Located approximately 4 miles from Hillside Cottage lies Brandon Mountain, named after Saint Brendan. Mt. Brandon is set within the central mountain range of the Dingle Peninsula and reaches a height of 952m or 3,133 ft.
It is the highest Irish peak outside the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks and is a truly challenging yet enjoyable climb. Mt. Brandon owes its craggy shape to the work of glaciers during the ice age and to get to its base you must first walk through a glacial valley with paternoster lakes which is a breathtaking walk in itself.
Loch a’Dúin (The Lake of the Fort)
The Loch a’Dúin valley near Cloghane contains the most remarkable series of monuments from the Bronze Age and is one of the most significant ancient sites in the country. In this valley of 1,500 acres, there are 90 stone structures dating from 2500 BC to the present day. Running like a web throughout the landscape are several miles of stone wall, hidden by peat which has accumulated over the past 3,000 years.
The valley is also of interest to bird watchers, botanists, and geologists. Guided and self-guided walks can be taken through this area.
The Brandon/Cloghane area has an abundance of sandy beaches and quite possibly some of the most beautiful and unspoilt in the country.
Whether you are looking for long sandy beaches to stroll on at Fermoyle and Cappagh, or small secluded beaches to relax and unwind on at Trá Bhán, or beaches with the perfect surf at Fermoyle or beaches safe for swimming at Brandon, Ballyguin and Cappagh, you can find all within 15 minutes of Hillside Cottage.
Hillside Cottage actually overlooks one of the longest beaches in Ireland across the Bay from it at Fermoyle Strand, which runs for circa 14 kilometres unbroken from Cloghane to the Mahareers.
The Conor Pass
The area boasts the highest mountain pass in Ireland which runs from Kilmore Cross on the northern side of the Peninsula to Dingle on the southern side.
The Conor Pass provides the most scenic and dramatic way of entering and leaving Dingle. Here you will travel on a narrow, twisting road weaving its way around the sharp cliff faces. The views from the road are breathtaking, as the glaciated landscape of mountains and corrie lakes come into view.
An Tinteán Ceoil
The Tinteán Ceoil is a replica of the traditional old Irish Cottage kitchen from bygone days continuing on the old tradition of “bothántaíocht” when neighbours and friends would gather together for an evening of
storytelling and song to pass the night.
Each Monday night at the Tinteán Ceoil you can join in or simply enjoy the singing and storytelling and get to experience first-hand what life was like in a typical kitchen in rural Ireland long ago.