Located on the Dingle Peninsula in the southwest of Ireland, Cloghane Brandon is an area of outstanding beauty with many options for the visitor to enjoy our culture, amenities, mountains and beaches.
Situated in tranquil surroundings overlooking Brandon Bay, Cloghane and Brandon are tucked in at the base of Mount Brandon. Here, an exhilarating blend of mountains, sea, and beaches entice visitors to linger, often longer than planned. Described by National Geographic as “the most beautiful place on Earth,” the area offers a range of attractions, activities, and services.
Brandon Mountain, Ireland’s highest mountain outside of Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, dominates the landscape and stands at what was for many centuries the outer edge of the known world. Unlike anywhere else in the world, here, the mountains meet the sea and an exhilarating landscape compliments the tranquil surroundings. Located between Fermoyle and the Conor Pass, the villages are a mecca for fishing and walking enthusiasts and boast safe beaches, several local artists with public studios, and Bácús, an award-winning craft bakery specializing in Irish and European artisan breads. A popular bird-watching area and home to the rare red-billed chough. White-tailed sea eagles have also been known to visit. There is a wide range of waterfowl that is supported by the area’s unique reed grass beds. Dolphins are often seen in the bay, seals and otters inhabit the estuary.
Cloghane Brandon area lies 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. Neighbours helping each other cut and harvest turf, stories shared by the fireside, songs composed about local characters, local rivalry over rams. Music sessions are commonplace in the local pubs, and set dancing is enjoying a revival, as is the Irish language amongst younger people. The Crom Dubh Festival was recently revived and has proven to be very successful. The Brandon Regatta is still going strong in August, as is the tradition of the Wren on 26 December.
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