a range of unique artisan breads which can now also be purchased in a limited number of shops in Dingle.

The longest beach in Ireland, which extends for twelve miles, begins in the Cloghane-Brandon area, stretching all the way along the coastline to the Maharees incorporating many beautiful strands including Fermoyle, Kilcummin, Gowlane, Stradbally and Fahamore.

The Comharchumann works closely with the artists in the area who produce a range of arts for all tastes. Féile an Leith-Triúigh, a cultural festival which is held in March celebrates all that is Irish in the area.

The Festival of Lúnasa takes place in the area annually on the last weekend in July, celebrating local music, culture and song. This is a family orientated festival which includes activities for all age-groups. Central to the féile is the traditional blessing of the boats held at Cé Bhréanainn on the Sunday. Féile Lúghnasa includes an Artists Trail which allows visitors a opportunity to visit the local artists in their studios and observe them at work.

Coláiste Gaeilge an Leith-Triúigh, a cultural tourism package offers visitors a unique experience incorporating an Irish Course for adults and families with a holiday in the area. Information on this and other activities can be got on www.cflt.ie

The Loch a'Dúin valley near Cloghane contains the most remarkable series of monuments from the Bronze Age. In this valley of 1,500 acres, there are 90 stone structures dating from 2500 BC up to modern times. Running like a web throughout the landscape are several miles of stonewall, hidden by peat, which has accumulated over the past 3,000 years. From archaeological excavations and pollen studies, it has become clear that the Loch a'Dúin Valley was used for intensive agriculture, both pastoral and arable, from 1600 BC to the beginning of the Iron Age. During this time habitation huts, fulachta fiadh, standing stones and enclosures were erected to house both humans and animals. Even earlier is the wedge tomb and the cup and circle rock art (of which there are nine examples), making it the largest concentration on the Dingle Peninsula. The level of preservation is due to the protective cover of the bog, which completely covered the landscape. It is during modern turf cutting that the ancient remains are uncovered. The Loch a'Dúin Valley today has been marked out with a walking route, along with a guidebook, and is accessible to walkers of all abilities.

Heading up the Conor Pass is like a geography class field trip! At the little waterfall, stop and climb to Pedlar’s Lake with its majestic craggy mountain peaks and vistas over the glacial valley and hanging lakes below. At the top of the Conor Pass, enjoy the stunning vistas of Brandon Bay, the North Kerry coastline and Loop Head to the north and to the south, you will see Dingle harbour and bay, the Iveragh Peninsula and on a clear day, the Skellig Rocks.

 

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