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Bray Head (Ceann Bhreagha)

Location

Kerry Map

OS Ref: V 350 737

Last Visited: 1998


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The walk starts at Clynacartan above Foilhomurrin Bay where there is limited roadside parking.

Whilst this is now little more than a peaceful spot to sit and watch the Skellig Michael tripper boats going to and fro, in 1857 it would have been a hive of activity as this is where the first transatlantic telegraph cable was brought ashore.

The 'Signal Tower'

The 'Signal Tower'

From here a track slopes gently uphill to the old tower on Bray Head. According to local legend it was built by the English to watch the Atlantic for smugglers and to keep an eye on the locals.

I hate to be unromantic, but it is marked on the map as a Signal Tower, and is, in fact, one of a chain of towers that once stretched right round the Irish coast. Depends on your weltanschauung I suppose.

Foilhomurrin Bay

Foilhomurrin Bay

Once you get there, there are great views of the Skellig Islands, round to the Blaskets off the end of the Dingle Peninsula and back up towards Portmagee and Caherseveen, but there is not much else to do except turn round and retrace your steps.

Look out for large black crow like birds, as this area is home to the largest populations of choughs in Western Europe.