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Dingle West Area
Maximum height for area: 516 metres,   Summits in area: 14,   Maximum prominence for area: 461 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 70 For all tops   Highest summit: Mount Eagle, 516m
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Sybil Head Hill Ceann Sibéal A name in Irish
(Ir. Ceann Sibéal [OSI], 'head(-land) of Sybil') Kerry County, in Binnion List, Conglomerate, sandstone & siltstone Bedrock

Height: 206m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 70 Grid Reference: Q31468 06340 This summit has been logged as climbed by 37 members. Recently by: IainT, jacek22m, Pepe, fingalscave, shaunkelly, ciarraioch, markmjcampion, Harry Goodman, ahendroff, omurchu, chalky, eamonoc, wwwalker, Fergalh, Philewis
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Longitude: -10.465043, Latitude: 52.183559 , Easting: 31468, Northing: 106340 Prominence: 201m,   Isolation: 4.4km
ITM: 431442 606393,   GPS IDs, 6 char: SyblHd, 10 char: Sybil Head
Bedrock type: Conglomerate, sandstone & siltstone, (Pointagare Group)

Sybil Point and Sybil Head are said to be named after Sybil Lynch, and near Doon Point a stump of masonry is all that remains of Sybil Castle, also known as Ferriter's Castle. In fact, they were named earlier than her time but the story is worth recording. The Ferriters – originally le Furetur – were a Norman family who settled here in the 13th Century. Sybil Lynch of Galway eloped with one of the Ferriters and was pursued by her father. She hid in a cave while her father laid seige to the castle, but when the fight was over it was found that the sea had swept through the cave and washed her away (Steve MacDonogh - The Dingle Peninsula: History, Folklore, Archaeology). A full account of the story is given by Captain Crane in the Kerry Archaeological Magazine, vol. i, no. 3 (1909), 143-47.   Ceann Sibéal is the 1375th highest summit in Ireland.

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Picture: Ceann Sibeal
gerrym on Ceann Sibéal, 2009
by gerrym  12 Aug 2009
A dramatic walk along the plunging cliff tops of a headland at the far west of Ireland. This takes in the full majesty of Ceann Sibeal, including the neighbouring high points of the Three Sisters, in a 11.5 km traverse.
Start is at the carpark on the sandy shores of Smerwick Harbour just outside Ballyferriter (355058 A). This is a beautiful stretch of deserted beach, giving a peaceful frame of mind before the more challenging heights and drops to come. The Dingle Way follows the beach and on to a small road at its northern end, leave the waymarks as they turn left and continue to the small hamlet of Smerwick. A tractor was raking over brown earth as seagulls waited patiently to forage as i walked by. Smerwick passes in a flash of white and yellow houses, boats, lobster pots and watchful dogs. The tarmac eventually ends and a rough track brings the grazed hillside below the first of the Three Sisters.

Easy going brings the 153m height of Binn Diarmada (354088 B) in 2.5 miles and well below the hour. This height drops straight back to the ocean from the rocky top - views across the mouth of the harbour to Ballydavid Head and Brandon steal attention as does Mount Eagle spawning dark cloud.

A drop and rise bring the next sister An Binn Mheanach in 20 mins. A good viewpoint on the first and definitely prettier sister - although the Atlantic swell has produced cracks in her makeup. The third sister, Binn Hanrai, is reached in another 10 mins. I only briefly stood on her heather covered top as a strong offshore wind blew and raised white tops out to sea. A barely discerable track heads downhill and inland to skirt a large sweeping bay. This was scarred by big landslips with big blocks of stone lying at its foot. Rabbits scurried into thier sizeable warrens as i approached. Flowers of pink, white, purple and yellow brightened my passage.

Height builds to a number of proninences reached through heather and rock, with views down to the water below. The lookout station on Ceann Sibeal is reached in 6 miles and just over 2 hours. The rain was belting down and the wind blowing hard as a weather front announced its presence so i was glad of some shelter in the fairly intact 2 storey structure (no roof though!). The top is just above and offers a great viewpoint over the fringes of the Atlantic - from the Blasket Islands to the dramatic headlands, the golden glow of sand and low and high hills that seem to cut off routes beyond.

Drop straight off the top to a track and road at Ferriters Cove - where i was picked up having abandoned plans to walk back to the carpark where i began due to the weather. A lovely walk around the headland, very quiet and peaceful, fantastic views, not too taxing and a bit of drama with the cliffs. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1035/comment/4010/
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dbloke on Ceann Sibéal, 2009
by dbloke  23 Jun 2009
Parked the car on the grass verge at Q325 058 C and walked up the track. Depending on the 4x4ness of your vehicle, there is room to park at the end of this track. We passed through the gate and followed the tractor trail upwards. Halfway up the track ends and there is a ditch where you can easily pass under the fence. The field on the right surrounded by an electric fence had cows in it. Big cows. We hopped the barbed wire fence on the left with the sheep in it. Good choice as a bit further up we noticed through the mist an even bigger, meaner looking cow lacking in the udder department. There is a large ruined building at the top, and a plaque on the summit in memory of Michael (Mick) Christian. The cliffs here are precipitous, much more so than at Ballydavid Head. As far as we could tell in the mist. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1035/comment/3882/
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simon3 on Ceann Sibéal, 2010
by simon3  4 Jan 2010
Here's a picture of Sybil Head from the south, near Clogher Head. The Three Sisters dominate the skyline to the right. Clogher Head, incidentally, has a volcanic origin. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1035/comment/4321/
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Picture: View of Inis Tuaisceart from the tower on Ceann Sibeal
Three Sisters and Ceann Sibeal
by Mo  17 Aug 2012
Starting in Smerwick, we climbed Binn Diarmada the furthest north of the Three Sisters and then all the way over to Ceann Sibeal (Sybil Head). Pretty dramatic cliffs as already noted. It was very windy so we stayed well back form the cliffs. This meant that we had to climb a lot of fences / ditches and barbed wire which made for slow progress. Amazing that all of these headlands are in a direct line, from Ballydavid Head across the bay, through the Three sisters, Ceann Sibeal and out to the pinnacle on Inis Tuaisceart. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1035/comment/14760/
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three5four0 on Ceann Sibéal, 2009
by three5four0  18 Sep 2009
We climbed Cean Sibeal in mist, from the small beach by the holiday village. Mist level was about the holiday villages gardens! Just made it back to the car before the rain started again. Pretty straight forward route following the track up, marked on the map, though it becomes vague through the last fields before the summit, which in clear weather would not be an issue.

Whilst looking for a pub to dry out in we stumbled upon one serving it's own micro brewery produced cask ale, and quite tasty it turned out to be as well! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1035/comment/4112/
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