Dingle Hillwalking Club, in association with Castlegregory Community Council, is giving people a chance to discover the natural history and beauty of the Dingle Peninsula during the 2013 Castlegregory Walking Festival which will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 28 - 29.
A selection of easy, moderate and difficult walks have been arranged for each day of the festival affording walkers of varying abilities the opportunity to experience the stunning scenery of the Dingle Peninsula.
The festival was well attended last year and this year hopes are high for an even bigger turnout. Experienced members of Cumann Sléibhteoireachta Chorca Dhuibhne will act as guides during the festival, providing information on areas of historical, archaeological and environmental interest which might otherwise be overlooked.
The first 'easy' grade walk will travel through an ancient bog road and track to access isolated cliff-tops and a second walk along an old travellers trail through a mountain pass also forms part of the festival's schedule.
The 'moderate' grade walks will combine coastal cliff-top and open mountain upland and a route which follows a mountain stream climbing into the heart of the Brandon range which was the site of a number of aircraft crashes during World War II will also be visited.
The more strenuous routes in the programme include Mount Brandon via the Pilgrims' Path, high ridges and mountain lakes and a route to the highest point in the Slieve Mish Mountains via Ireland's highest promontory fort.
According to Mayor of Kerry Cllr Seamus Cosai Fitzgerald, who is an active member of Cumann Sléibhteoireachta Chorca Dhuibhne, the festival provides "a great opportunity to discover the natural history, geology and unspoilt beauty of the Dingle Peninsula".
More information on the festival, including details on how to register and practical information on what to bring and the availability of local accommodation, is now available on DingleHillWalkingClub.com. Information may also be access by contacting Castlegregory Information Office on 066-7139422. The cost of €20 per person (which will cover two walks) is mainly to cover transport to and from the walk start and finish locations.