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46. The Three Sisters, Sybil Head and Sybil Point walk near Ballyferriter (Baile an Fheirtéaraigh) and a walk to Ferriters Cove from Ballyferriter, 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.

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The Three Sisters viewed from across the Bay of Smerwick Harbour walk from Ballyferriter

The Three Sisters viewed from across the Bay of Smerwick Harbour

 

 - 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.

Clouds over Mount Brandon in the background.

 

 - 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!

 

Promontory iron age fort of Dun an Oir (OS 347 070), jutting out into Smerwick Harbour, Dingle Peninsula, Co, Kerry, Ireland

Telephoto shot of promontory iron age fort of Dun an Oir (OS 347 070), jutting out into Smerwick Harbour, 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 rescue RNLI lifeboat passes by.

 

Looking south-west to Sybil Head and Sybil Point. 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!

 

View of the Three Sisters seen from Sybil Head. The Three Sisters Walk near Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsular, Co. Kerry, West of Ireland

View of the Three Sisters seen 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 as we head for Sybil Head!

 - 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, including heather, can survive the fierce Atlantic ocean weather.

 

Ruins remains of a fort (Túr Comhartha) cum lookout station (from WWW I/II ?) above Sybil Point with the Blasket Islands out at sea. The Three Sisters Walk near Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsular, Co. Kerry, West of Ireland

The remains of a fort (Túr Comhartha) cum lookout station (from WWW I/II ?) above Sybil Point with the Blasket Islands out at sea.

 

Looking south to the beach and the few houses at Ferriters Cove and the bay of Smerwick Harbour 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 the bay of 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) on Sybil Head.

 

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

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

 

Looking south from Sybil Point to hill of Cruah Mhάrthain and Clogher Head and Mount Eagle 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!

 

sunset over Sybil Point Sybil Head 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.

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A walk from Ballyferriter Village to Ferriter's Cove

 

The road down to Ferriter's Cove

 

 

 

The beach at Ferriters Cove

The cove was named after the Ferriter family name, which derives from the Norman French le Fereter. Walter le Fereter, the ancestor of many later Ferriters, is the first person known in the area with the name and probably arrived following other Normans from Dublin. He was mentioned twice in a plea roll of 1252. The parish of Dunurlin is also recorded as being in the Ferriter's possession, and the name also exists in the nearby village of Baile 'n Fheirtéaraigh (Ballyferriter).

 

Lots of gulls and wader birds on the sands of the beach of Ferriters Cove.

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