Walking Hiking

Brandon – County Kerry – Walking Short Break

  • Walking Hiking Ireland Cork & Kerry
  • Walking Hiking Ireland Cork & Kerry
  • Walking Hiking Ireland Cork & Kerry
  • Walking Hiking Ireland Cork & Kerry
  • Walking Hiking Ireland Cork & Kerry
  • Walking Hiking Ireland Cork & Kerry
  • Walking Hiking Ireland Cork & Kerry
  • Walking Hiking Ireland Cork & Kerry
  • Walking Hiking Ireland Cork & Kerry
  • Walking Hiking Ireland Cork & Kerry
  • Walking Hiking Ireland Cork & Kerry
  • Walking Hiking Ireland Cork & Kerry

Walking Short Break – Brandon, County Kerry

Brandon is the second highest mountain in Ireland, rising to 952 m. /2775 ft., which is situated on the northern edge of the Dingle Peninsula, considered by many walkers as one of the finest mountains in Ireland. The mountain is made up of a fantastic arrangement of corrie lakes, spectacular cliff faces, a glaciated landscape of rocky slabs and outstanding wild scenery.

According to legend, St. Brendan the navigator lived on or near the summit, so the mountain is most probably named after him. The remains of a ruined sixth-century cell near the summit suggest that this may indeed be true.


Tour Pricing & Dates

3 Day Tour €225 per person sharing
Friday to Sunday
Single Supplement +€105
Tour Dates 2018 Friday, 29th September to Sunday, 1st October
Tour Grade Moderate
Accommodation Guesthouse




Day 1 / Dublin to Cloghane
Depart Dublin at 12 noon for Cloghane; driving time is approximately 4 hrs depending on traffic weather etc. Cloghane is located on the northern tip of the Dingle Peninsula overlook beautiful Brandon Bay. This is a Gaeltacht region, where the Irish language is spoken by almost everyone, rich in music and dance. Cloghane has received a Beatha Environmental Quality Award which shows that this area has an excellent environment and that is being managed in a sustainable way.
Day 2 / Brandon Mountain
Our walk takes us directly from our accommodation, taking us along a narrow country road to reach Faha Grotto. From here mountains views of Brandon Bay and surrounding countryside start to open up before you. This is also a spot to sit and rest a while to absorb the tranquil atmosphere that surrounds the grotto. Our route continues along the flank of the mountain slopes to reach a large glaciated valley. A valley that is made up of towering cliffs, giant slabs of rocks and boulders. The valley floor consists of a series of small punch bowl corrie lakes, one flowing gently into the next. A short scramble takes us out onto the Col on the side of Brandon, followed by a short easy walk to the summit. If the day is clear, our rewards of magnificent views in all directions from the highest point on the Dingle Peninsula will ease away any suffering that you may have from the climb up. Our descent takes us along by Piaras Mór to join the Dingle Way, that takes us right to connect with an old bog road and down to Teer, where we will be picked up and taken back to our accommodation. Distance: 17 km/10.6 miles, Ascent: 595 m/1789 ft
Day 3 / Dingle Way & Brandon Way
After a hearty breakfast we will pack our belongings and get ready for home. But before we leave we will do a relaxing and therapeutic walk along part of Ireland’s longest beach, “Brandon Bay” which starts in Cloghane and runs unbroken through Fermoyle, Castlegregory, and down the Maharees peninsula. Distance: 10 km/6 miles, Ascent: little to none


  • 2 nights bed and breakfast
  • All transport to include: Pickup and return from Dublin or along the way
  • All transport to and from walks

Not Included

  • Packed lunches
  • Evening meals


  • Dear Christopher, thank you for another wonderful vacation! I really enjoyed seeing another area of your beautiful country. Thank you for leading us on some amazing hikes, and for taking care of everything while we were here. It was a very relaxing week, and we’re going home renewed and rejuvenated. Until we meet again!

  • Christopher, as the official Irish Tourism Board’s representative, it gladdens me to award you the Golden Shamrock, our top tourism award. That last part was bullshit. I had an amazing experience and I am so glad that I got to see Ireland’s most intimate spots. Thank you for a wonderful trip and all of your knowledge and humour. Looking forward to doing another trip together!

  • Christopher, thank you for a second tour through your beautiful Ireland. It was another amazing experience of hiking and food and laughter. What a wonderful week and I can’t wait to return soon for another Footfalls tour. Thank you for everything!

  • Dear Christopher, thank you so much for another beautiful journey in your Ireland. We loved our first walking holidays with you, so much that we couldn’t wait to do it again! And this second time in Connemara and the Burren Way didn’t disappoint. You make each trip so special with your warmth, quick wit and what I like to think of your Irish spirit. Thank you for another week of memories that I will always treasure, for your friendship and coring.

  • Christopher, that was the best! We enjoyed every minute of our adventure in Ireland. You are an awesome tour guide. Thanks so much for a great trip. We really enjoyed ourselves and hope to return soon. We will return!

    Barbara and Michael