Dingle – Sliabh an Iolair (Mount Eagle)
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Summits and Places on this Route
- Carhoo Hill [Ballymacadoyle Hill] [Cnoc na Ceathrun] - 2.7km
- An Scraig [Ballysitteragh] - 5.0km
- Beennabrack [Macha na gCab] - 5.0km
- Leataoibh [Lateeve] [Lateevemore] - 5.3km
- An Bhinn Dubh - 6.0km
Dingle – Sliabh an Iolair (Mount Eagle) Details
Dingle (Part 2 of 2) – Sliabh an Iolair (Mount Eagle)
Our journey on the 2nd day took us along the coast road towards Dunquin Dun Chaoin, the most westerly point on the Dingle Peninsula. The views on the journey to start point are reason enough to get you exited (such as a visit to the hidden pier below), but once on the pinnacle you’ll be glad you made the extra effort.Credit: Wikipedia
Low lying cloud was still above but at least the sea mist was gone for the day. After parking the car by a telecome mast on a side road we took a brisk walk down the road and took a left onto a rough track road, this moderate but consistent gradient zig zags you towards the 300m mark, a small rest bite will offer you a view of Dunquin bay below and beyond the Blasket isles popping out of the Atlantic, know as the “next parish to America”.
Pushing on a steep stretch on track and then on unmarked grassland takes you to the summit of Mount Eagle. At 600M this trig point offers one of the best panoramic views I’ve ever come across, Dingle coast in all its glory with skillet islands off in the hazy distance, rugged coastal cliffs scything down into Atlantic inlets and surrounding mountains offering a backdrop to 360 degrees of beauty.
Once done admiring the view an easy ascent will naturally lead you towards an old but obvious stone wall, follow this all the way down on a nice easy underfoot ascent towards the coastal road.
A 3-4k walk awaits you on road back to the stat point, but I recommend a quick stop at an old stoned house which the owners run as a simple little cafe, with the afternoon sun on our faces, a view of the bay with a jumping dolphin and the sound of crashing Atlantic waves a “panad” and scone never tasted as good!