County Kerry Off The Beaten Path

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County Kerry Off The Beaten Path

  • Mount Carrantuohill

    Killarney Off The Beaten Path

    The first thing that caught my eye when I looked at a map of Ireland was the highest point in the country (of course) - Mt. Carrantuohill. This was our first planned activity in Killarney. It's about a half hour ride from city center by cab. Make sure you tell a bunch of people you are going and that you bring hiking supplies (water, food, warm...

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  • Dingle Peninsula

    Dingle Off The Beaten Path

    What a spot...a real "off the beaten path", great old castle, no fees, just enjoy. If you go to Inch Beach and you are on your way to Dingle Town, stop here for a moment. It's a great introduction to the mystery and beauty of the Dingle Peninsula. You can see the Ring of Kerry across the bay. Near by Anascaul is a great quaint village. Lovely....

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  • Dingle Peninsula

    Tralee Off The Beaten Path

    Tralee is located at the gateway of the Dingle Peninsula, so you could easily take a bus or a car down to the Kerry Gaeltacht towns of Ventry and Dingle. The scenery is beautiful - I took this photo on a school trip to Dingle. This strip of land is known as An Gaeltacht because Irish is spoken daily here. I've created a Dingle page, if you want to...

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  • The Blasket Islands

    County Kerry Off The Beaten Path

    The Blasket Islands are in the west of Dingle Island and the biggest of the islands Great Blasket was still inhabited untill 1953. Nowadays you may take a ferryboat from Dunquin in order to explore the Blasket Islands. You may still see the remains of the church and several houses there. In 1588 the Santa Maria de la Rosa, a ship of the spanish...

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  • Inch beach

    Killarney Off The Beaten Path

    This is a good one! You'll see Inch beach from your touring bus or car on the way from Killarney to Dingle, but few people actually stop to stroll the entire length of it. In summertime, you'll find many people (locals and travellers) relaxing here, but it's still something of a peaceful haven between the tourist spots all around.

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  • Beaches

    Dingle Off The Beaten Path

    Take the Atlantic drive - it is a circular road starting at the west-end of Dingle - town and taking you to plenty of great sights along the way : 1) The Slea Drive B&B with the colorfull facade with plenty of bears 2) the beehive-huts and the Dunbeg Fort 3) the Blasket islands 4) various great beaches with fantastic waves & a great panorama. 5)...

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  • The Slieve Mish mountains...

    County Kerry Off The Beaten Path

    The Slieve Mish mountains overlook Tralee Bay and provide many opportunities for hillwalking and outdoor pursuits. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Kerry is home to Ireland's highest mountains and its most westerly point. A very rare fossil (only five others have been recorded in the world) of a four-footed amphibian in pressure-cleaved slate...

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  • Dingle Peninsula

    Killarney Off The Beaten Path

    Of the five peninsulas in Western Cork and Kerry counties, Dingle peninsula is the one I enjoyed the most. In good weather it's a cycler's paradise, with plenty of archeological sites and wonderful coastal landscapes. See the travelogue for some of my favourite pictures!

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  • Conner Pass

    Dingle Off The Beaten Path

    The Connor pass route from Tralee to Dingle town is scenic. It passes the lovely beaches around Castlegregory, climbs Mt Brandon, and sweeps down to Dingle harbor. Take a walk on the path beyond the car park for an outstanding view.

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  • Inisfallen Island

    Killarney Off The Beaten Path

    If you look across the lake with Ross castle to your back you can seen Inisfalen island. Take a boat trip from the Castle to the Island. There are ruins of a 6th century monastery there. It's usually quiet, at most 50 people on the island at any given time. There are about 5 buildings to be seen there. It's also a really nice place to relax in the...

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  • Lough Leanne

    Killarney Off The Beaten Path

    People, this is the place! Try to go to Lough Leanne to see the sun setting behind the mountains - aah it's magical! But there's a specific spot and it seems not everybody knows it. Drive away from Killarney and probably a kilometer or so past the Torc Waterfall there should be a parking lot on the right.

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  • Glenbeigh beach

    Killarney Off The Beaten Path

    About 14 miles away from Killarney (via Killorglin), is Glenbeig beach. It's totally deserted and utterly clean and beautiful. Behind me and my amigo Aisling is the Dingle Peninsula. See, we do have nice days in Ireland you know :)

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  • The Ring of Kerry

    We drove around the Ring of Kerry. Wish we had had longer. Very beautiful. Especially on the coast around Sneem. Wild and windswept. But how the weather changes! Blue sky to start, rain by the end. We actually 'lost' some scenery due to the cloud. The best? The view. The forts, Lecanabualle and Cahergal - in Cahersiveen. (Turn off on the right from...

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  • Over The Water.

    Over The Water is the name given to the area across the Fertha river, in the town of Caherciveen.It is reached by turning right, as you enter the town from Killorglin direction. This will take you over the bridge, passing by the Old Barracks, a wonderful turreted building. Follow the road to a T-junction, and turn left and a short drive later, take...

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  • Motor Museum in Kilgarvan

    If you're a fan of vintage cars you could visit the family-run Motor Museum in Kilgarvan near Kenmare. What just looks like a shed in the middle of nowhere actually houses quite an impressive collection of restored motoring rarities.Admission fee is 5 Euro per person, which I personally found rather steep, but then again I'm not the car enthusiast...

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  • Gleninchaquin Park

    In the heart of the Caha Mountains, at the end of a very narrow and very windy road you will find an absolutely gorgeous waterfall tumbling down a rocky hillside.In addition to this there are a number of walks around the park, which unfortunately we did not have enough time for, but next time I'm in the area I'll definitely plan to spend some more...

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  • Cloghane: Gateway to this Wild...

    The village of Cloghane is two miles from Glen and four miles from Mullach and it's impossible to visit either place without passing through it. It's not a large village but it's position on Brandon Bay, beautiful beach and proximity to Mount Brandon, has made it very popular with hill walkers, mountaineers, anglers and visitors who just love the...

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  • Glen: Seen from the Ground

    Most of the land is mountain or bog but what could be grassed has been snatched back from the mountains and laid out as marshy often rock-strewn fields. All of them are bordered by these traditional dry-stone walls, stone piled skillfully upon stone, built by hand. The fields are used for cattle to graze on and sheep when they are brought down from...

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  • Which Brings You to Mullach Itself...

    There used to be four families living in Mullach. There was a tiny footbridge over the stream and in the house facing it, there was always smoke coming from the chimney, tea and home-made bread on the table and the best people in the world waiting to welcome you. Now it's completely deserted and it's impossible not to feel sad when you survey the...

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  • And Finally - The Lake just before...

    As you near the last bend on the road to Mullach, you pass this glorious lake. There are at least three in the area: The Harpers Lake; Pedlars Lake and the Black Lake. Harpers Lake you can't miss because it's in the shape of a harp but I'm not absolutely sure which of the lakes is in my picture. I think it's the Black Lake. It's possible to get out...

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  • Beyond Glen: The Road to Mullach

    Glen is not the end of the world. Not quite. If you hadn't turned off the bridge leading towards the farm you could have continued for another two miles and here you definitely come to a full stop. This is Mullach, where you either turn round and come back or else, leave your car and climb over the mountains to Dingle. This two miles between Glen...

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  • Glen:Brandon Peak

    The mountain directly behind my grandmother's house is called Brandon Peak. This should not be confused with Mount Brandon, the second highest mountain in Ireland which is about two miles away. Above Glen different mountain peaks soar, the highest being Drom Na Muiche and Brandon Peak. You can climb Brandon Peak from behind Lough Avoonane. The...

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  • Glen: The Lakes

    There are two lakes in this part of Glen, both very fine examples of Corrie lakes. As you can see from the photograph, at the top of the track the land dips down and in the hollow is the first of the two lakes, Lough Avoonane. As a child I used to come here often and sit a little nervously by the edge. I never ever put one foot into it though...

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  • Glen: The Track to Brandon Peak and the...

    Directly behind the house, the track to the mountain begins. This track is now part of the Kerry Way walking route and you can drive as far as the first lake in a four-wheel drive. For the people who live there this route is taken when 'going to the hill', which they do to tend their sheep. The track runs along the side of the Owenmore River which...

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  • Glen: Seen from Above

    Just to orientate us, this photo shows Glen from the top of the Connor Pass. At one side of the Connor Pass is Dingle and the other side is the Owenmore Valley , Cloghane and Brandon. Connor Pass is high on every visitor's itinerary but most people travel on through Cloghane, bypassing this splendid landscape. At the bottom of Connor Pass are signs...

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  • Glin, Co. Kerry - more than just castles

    I made a slight error in judgement to stay at a family home at Christmas time (I felt that I was intruding, despite their kindness) so I escaped on a long walk that took me along the River Shannon.At the end of this walk -- which followed a path dotted by what appeared to be castle remnants -- I was greatly rewarded this Sunday before Christmas (I...

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  • Green Fields like a Patchwork...

    The green fields of Co. Kerry especially on the Dingle Peninsula are so consistent in the many landscapes. Many resemble a "patchwork" quilt, with there pronounced hedgerow and rock fence dividers uctting sharply this was and that, but especially in squared off sections.

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  • Killowen Church and Buriel Grounds, Co....

    On Route 569 between Poulgorm Bridge (Clonkeen), and Kenmare, you will come across a ruin of an old church and it's burial grounds. Ernest John Moeran is buried there who was a composer born in 1894 and died in 1950. Co. Kerry is known for it's many poets, writers and musicians. We had a nice time, exploring this ruin which is situated on the banks...

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  • a stone-age village in Dingle Island

    Not far from Gallarus Oratory I saw this interesting stone-age village , consisting of several houses, also called clochans These buildings are quite usual in that area and they were built by heaping up stones and rocks of all sizes, forming a flat and narrow house, only the roofs are missing today, obviously they had roofs made of straw. There is...

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  • Muckross Friary

    Muckross Friary is one of the best-preserved franciscan friaries in Ireland. This beautiful friary dates back to the 15th century and was finally destroyed by Oliver Cromwell's troops in the year 1653. You may visit Muckross Friary nearby the Muckross House and the most interesting details are the church with a huge belltower, several tombs and a...

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  • Dunbeg Fort ( An Dun Beag )

    Dunbeg Fort ( An Dun Beag ) is the best-preserved of the Irish Forts dating back to the Iron-time. Dunbeg Fort ( An Dun Beag ) is about 6 km west of Dingle-town, when you drive on road R559 ( the Slea Head Drive).On my picture you may see one of the small doors leading from one of the rooms into another, the stones are just heaped upon each other,...

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  • Beehive-huts in Dingle Island

    Beehive-huts are another great attraction that you may see in Dingle Island : These buildings date back hundreds of years, but the exacte dates are unknown.When you drive on Slea Head Drive - the circle-road west of Dingle-town, you will pass by many of these buildings. They are all built on private land and so you have to pay a small entrance-fee,...

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  • Gap of Dunloe

    Gap of Dunloe is one of the best-known tourist-attractions in the area of Killarney.The Gap of Dunloe is a small valley that was formed by glaciers millions of years ago and today you see a small river and a few small lakes in a breathtaking mountain-scenery.Tourists will mostly enter the Gap of Dunloe at Kate Kearney's Cottage,where they may park...

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  • The Blasket Islands

    The Blasket Islands are in the west of Dingle Island and the biggest of the islands Great Blasket was still inhabited untill 1953. Nowadays you may take a ferryboat from Dunquin in order to explore the Blasket Islands. You may still see the remains of the church and several houses there.In 1588 the Santa Maria de la Rosa, a ship of the spanish...

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  • Skellig Michael & Little Skellig

    Skellig Michael is one of the most beautiful Islands off the Irish Coast - It was inhabited by monks in former times and you may still see the remains of several "Beehive-huts" - small houses built of stones only (without cement)..You may go there only by one-day-cruises - mostly from Waterville or other small villages in the Ring of Kerry.This...

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  • Staigue Fort

    Staigue Fort is an old fortification, a giant stone-ring of an unknown age. The whole building has a diameter of 27 meters and is more than 5 meters high. The walls are 4 meters thick, consisting of chambers and steps and all of the stones were piled up without any cement.Staigue Fort is 13km west of Sneem : When driving on the "Ring of Kerry"...

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  • Drive the " Ring of Skellig "

    Not far from the village of Waterville you may leave the well-known " Ring of Kerry " and go on driving the " Ring of Skellig " - a rather narrow road ( restricted to small cars with less than 3,5 tons ONLY )You will see some great views of the Skelligs in a distance and you will see also this small water-castle - most probably you will be the only...

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  • Minard Castle

    Minard Castle is a ruin standing on a small spit of land at the edge of Dingle Bay. Once home to a garrison of troops, it was partially blown up in the 17th century.Getting to Minard is no mean feat! The roads are narrow, even by Irish standards, and not well signposted. The small road leading to Minard branches off from the main road at either...

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  • Caha Mountains

    I guess since it's not on the Ring of Kerry many tourists miss it, but I found the scenery here every bit as stunning and the road through the mountains even more hair-raising! Take the route from Kenmare south to Glengariff.

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  • The Blasket Islands

    If you have a bit of time in Dingle you should also go on a day trip to the Blasket Islands. The island was inhabited until 1953 and the remains of the village overlook a lovely beach. The most famous inhabitants of the Blaskets were Peig Sayers and Tomas O´Crohan, who have written books about life on the island. There is a little coffee-shop in...

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  • The Freshwater Experience

    Visit the Freshwater Experience in Lispole, Dingle, with its otters and a replica of a crannog which is inhabited by a tame pot-bellied pig. When I was there it was just having its dinner and could not be bothered with its visitors. There is a nice walk from the visitor centre through a little park and along a river and a small lake.

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  • When I was a kid this place...

    When I was a kid this place was just for playing in and excercising our destructive tendencies. There wasn't a floorboard left in the place. Later on I discovered its tragic history. The Workhouse, situated at the top of Callan town in Green Street, was built in 1840 where thousands of unfortunate people sought refuge and died during the Great...

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  • Now to be honest I have NEVER...

    Now to be honest I have NEVER dived in Ireland but I know I will if I manage to get over to Tralee in the Summer months again. Unfortunately, these days my visits seem to revolve around weddings and funerals which by their very nature are usually very unpredictable events. All the same I live in hope -- -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -...

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  • The Slieve Mish mountains...

    The Slieve Mish mountains overlook Tralee Bay and provide many opportunities for hillwalking and outdoor pursuits. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Kerry is home to Ireland's highest mountains and its most westerly point. A very rare fossil (only five others have been recorded in the world) of a four-footed amphibian in pressure-cleaved slate...

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  • Now to my eternal shame I have...

    Now to my eternal shame I have NEVER climbed Carrauntuohill / Corrán Tuathail in all the years I have been going to Kerry. It is Ireland's highest mountain and as such it must be climbed because it is there, right? One day may be but until then 'mine's a pint'For you climber types check out...

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