Winter hillwalking 

The highest mountain on the Dingle Peninsula, Mt Brandon, is just a 40 minute drive from us Annascaul village. We started from the Dingle side at An Baile Breac car park and hiked the 952 meter Brandon.   

Sunday 9th walk with Annascul Walks


Meeting Point; Hanafin’s bar Annascaul at 10.00

Starting and finishing point; Inch Beach. Loop walk.

Distance; 5.5 miles, 9 km.

Grade; Moderate..

Time; 3 hours 15 minutes.

Maximum elevation; Brecana, 1306 ft, 374 m.

Terrain; Steep open mountainside, wet boggy track,

Leader; John Hanafin..

Meeting at Hanafin’s bar Annascaul at 10.00 we will drive to Inch. Starting from the beach car park we will walk over the main road to the Dingle Way. We follow the Dingle Way North Eastwards till we come to a gap in the fence leading to the approach to Brecana. There are many gorse bushes at the start of the incline so gaiters and strong trousers are advised. On reaching the summit we will be able to see Annascaul Valley up to the Lake and Westwards towards Brandon and the Blaskets. The descent to Maum is steep but near the botom the ground becomes very wet and boggy so again our leaders will pick a safe path. On reaching the tarred road at Maum we will return in a South Easterly direction along the Dingle Way to Inch.

Tom Crean


Annascaul is the home of the ‘unsung hero’ of Antarctic Exploration, Tom Crean. Thomas (“Tom”) Crean also known as the “Irish Giant”, born on (20 July 1877 – 27 July 1938) was an Irish seaman and Antarctic explorer from County Kerry. He was a member of three of the four major British expeditions to Antarctica during the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, including Robert Falcon Scott’s 1911–13 Terra Nova Expedition, which saw the race to reach the South Pole lost to Roald Amundsen and ended in the deaths of Scott and his polar party. During this expedition Crean’s 35 statute miles (56 km) solo walk across the Ross Ice Shelf to save the life of Edward Evans led to him receiving the Albert Medal.