Our last day hiking! It was suppose to be 13 miles, but…there was a boat ride, that would cut off about 7 miles, and it was a lovely ride!
Today we walked to Black Valley. It was one of the most beautiful walks I’ve been on. It was all narrow road walking. Surrounded by mountains, and waterfalls everywhere.
Unfortunately photos don’t do the area justice. But the beauty is astounding and our B&B is in the middle of it all. Tomorrow is our last day walking. The time has flown, so we will enjoy the last few days, and fly home Monday.
The Kerry Way
I’m a few days behind on the blog. So I’m just going to combine the last few days. Hiking like this, and being a little older, by the time we’re done for the day, we’re exhausted! It’s been absolutely beautiful, and an experience of a lifetime. I must admit though, at times I’ve overestimated my abilities. So, instead of saying I hiked The Kerry Way, it will be, I hiked SOME of the Kerry Way. With over 70 miles on our feet, I’m not feeling any shame.
Waterville to Cahersiveen
This was an over 12 mile day with over 1,000 foot climbs, and they were steep climbs. The wind and rains were wicked and we crossed bare mountain ridges. At times the wind was so strong, the rain stung our faces. It was one of those “whose idea was this days” The scenery was gorgeous though.
Cahersiveen to Glenbeigh
We shortened this day and hiked about 7 miles, instead of the 13. Mark can hike forever, unfortunately for him, I have my limitations. It was a lovely day with some sun and a walk by Dingle Bay.
Glenbeigh to Glencare
We walked the whole route to Glencare and it was a great hike with some altitude climbing.
Only a couple of more walking days left!
Caherdaniel to Waterville
This morning we woke up to rain. Completely expected, and we are prepared for walking in rain. Waterproofed top to bottom. All ready to head out, and then the gale force wind started. We are walking for pleasure, scenery and experiencing another culture. Looking out at where we were to walk, and having the clouds completely blocking any views we may have, we decided to hunker in, and ride it out. Things finally calmed down at 3ish. Too late, so we explored the small village and dined on the sea. We also walked 5 miles to do laundry, so we did get some walking in. It was disappointing, but its not worth getting blown away.
Tomorrow we walk from Waterville to Cahersiveen. Maybe a little rain, but they aren’t expecting the winds we had today. We are ready to get back on the walk. Should be about a 15 mile day.
Sneem to Caherdaniel
Today’s hike was beyond gorgeous. We walked along mountains, and after each pass the views of valleys just opened up. Some of the hike was boggy and we walked on one lane roads, grass paths, rock paths, and among the farm animals.
Through out the day the clouds covered the higher peaks. I’ve always been intimidated by long uphills, but they seem to be getting easier? We are about 36 miles into about 120 miles.
Tomorrow we walk from Caherdaniel to Waterville. They are predicting rain. But we’re ready, waterproofed head to toe.
Kenmare to Sneem
A much easier day today. Only 10 miles! And relatively flat. We hiked along the Kenmare Bay.
Yesterday was warm and sunny. Almost too warm for strenuous hiking. Today, it was cloudy all day, and a little drizzle. Warm enough for a T-shirt though. The humidity is around 97%. I guess you just feel a little damp your whole life. Now for some rest and relaxation.
Killarney to Kenmare
Yesterday was a hard day for our first day hiking. The blame can be placed directly on me. The company we are going through has an app with all the daily routes and GPS, easy right. Well, my mistakes led to over 16 miles as opposed to the 12 we were to hike. It was mountainous and lots of steep ups and downs. We were exhausted last night, But the scenery was breathtaking.
I keep forgetting to take a picture of our accommodations. I’ll do better. They have all been B&B’s and wonderful. Sadly we were too tired to explore Kenmare yesterday. Next, Kenmare to Sneem.
DUBLIN AND KILLARNEY
Traveling couldn’t have gone smoother. A direct flight from Chicago to Dublin, and the plane was only a quarter full. Then a bus to the city center. We arrived at our hotel at 7:00am and they let us in our room!! Great to use it as we explored Dublin, especially for occasional naps.
Yours truly with Molly Malone “in Dublin’s fair city
We met with the company Ireland Walk Hike Bike, and have our GPS set. Tomorrow we hike to Kenmare. It is a little over 12 miles. The weather has been lovely. Upper 60’s and sunny, but I’m sure we will be using our waterproof gear at some point. Anxious to get started!!!
We fly out a week from today, and there have been no cancellations. As a matter of fact, Ireland is well above 80% vaccinated and they are going to lift restrictions in October. We are testing for covid Saturday, and have our vaccine cards ready to go.
We are prepared for rain and it looks like that was a good idea. Rainproofed from top to bottom. Irelands rainy season is in the spring. But it’s Ireland, so rain is really expected anytime. At least it isn’t cold for hiking.
We should be walking about 120 miles total over about 9 days. Along the coastline for much of it.
I did find these leather waterproof boots, made in Oregon, and they feel already broken in. I’ve put a few miles on them and they should be fine. Now that is feels like its is really going to happen, I’m getting excited.
November 2019, making plans for 2020, what kind of trip should we take? We really enjoyed walking the camino, perhaps a walking vacation, hiking? Googling for a couple of days, this wonderful site
appeared. The company offers so many options, and after pouring over the offerings, we decided to walk The Kerry Way. Alone, with just our GPS and stopping overnight at B&B’s. All the plans were set, for June 2020. Then, covid hit….. The airline and the hiking company, gave us vouchers that expired on… October 1, 2021. So here were are, prepared to go or not go, and leaving in two weeks. Concerned? of course. For so many reasons, but we’re laying low and are vaccinated, and just waiting to see what happens next.