Bray Head Loop Walk

Valentia Island lies at the western edge of Europe, and at the very edge of the island you’ll find Bray Head protruding into the Atlantic Ocean. A 6 km looped walk has been set out here, and on a particularly crisp and blustery Sunday Apache and I decided to check it out.

The watchtower at Bray Head
The watchtower at Bray Head

At the top of the hill, flanked by steep cliffs you’ll find an old watch tower. Built in 1807 this tower was built by English troops during the Napoleonic wars. It was last used during the second world war; the remains of an “Eire” marking can still be seen on the rocks below. Pro-tip: see this cool site for all of these markings around Ireland.

Rough seas at the feet of the cliffs
Rough seas at the feet of the cliffs

From the watchtower, our walk takes us to the top of the hill along its steep cliffs – not for the faint of heart! The Skelligs appear on the horizon and on the eastern side a magnificent vista over Valentia towards Caherciveen unfolds. The track takes us through the boggy slopes of the hill where it’s very wet and muddy in places – bring decent boots.

The view towards the Kerry Cliffs and Puffin Island
The view towards the Kerry Cliffs and Puffin Island
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