Cosan Na Naomh, Mount Brandon on the Dingle Peninsula in Kerry

An article by Pól Ó Conghaile from the

Dingle Way and Ireland’s second-highest mountain are just two inclusions on the ‘Epic Hikes of Europe’ list

“If you can’t see the top of Mount Brandon, it’s already raining up there. If you can see it, then it’s going to rain soon.”

So a Lonely Planet author was told by a barman at An Bóthar Pub on the Dingle Peninsula. He went on to summit the peak and finish out the 180km Dingle Way anyway – a seven- to ten-day walking route that now finds itself listed among the publisher’s ‘Epic Hikes of Europe’.

Lonely Planet’s latest book is a collection showcasing 200 of the “best walking adventures” on the continent, from Andalucía to the Arctic Circle.

“Europe is a veritable hiker’s adventure playground,” it says, introducing a round-up that ranges from Slovenia’s Karst region to the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in Wales.

The Dingle Way is one of 50 hikes given an in-depth, first-person narrative treatment, with the author describing a multi-day round-trip from Tralee to Annascaul’s South Pole Inn (and the obligatory homage to Tom Crean), Ventry Bay, Mount Brandon and back.