1. Siúloid a’tSáis / Sauce Creek Walking Trail
Start/Finish: Brandon Village
Time: 3-4 Hours
Max Height: 401 m.
Classification; Grade 2.
Take a walk to the edge of the world and visit Sás Creek, a most dramatic coastal feature, Sás Creek is a large U-shaped inlet with high, steep slopes. The Irish word “sás” translated means ‘a trap’ using a noose, referring to how much flotsam and jetsam is washed into the narrow cove. This is a grade two walk over public road, bogland and also uses a well surfaced bog road.
The cliffs at ‘An Sás’ are dangerous, do not cross the wire fencing along the edge of this coast line as there is a great deal of land subsidence and it is highly dangerous. Please do not attempt to descend into the creek as it is dangerous, especially in wet weather. Do not bring dogs on this route, even on a lead.
There was a population living in Sás Creek during the early 19th century and one of the families remained into the early years of this century. Remnants of the old village at Araglen remain, where up to thirteen families lived at one time. Here they grew wheat and rye and kept livestock and cultivation ridges are still visible beneath the heather. There is part of one green field remaining from the settlement. The other green fields in this area are completely eroded.
Watch out for the large number of Choughs which can be seen in Sás. Choughs are members of the crow family that can be recognised by their distinctive red beaks and legs. The Dingle Peninsula has the greatest number of these birds in Western Europe.
For the best directions on this route please pick up the ‘Cloghane & Brandon Walking Guide’ from ‘Siopa an Phobail’ or ‘Halla le Cheile’.
Local Information: Brandon point is also known as ‘Srón Broin’ – The Nose of Bran. Brandon the Navigator and his crew spent several years sailing the seas before landing at Brandon Point. Legend has it that one of his followeres set foot on land and turned to dust. The tale tells of Bran lying along the coast off Brandon Point to protect all those living in the area. The point is said to be his nose, while ‘Más na Tiompán’ refers to the hip joint. The lookout station near Brandon Point dates back to WWII, when it was manned to keep watch for foreign boats in Irish neutral waters.
Cnoc Dúiléibhe is a hill west of Brandon Point. It is named after the Bean Sí ‘Dora Dúiléibhe’ who lived in the hills. She could be heard crying when there was a death or impending death in Brandon.