A short way down the hill from Molls Gap is a larger parking spot where you'll find Ladies View. A vantage point so named when Queen Victoria brought her ladies-in-waiting here during her reign in 1861. The view across the lakes and bogs is magnificent and it is now wonder that the Queen enjoyed it so much.
Again a little further down the hill is a ruined house with a nice tower that looks as if it has been burned out. After researching the 'net it would seem that the building is a former RIC barracks named Mulgrave and was burnt out after the Revolution in 1917 to prevent further use by armed forces. There is a small waterfall sending a stream pouring and pounding under the bridge.
Molls Gap is the top of the pass, just where the road rejoins the N71 down to Killarney. Great views back across the Reeks we had just climbed with the car. The sun tried (very weakly) to peep through the drizzle and gave us the view to with a lovely rainbow. The gap is named after Moll Kissane who ran a pub here at the top of the pass in the 1800's.
The Gap of Dunloe.
Coming in to Killarney from the Ring of Kerry, just before Killorglin I could have carried straight on but the "Off the beaten path" in me said no, go over the pass. Full of switchbacks, most of the time no wider than single track, the road wound up and up through the mist and drizzle. Cutting a path through the mountains of the splendidly name Macgillycuddy's Reeks with overviews on the small lakes and waterfalls tumbling down the hillsides in every direction, it was an exhilarating drive, one to be recommended. It needs to be taken carefully though, as jaunty carts and other vehicles make their way in the other direction.
It is a series of hairpin bends in the Caha mountains in the Beara peninsula. Very scenic view, but man, is it scary to drive at night, as there are sheep wandering around the roads, no road lights or illumination of any kind. The Beara peninsula forms the border between the counties of Cork and Kerry.Related to:
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After we passed Caherdaniel on the Ring of Kerry, we spotted the signs for Staigue Fort so we made a detour and drove along the rather narrow road to get to the fort. We were there along with a handful of other people, at the entrance there is a gate and a box to put in the entrance fee, apparently a trespass fee for the private land you must cross to get there. Wonder how much they actually collect?
The signs near the fort say it was probably built in the early centuries AD before Christianity came to Ireland, thought to be the home of a very wealthy landowner or chieftain who needed a high level of security. The fort was built in a circular shape around 75 feet in diameter, the walls are thick, around 13 feet thick at the base, and tall at about 20 feet. It's extremely well preserved and you can, at your own peril, walk along the top of the fort walls. While no structures exist inside the fort today, it is believed that it was full of houses and tents for the chieftain's family, guards and servants.
Located about 7km east of Caherdaniel, watch for the signs along N70
Killarney National Park
We found a very nice man renting horses for day trips along side of the road. We had been told by a jervy cart man that it was too late in the season for riding horses. I'm glad we didn't listen to him.Related to:
- Horse Riding
- Hiking and Walking
- National/State Park
Walk through the national park
The Old Kenmare road is a walk from Torc car park to near Ladies view. It takes about 6 hours to walk there and back from the town. Some of the best views of the surrounding landscape are to be seen on this walk which can incorporate, Torc, Ladies view, Derrycunihy, Dinis, Muckross house and Abbey. Some of the walk gets rough so hiking boots are worth wearing!
This cascade can be seen on the Tomies wood walk. It is so peaceful there. One of my favourite things about it is that it is so tranquil. It is difficult to get to which means that most people will not bother trying!Related to:
- Adventure Travel
Get those climbing boots on!
After walking past Dinis you will arrive at a car park on the main road. Cross the road and get climbing up that mountain. Follow the path along the stream. On a clear day you'll witness some breath-taking views. The picture below shows Torc from the lake shore.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
Track the trails!
Be bold enough to wander off the main roads and hike along the trails, and you might get into traffic jams such as these. Not such a baaaaaahh'd thing because - as you can see - there's no rush anyway ;-)
If you're walking along the...
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