The Ring of Kerry

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A slightly slow start this morning, but it was nearly 1am by the time we’d walked back from the pub to the campsite. Probably cold bloodedness coming to the fore, waiting for this lovely sunshine toward us into action.

We set off again around the Kerry peninsula, and it was from here that it got much more scenic and interesting. The views down to the Skellig islands as the road winds around the steeply sloping sides of the headland we pretty special, although not so great today with much haze cutting down just what could be seen.

The road drops down I the town of Waterville, which you think would have much to offer, but it’s actually a bit soulless. It’s only claim to fame appears to have been having Charlie Chaplin as a regular visitor in the 60’s, hence the bronze statue. There was also another statue, similar to the wrestlers we’d seen elsewhere, except this was a footballer, so he had a shirt on, and a ball in his hands.

Next stop was Portmagee, but this was also dull, so we headed up the hill to the top above the cliff, the tallest in Kerry. Possibly the only in Kerry. But over 100m so not to be sniffed at. The top of the hill gave good views across both sides of the headland, again marred by the haze. But a good spot to enjoy lunch.

I was out of sorts today, probably just a bit tired, so despite the lovely weather we were happy to meander and let the van do the work. Another stop in Cahersiven for coffee, and the first cake of the trip, a shared slice of Tiffin. Aren’t we being restrained!

We finally got a decent walk along the beach at Rosbehy Point, a sandbar that sticks out into the Dingle Bay. Really enjoyed the smooth firm sand and evening sun.

And after a couple of aborted attend pat to find a stop for the night, and lovely little carpark at Cromane, looking lit across the Dingle Bay.

That’s The Ring of Kerry ticked off. Parts are very pretty, but I’d avoid times when the tour busses are in full flow, and it’s really the headland that’s impressive, not the whole loop. The mountains in the middle are dramatic, including Ireland’s tallest. We might explore a bit of that tomorrow if the roads allow us to get near, and the weather holds. Its forecast to turn tomorrow, but the last 8 days have been cracking.

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