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46. The Three Sisters, Sybil Head and Sybil Point walk near Ballyferriter (Baile an Fheirtéaraigh) and Ferriters Cove, Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry

 

The pictures illustrate this walk from Paddy Dillon's "Irish coastal Walks"

 

This is one of the best coastal walks we have ever done in the West of Ireland.

 

 

 - The Three Sisters Walk near Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsular, Co. Kerry, West of Ireland

You can park near the promontory fort of Dún an Óir (OS 347 070) and initially go north up the narrow road to Smerwick Village.

 

 - The Three Sisters Walk near Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsular, Co. Kerry, West of Ireland

Go through Smerwick village (Ard na Caithne) heading north-west along a track which eventually opens out overlooking Smerwick Harbour and beyond to Ballydavid Head (Ceann Bhaile Dháith) on the left distance, and the Mount Brandon and Brandon Peak mountain range (Cnoc Bréanainn and Barr an Ghearáin), often in cloud, on the right.

 

 - The Three Sisters Walk near Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsular, Co. Kerry, West of Ireland

From now on you simply follow the coastal 'edge', in our case, in a big anti-clockwise sweep of the Three Sisters, passing a small isolated sheep fold.

 

 - The Three Sisters Walk near Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsular, Co. Kerry, West of Ireland

A motorised 'traditional' boat speeds by in Smerwick Harbour.

 

 - The Three Sisters Walk near Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsular, Co. Kerry, West of Ireland

Looking south-west along the coastal hills, with two more Sisters and Sybil Head to go ...

 - The Three Sisters Walk near Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsular, Co. Kerry, West of Ireland

... and only a few sheep for company on this glorious coastal walk.

 

 - The Three Sisters Walk near Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsular, Co. Kerry, West of Ireland

Looking back north-east towards Mount Brandon, often in in cloud!

 

 - The Three Sisters Walk near Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsular, Co. Kerry, West of Ireland

Looking east across Smerwick Harbour (Cuan Ard na Caithne)

 

 - The Three Sisters Walk near Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsular, Co. Kerry, West of Ireland

Looking north-east to the 'Sisters'

 

 - The Three Sisters Walk near Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsular, Co. Kerry, West of Ireland

Spot the promontory fort just north of the end of Wine Strand Beach! Its just below dead centre of the picture above a white house!

 

 - The Three Sisters Walk near Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsular, Co. Kerry, West of Ireland

Telephoto shot of promontory fort of Dun an Oir (OS 347 070), an easily defended site, high above the sea which surrounds it on three sides and it is accessed via a narrow strip which is seen as a U dip on the far right of the picture.

 

 - The Three Sisters Walk near Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsular, Co. Kerry, West of Ireland

A coastal life-rescue boat passes by.

 

 - The Three Sisters Walk near Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsular, Co. Kerry, West of Ireland

Looking south-west to Sybil Head and Sybil Point.

 

 - The Three Sisters Walk near Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsular, Co. Kerry, West of Ireland

Looking east over Smerwick village, across Smerwick Harbour to Mount Brandon (Barr an Ghearain) on the left and Wine Strand beach on the right.

 

 - The Three Sisters Walk near Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsular, Co. Kerry, West of Ireland

The heather copes ok with the Atlantic weather, just!

 

 - The Three Sisters Walk near Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsular, Co. Kerry, West of Ireland

The Three Sisters viewed from Sybil Head.

 

 - The Three Sisters Walk near Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsular, Co. Kerry, West of Ireland

Wonderful angled rock formations tilted by great tectonic forces!

 - The Three Sisters Walk near Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsular, Co. Kerry, West of Ireland

 

 - The Three Sisters Walk near Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsular, Co. Kerry, West of Ireland

An Irish navel boat passes below Sybil Head (a fishery protection vessel I assume?)

 

 - The Three Sisters Walk near Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsular, Co. Kerry, West of Ireland

Wild flowers, like the heather, can survive the fierce Atlantic ocean weather.

 

 - The Three Sisters Walk near Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsular, Co. Kerry, West of Ireland

The remains of a fort (Túr Comhartha) cum lookout station above Sybil Point.

 

 - The Three Sisters Walk near Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsular, Co. Kerry, West of Ireland

Looking south to the beach and the few houses at Ferriters Cove on the far right and Smerwick Harbour on the left.

 

 - The Three Sisters Walk near Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsular, Co. Kerry, West of Ireland

Looking north-east from the old fort (Tur Comhartha).

 

 - The Three Sisters Walk near Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsular, Co. Kerry, West of Ireland

The Three Sisters, Brandon Mountain range, Smerwick Harbour, Wine Strand Beach.

 

 - The Three Sisters Walk near Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsular, Co. Kerry, West of Ireland

Looking south from Sybil Point to the hill of Cruah Mhάrthain (left) Clogher Head (right) and Mount Eagle (distant left of centre)

 

 - The Three Sisters Walk near Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsular, Co. Kerry, West of Ireland

A pause for photograph before returning to Ballyferriter (Baile an Fheirtearaigh).

Richard, Rebecca, Molly and Phil

 

You then drop down near Ferriter's Cove and work your way back along the minor roads to wherever you left the car!

 

 - The Three Sisters Walk near Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsular, Co. Kerry, West of Ireland

Back at the holiday cottage in Ballyferriter (see page 39 for more details on Ballyferriter village), sunset over Sybil Point.

 


A walk from Ballyferriter Village to Ferriter's Cove

 

The road down to Ferriter's Cove

 

 

 

The beach at Ferriters Cove

 

 

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