Brandon

Jan 19, 2017

For most people, a foray into the Dingle Peninsula means a visit to the town after which the promontory is named, for a taste of its delicous gin, a taste of its delicious ice-cream, or even a taste of its delicious gin flavoured ice-cream.

But there’s one place on north of the headland, which keeps bringing me back.

If you head north over the Conor Pass – enjoying some awe-inspiring panoramas along the way – you’ll soon come to Brandon, a small fishing village, which sits nestled in the shadow of Mount Brandon (952m), and looks north across Brandon Bay, in an area of outstanding, natural beauty.

Brandon regularly attracts holiday-makers, walkers, artists, musicians, anglers and the odd campervan enthusiast, to enjoy its outstanding charm and unique atmosphere.

No trip to Brandon would be complete without a visit to my favourite pub along the Wild Atlantic Way, and one which regularly appears on Top 10 lists of Best Irish Pubs – Nora Murphy’s.

For most people, a foray into the Dingle Peninsula means a visit to the town after which the promontory is named, for a taste of its delicous gin, a taste of its delicious ice-cream, or even a taste of its delicious gin flavoured ice-cream.

But there’s one place on north of the headland, which keeps bringing me back.

If you head north over the Conor Pass – enjoying some awe-inspiring panoramas along the way – you’ll soon come to Brandon, a small fishing village, which sits nestled in the shadow of Mount Brandon (952m), and looks north across Brandon Bay, in an area of outstanding, natural beauty.

Brandon regularly attracts holiday-makers, walkers, artists, musicians, anglers and the odd campervan enthusiast, to enjoy its outstanding charm and unique atmosphere.

No trip to Brandon would be complete without a visit to my favourite pub along the Wild Atlantic Way, and one which regularly appears on Top 10 lists of Best Irish Pubs – Nora Murphy’s.

A delightful, 5th generation family-run establishment located on the pier, Murphy’s offers an exceptional welcome within, and breath-taking views across the bay without. Both of which can be enjoyed over a leisurely pint of the Black Stuff and a nourishing crab sandwich.

In spite of being slightly off the beaten track, the evening music sessions pull a crowd, and if you’re in no rush (or maybe have your camper-van parked outside) stick around to enjoy the craic agus ceol and you’ll soon discover what keeps bringing the visitors back year after year.

A characterful, 5th generation family-run establishment located on the pier, Murphy’s offers an exceptional welcome within, and breath-taking views across the bay without. Both of which can be enjoyed over a leisurely pint of the Black Stuff and a nourishing crab sangwich.

In spite of being slightly off the beaten track, the evening music sessions pull a crowd, and if you’re in no rush (or maybe have your camper-van parked outside) stick around to enjoy the song and dance and chat and I guarantee, before long, you’ll be seduced by Brandon’s aura and never want to leave.

Brandon

Brandon, Co. Kerry

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