Starting from amazingly scenic carpark at Slea Head ( CumNool (V318 975)
) with views to the Blaskets. A short walk on the road brings a green stile to go off road on the Dingle Way - away from the hordes of stop snap and go tourists, and the sheep size hares crazily crossing the road!
Climb steeply above the road clinging to the cliff face below, either by following the track or going up more directly. Another stile brings around the headland and more and more hills across Dingle Bay, including the well defined jaged tops of the Reeks. Follow the stone wall as it contours around the waist of Eagle, cutting a good track through a sea of gorse. Foxgloves parading colourfully among the greenery. A number of beehive shaped Clochain dot the hillside below. Sheep and horses graze the marginal land and perhaps explain the charges to visit the Clochain.
Climb to reach a stream falling steeply to the ford on the road below (A (V335 974)
) - a cracking place to stop for lunch, with swallows darting about over the pools of water. Continue with Dingle town in the distance and surf pounding the steep line of cliffs across Dingle Bay. The track is great following the wall and with plenty of markers. Another stile brings a lane hemmed in by heights of fushia and houses with stupendous views. This brings the main coast road which isn't great walking. Follow until B (V363 992)
where turn left onto minor road and then head for the track accessing the communications mast. This also brings Eagle Lough nestled beautifully in the big eastern corrie. A flock of seagulls were using the lough as a base for sorties and they let everyone (well me) know! A strong wind blowing down off the mountain chopped up the water.
A clear path zig zags up above the corrie and picks up a track heading for the top, with good views down into corrie lough. The mist that had been spilling over the corrie rim enveloped me and brought out compass to reach the trig point. Views great i am sure!! A discernable track heads SW down and then up to Binn an Choma (424). Drop by wall passing stone shelters as ridge narrows and then drop off hillside to N, meeting up with track which brings back to carpark. vViews opened up again below cloud to spectacular beach and sharply profiled islands of Blaskets good company on the drop.
A walk of around 10 miles and 4 hours covering most of waht the hill has to offer. Very quiet throughout, except for time on road. Fantastic views from all levels. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/419/comment/4534/