Conor Pass, Houlihans Bean and Croaghskearda Mountain Walking Route, Dingle Peninsula.
(Car parking is available at summit of Connor Pass
Time 4 hours
Start:- Car Park Connor Pass
Nearest Village:-Cloghane/ Dingle
Conor Pass, Houlihans Bean Mountain (local name) and Croaghskearda mountain loop walk is a moderate 4 hour (10km) hiking route from the Conor Pass car park (410m) to the summit of Houlihans Bean (670m) and Croaghskearda Mountain ridge at 608m, co. Kerry in the south west of Ireland and on the Wild Atlantic Way. The start of the walk is where most of the climb is and this is made easier by taking the Green Road path. From then on this mountain walk is relatively easy, as there is very little height gain to the summit of each mountain with absolutely spectacular and invigorating scenery to both the north and south of the Dingle Peninsula. The views along all of this route are breathtaking on this glaciated landscape of mountains and corrie lakes. On a good day there are views as far as the Aran Islands off County Galway and the mountains of Connemara. The Conor Pass itself is Irelands second highest open mountain pass behind the Priest Leap (on the Cork Kerry Border near Bantry) and provides the most dramatic scenery over Brandon and Tralee Bays to the north and Dingle to the south. It is a narrow twisting road between Dingle and Kilmore Cross and therefore there are length and weight restrictions, and vehicles such as caravans, camper vans and trucks cannot use the pass.