HIKING TRAILS IRELAND, the Kerry way

A five day route on the peninsula Kerry

The Kerry-way is a well marked walking trail, about 215 kilometers, looping around the Iveragh peninsula in the south-west of Ireland. The trail offers great views on the Mac Gillycuddy’s Reeks, the highest mountains of the country. You never walk, nevertheless, above about 400 meters: the Kerry-way avoids the higher peaks.
Walking further to the west the route offers you great panorama’s of the Dingle-bay and the Dingle peninsula. In the far west you can admire the Atlantic Ocean.
The route goes through “old paths” and green roads. Especially near the villages and little towns the “old paths” are changed into “asphalt roads”. 
Ireland is , economically, booming ( ….till 2005…).With all the “symbols“, like iron fences,
second homes,  “private property”, “beware of the dog”, deviations and claiming the farmer for accidents. And so on. Nevertheless, the Kerry way is a great walk.
The maps: Ordnance Survey of Ireland , numbers 83 and 78.
Getting there: a flight to Cork, the direct bus to Killarney (1,5 hours) where we started. You also can start in Kenmare.
Accommodation: B&B’s, guesthouses. Plenty. The great B&B-system mostly arranges your place to sleep and eat for the next day. Including a warm meal.

October 2005: five stages of the Kerry-way. The distance between the places below is between 17 and 29 kilometers.

Day 1: Killarney - Black Valley
Day 2: Black Valley - Lough Acoose
Day 3: Lough Acoose - Glenbeigh
Day 4: Glenbeigh - Cahersiveen
Day 5: Cahersiveen - Waterville
And, next day, by bus from Waterville to Killarney (2 hrs). From Killarney the direct bus to Cork.

killarny lake   black valley  dingle bay

Killarny                                                                Black valley                                                         Dingle bay

On trail: Muckross House, a nineteenth century Victorian mansion wit beautiful gardens, Lough Leane, the Torc falls, the desolate Black Valley and the fantastic cross over the Maggillycuddy’s. After that the rewarding view at Lough Acoose, the Windy Cap near Glenbeigh and the view at Dingle-bay while walking the uplands near Drung Hill. And, at the end, on the peat fields, the Atlantic Ocean!
It’s almost too much in such a short time.……..

Short “dialogue” with the owner of the B&B in Black valley:
“Sir, you live in paradise!”
“Well,….in summer it’s green, in winter brown, nothing changes……….”

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