County Kerry Journals

County Kerry (Book 1)

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A travel journal to County Kerry by greenierexyboy

Gap of Dunloe Photo, County Kerry, Ireland More Photos
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Gap of Dunloe

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Attraction | "The Gap of Dunloe (part 1)"

Gap of Dunloe Photo, County Kerry, Ireland
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For those seeking solitude, there are few finer places to indulge the search than in Ireland's south west. At the risk of writing the script to 'Far And Away' all over again (not that I was the guilty party the first time, you understand) it's a peerlessly atmospheric land of wind and rain, of ancient history and unique tradition, and possesses an apparently narcotic ambience that can cause men to go on strike in protest against forced nappy-wearing in the equine population.There are countless magnificent places to escape the crowds. Places like the cliff-girt gash of the Anascaul Glen, with its loughs, waterfalls, mad legends of Cuchulainn and man-eating midges...the sombre Black Valley, ...Read More

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Gap of Dunloe

County Kerry, Ireland

Gap of Dunloe

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Attraction | "The Gap of Dunloe (part 2)"

Gap of Dunloe Photo, County Kerry, Ireland
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‘Like a train in the night, yeah…’=========================Getting around by pony and trap is about as stereotypically Irish as Dana or dancing without moving your arms, and even in this modern mechanised age it’s not that unusual in many areas. I’ve seen a fair amount of it in Wicklow, but it’s most prevalent in the south west: here, many folk have long since realised the commercial potential of languid open-air passage through nice scenery with someone/thing else doing all the work. So in season the north end of the Gap is awash with jarveys: local carriage drivers earning/supplementing their livelihoods by providing rides for tourists.A short amble up the road from the parki...Read More

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Gap of Dunloe

County Kerry, Ireland

Gap of Dunloe

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Attraction | "The Gap of Dunloe (part 3)"

Gap of Dunloe Photo, County Kerry, Ireland
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Tomies / Purple Mountain====================The buttressing outliers of Macgillycuddy's Reeks loom spikily over the west side of the Gap, but to the east lies a range of lower tops ('lower' being purely relative, as Purple Mountain would look reasonably ginormous in most other areas of Ireland) whose traverse is a middlingly strenuous (not epic, but still requiring experience and navigational know-how in the party) hillwalk. Retreating back down the road towards Killarney should locate a lane sidling off eastwards, the end of which allows the lower slopes of Tomies Mountain to be gained.The ensuing steep heathery flog up to the summit may require the gritting of teeth and the g...Read More

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Gap of Dunloe

County Kerry, Ireland

Torc Mountain, Waterfall, Kerry Way

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Attraction | "Torc Mountain and Waterfall (part 1)"

Torc Mountain, Waterfall, Kerry Way Photo, Killarney, Ireland
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Torc is a mountain you can watch live. Just mosey on over to...http://www.lakehotel.com/webcam.htm...and hopefully it'll be there, across the lake and directly over the trees.Torc Is Cheap==========='Convenience' is a word that breaks out the hardened hillwalker in hives. One is meant to embrace the challenge of the outdoors, to eschew the comfy sofa, to try to strike that unsteady balance between climber and peak, and generally make one's experience as pure as possible. But some folk might like the idea of a mountain walk 30 minutes from the airport that can be accomplished within a few hours without needing the aerobic threshold of an Olympic row...Read More

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Torc Mountain, Waterfall, Kerry Way
Killarney National Park
Killarney, County Kerry

Torc Mountain, Waterfall, Kerry Way

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Attraction | "Torc Mountain and Waterfall (part 2)"

Torc Mountain, Waterfall, Kerry Way Photo, Killarney, Ireland
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Happy Torc=========Hmmm. Anyway, after about a mile the river bends obviously away to the left (south), and soon afterwards the path up Torc is signposted on the right. This was built by a specialist party in the last few years, and rather succinctly sums up the problems of managing tourist access to wilderness areas. Torc is probably the most climbed mountain in Kerry (more so than even Carrauntoohil) and is only really easily accessible via the slope you are now eyeing up. Said slope is tough grass, dotted with outcropping rock, but is otherwise 'easy' and as such can be climbed almost anywhere. And 'anywhere' is exactly where it was getting climbed: there is no obvious natural line, so ...Read More

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Torc Mountain, Waterfall, Kerry Way
Killarney National Park
Killarney, County Kerry