Cloghane

An Clochán or Cloghane is a village on the north coastline of the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry. It’s 40 km west of Tralee and in 2011 it had a population of 297.

Together with Bréanainn or Brandon it was once a major fishing harbour for mackerel. It has harbours and beaches but the main reason to visit is the mountain range rising abruptly behind, penetrated by scenic glaciated valleys. This area is part of the Gaeltacht so only the Irish versions of placenames are official.

Castlegregory or Caisleán Ghriaire 15 km east is on the sandy Magharee Peninsula and is the main local base for water activities.

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Map of Cloghane

For inter-city routes travel via Tralee, which has buses and trains from Dublin, Limerick and elsewhere. Onward public transport is sparse: enquire of your accommodation when booking, they may offer a pick-up, especially if someone has an errand in Tralee that day.

Bus Éireann 273 from Tralee only runs on Friday, twice, via Blennerville, Camp and Castlegregory, taking just under an hour to 52.236-10.1821 Cloghane. It doesn’t reach Brandon.

Bus 275 from Tralee runs via Camp to Annascaul and Dingle, so it brings you within a 5 km hike of Castlegregory, but leaves you well short of Cloghane.

By road from Dublin follow M7 / M20 past Limerick then N21 via Adare and Castleisland to Tralee, then N86 onto the north shore of the Dingle peninsula. Branch off at Camp onto R560, and follow it to Castlegregory, Cloghane and Brandon. This is also a scenic alternative route to Dingle over Conor Pass, for light vehicles and hardy cyclists only.

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