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Dingle West Area , N: Ballyferriter Subarea
Feature count in area: 13, all in Kerry, OSI/LPS Maps: 70, EW-DW
Highest Place: Mount Eagle 516m

Starting Places (27) in area Dingle West:
Ballinloghig, Ballybrack Mid, Ballydavid, Ballyferriter, Ballyoughteragh Cross, Béal Bán Carpark, Blasket Centre, Brandon Pilgrimage Trail, Cat Dubh Hostel, Coosavuddig Quay Brandon Creek, Coumeenoole Bay, Dooneen Pier, Dún Chaoin E, Eask Tower Path, Feoghanagh River, Foilatallav, Inis na Bró, Inis Tuaisceart, Kildurrihy, Kilmalkedar Cemetary, Maumanorig, Mount Eagle Lough, Old Town, Slea Head Carpark, Smerwick, Strand St Dingle, Tiduff

Summits & other features in area Dingle West:
Cen: Dunquin: Croaghmarhin 403m, Mount Eagle 516m
E: Dingle: Carhoo Hill 184m
N: Ballydavid: Beenmore 239m, Ballydavid Head 251.4m, Reenconnell 274m
N: Ballyferriter: Sybil Head 206m, Lateeve 318m
W: Blaskets: Croaghmore (Great Blasket Island) 292m, Tearaght Island 200m, Inishvickillane 135m, Inishnabro 175m, Inishtooskert (2) 172m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Sybil Head, 206m Hill Ceann Sibéal A name in Irish,
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(Ir. Ceann Sibéal [OSI], 'head(-land) of Sybil'), Binn na Tine, Kerry County in Munster province, in Binnion Lists, Ceann Sibéal is the 1389th highest place in Ireland.
Grid Reference Q31468 06340, OS 1:50k mapsheet 70
Place visited by: 56 members, recently by: garrettd, chelman7, DeirdreM, Oscar-mckinney, Jai-mckinney, Carolyn105, maitiuocoimin, nickywood, mh400nt, JohnAshton, gerrym, marcel, justynagru, pn_runner, peter1
I visited this place: NO (You need to be a logged-in member for this.)
Longitude: -10.465043, Latitude: 52.183559, Easting: 31468, Northing: 106340, Prominence: 201m,  Isolation: 4.4km
ITM: 431442 606393
Bedrock type: Conglomerate, sandstone & siltstone, (Pointagare Group)
Notes on name: 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.
  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: SyblHd, 10 char: Sybil Head

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gerrym on Sybil Head
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 ( B Bán (Q355 058)). 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 (A (Q354 088)) 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. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/1035/comment/4010/
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dbloke on Sybil Head
by dbloke 23 Jun 2009
Parked the car on the grass verge at B (Q325 058) 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. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/1035/comment/3882/
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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. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/1035/comment/14760/
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The lookout tower on Ceann Sibeal.
by hivisibility 1 Nov 2016
Here's a picture of the lookout tower on Ceann Sibeal. Taken from the approach from the 3 sisters side. Care needs to be taken on this section as the exposure is significant in parts. Keep this walk for good visibility. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/1035/comment/18691/
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Picture: The 3 sisters from Ceann Sibeal.
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by hivisibility 1 Nov 2016
A view of the 3 sisters, Ballydavid Head and the Brandin Massif from the ascent up Ceann Sibeal. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/1035/comment/18693/
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