MacGillycuddy’s Reeks & Corrán Tuathail

MacGillycuddy’s Reeks & Corrán Tuathail

MacGillycuddy’s Reeks & Corrán Tuathail

A day in the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks you will experience the best climbing in Ireland, you can also climb Ireland’s highest Mountain “Corrán Tuathail”. There are many options and routes you can use but it is best to travel with someone who has experience or use one of many available guides.

Pat Falvey who has been on the top of Everest twice and now lives in Kerry

Con Moriarty “the Mountain Man” Kerry’s greatest when it comes to climbing Mountains has travelled all over the World but was born and bred in the MacGillycuddys Reeks has all the Folklore and History associated with Kerry.

Piaras Kelly of KerryClimbing is listed as #1 Outdoor activity in Killarney on Trip Advisor

At Cronin’s Yard, you can also book a Guide in advance to take you to the top of Corrán Tuathail.

Accommodation in Kerry we recommend the Lake Hotel Killarney overlooking the Mountains in Killarney, Lakeside Bistro, Outdoor Hot Tub, 12th-century Floodlit Castle and is Family run.

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Skellig Michael World UNESCO Site

Skellig Michael World UNESCO Site

Skellig Michael is a World UNESCO Heritage Site

June 2014

I and My partner visited the UNESCO site of the coast of Kerry known as “Skellig Michael” we were staying in the Lake Hotel in Killarney and it was recommended to us by a staff member.  So we got up around 7.30am got our cameras and gear ready had a stroll to the Castle on the grounds before a big breakfast and collected our packed lunch for later. We travelled by Killorglin, Glenbeigh, Cahersiveen and on the Portmagee where we met our Captain Mr Joe Roddy seemingly a local legend. Joe took us safely to Skellig on a journey that took roughly 40 minutes, as it happens Joe was a famous Surfer, Ireland’s first Surfer and also represented Ireland in the Spearfishing Olympics in Cuba.

After landing at Blind man’s Cove on Skellig Michael, we followed the path to a turn near the Light House, here we got a safety briefing on the dangers on the Rock. It’s a strenuous climb up the rock with over 800 steps.  Basically, you are out in the Atlantic Ocean and the views are magnificent, you can see little Skellig and the Mainland. There were Dolphins passing and Puffins everywhere along with many other Sea Birds. This is a magnificent place but the best was to come, we reached the top wow, Ancient Monastic beehive Huts, Old burial grounds, Crosses and old pathways. This is, without doubt, the most spiritual place I have ever been, it’s just amazing, I have taken so many photos.

Safety Notice

Visiting Skellig Michael

The seas can be rough and the weather unpredictable. Visitors should wear warm clothing and carry waterproofs. Visitors should also wear appropriate footwear for the climb as the steps can be slippery, particularly in wet weather. There are no toilets on the island and travellers should be aware that the trip in its entirety can last up to 4 and a half hours. Visitors are advised to bring food and drink with them. Visitors are asked not to leave any trace of their visit on the island and to bring back any litter to the mainland where it should be disposed of responsibly.

Visiting the Hermitage on the South Peak is discourages as those without climbing experience could get into difficulties.

Skellig Michael Ireland

Skellig Michael Ireland

Health and Safety

Skellig Michael is a precipitous rock and there are over 600 steps on the ascent to the monastery. Any person with health issues should consider carefully before visiting the site. Visitors are requested to give serious consideration before deciding to bring small children to the island. If young children are brought they should be under strict supervision at all times. For safety reasons, and to minimise disturbance and damage to seabirds breeding habitats, visitors must remain on recognised visitor routes while on the island. In order to protect the wildlife, dogs are prohibited from the island. Visitors should comply with all Safety notices on the Island.

Skellig Michael Kerry

Skellig Michael Kerry

As you can see you have to have a reasonable head for heights for Skellig Michael, it is a magnificent experience for those who get to see it.

Puffin on Skelligs Ireland

Puffin on Skelligs Ireland

Puffins can be seen on Skelligs from April to the very start of August each year.

Skellig Michael World UNESCO site

Skellig Michael World UNESCO site

Little Skelligs Kerry

Little Skellig Kerry

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Stone Circles in Kerry

Stone Circles in Kerry

Stone Circles in Kerry

One of the most spectacular Stone Circles in Kerry is in Uragh close to Lough Inchiquin just off the road to Gleninchaquin with its amazing walks and Waterfalls.

Uragh Inchiquin Stone Circle Kerry

Uragh Inchiquin Stone Circle Kerry

This Stone circle is situated between two lakes Inchiquin and Cloonee, the main stone is over 3 meters high, this is a very spiritual place and a photographers dream. I was on a flying visit but would lile to see a Sunrise or Sunset here, the road in is fairly narrow and there is a charge of €2 per adult by the landowner which is fair enough. There is plenty of parking just remember to close the gate after you, there is also an old Famine cottage here.

Stone Circle sign

Stone Circle sign

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Honeymoon in Ireland

Honeymoon in Ireland

Honeymoon in Ireland

What as Great Place to spend your Honeymoon in Ireland, stay by the Killarney Lakes, great romantic walks, a romantic setting friendly locals and the best scenery in Ireland and having your Honeymoon in Kerry.

On your Honeymoon in Ireland here are 10 great things to do in Kerry on your Honeymoon

  1. Nothing. Just relax enjoy your Honeymoon in Ireland you could try the Outdoor Hot Tub at the Lake Hotel in Killarney.
  2. Romantic walk to Muckross Abbey, Muckross House and Gardens.
  3. Drive to Slea Head picnic at Coumenole beach and walk to Dunmore head Ogham Stone and possible views of Dolphins and Whales.
  4. Drive to Glengarriff and visit Garnish Island by boat to see the Italian Gardens.
  5. Take an Adventurous Boat trip To Skellig Michael.
  6. Take the Gap of Dunloe all-in Tour.
  7. Relax around the Grounds of the Lake Hotel, maybe a Massage in the Treatments room.
  8. Today is the day, its Horse Riding, or a Surfing Lesson in Inch.
  9. When you thought it couldn’t get any tougher it’s Ireland’s Highest Mountain (Guided).
  10. Tonight is Candlelit dinner overlooking the Lakes of Killarney and remembering all the magnificent experiences you had in The Kingdom of Kerry and the Lake Hotel.
Pub Food killarney

Honeymoon in Ireland

Dining in the most magnificent settings, Castles, Lakes, Mountains and welcoming locals will make your Honeymoon in Ireland something special.

Honeymoon in Ireland.

Honeymoon in Ireland

Spending time in the most beautiful places in Ireland making your Honeymoon in Ireland something special with memories that will last forever.

The Lake Hotel Restaurant

The Lake Hotel Restaurant

Check out some of our honeymoon Special offers in Killarney

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Red Deer in the Killarney National Park

Red Deer in the Killarney National Park

Red Deer in the Killarney National Park

Take a trip into the Killarney National park to see our Native Red Deer herds.

You can see Red Deer in Killarney all year round but for us the best times are in the late Spring for calving and most spectacular in the Autumn for the Annual “Deer Rut”. The best time to observe the Deer Rut is generally the second week in October each year. If you are patient or lucky you will be able to see great battles between rival Stags and guaranteed to hear the ghost like sounds around the Lakes of Killarney and the National park.

One of the best ways to get around is by foot for the Mountain Woods, or by Cycling in the low lands of the National park. One of the easiest places is to visit Knochreer estate opposite Saint Mary’s Cathedral at the bottom of New street. Here there is parking of if you are walking its a short walk of if you are cycling even quicker. There is a large herd of Deer always present in this part of the National park.

In the Muckross House area of the National park there are also quiet a few herds of Native Deer to be seen and one herd present most of the time right across from the entrance to Muckross House.

More herds can also be found in fields on the Torc Mountain side of Muckross House along with a few herds on Mangerton Mountain and on the Old Kenmare road behind Torc Mountain.

Red Deer in Killarney

Red Deer in Killarney

 

Red Deer in Killarney by the Lake Hotel

Red Deer in Killarney by the Lake Hotel

Tuan the King of the Deer

Tuan the King of the Deer

“Tuan” the King of the Deer a name give to the the Stag who wins the “Rut” battles in Castlelough each year, it is an old Irish Name given to a Stag the Fianna gave free passage to. Tuan had magical powers and could transform into a Wild Boar and an Eagle.

 

If you like Photography we would recommend a 200 mm zoom lens minimum and remember its best to keep your distance and not hassle the Deer.

Red Mountain Deer Killarney

Red Mountain Deer Killarney

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Family Run Hotels Ireland

Family Run Hotels Ireland

Family Run Hotels Ireland

Over 100 years of Irish Hotels History!

There are still many Family Run Hotels in Ireland this is our story, Ashford Castle, Ballynahinch Castle, the Lake Hotel, Royal Valentia, Southern Hotel Caragh Lake, Butler Arms & Bayview hotels in Waterville were all once run by the Huggard family of Waterville County Kerry and was to become Ireland’s first hotel chain. (The image above is of Shivaun, Billy, Niall, Mary, Joe, Martin, Tony and Colman missing from the image Steven the youngest)

Today you can enjoy our existing family Run hotels in Killarney & Waterville still offering True Irish hospitality. The marvellous family tradition in the hotel trade is being maintained and further developed in County Kerry at the award-winning Lake Hotel in Killarney and the popular Butler Arms Hotel in Waterville which are now owned and run by third and fourth generations of Huggard’s.

History killarney hotels

History of Irish Hotels

The secret to success that has served the family so well down through the generations is the emphasis placed on quality, attention to detail, first-rate customer service, a warm welcome and a determination that all visitors to hotels run by the Huggard family become friends as well as guests.

The proud history of the family’s involvement in Ireland’s hospitality trade dates back 100 years when Martin Huggard, an enterprising farmer and fisherman, and his wife Mary Doyle, operated the 28-bedroom Bay View Hotel, overlooking the sea at Waterville, Co Kerry. They were blessed with seven children, Noel, Maud, Hilda, Billy, Cecily, Brendan and Patricia, many of whom went on to leave a hugely positive imprint on Irish tourism in general and on the hotel industry in particular.

Martin and Mary acquired the 60-bedroom Butler Arms Hotel in Waterville in 1917 and, as the years progressed, the Huggard hotel empire grew with the purchase of Caragh Lake Hotel near Killorglin, the Royal Hotel on Valentia Island, Ballynahinch Castle Hotel in Connemara and the landmark Ashford Castle, also in Connemara.

n 1940 the family purchased the flagship Lake Hotel, on the shores of the world famous Lakes of Killarney, which dates back to 1820 and boasts a spectacular, unrivalled location with all-encompassing views of Killarney’s world famous scenery. Hilda Huggard was actively involved in the daily running of the hotel from the day of purchase until her passing at the age of 84 in 2001.

The Lake Hotel, which has been carefully developed to become one of the finest establishments in the country, is now personally run by Tony, Colman, Niall and Joe Huggard, and it has enjoyed remarkable success, including the receipt of several national quality awards for cuisine, quality, service and hospitality.

More on Irish family run Hotels in Ireland

 Huggard History of their Family run Hotels in Ireland

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Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle

Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle

Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle

Ring of Kerry “Wrong way around”

The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle in August is hosted by the Killarney Cycling Festival http://killarneycyclingfestival.com/ it is done in reverse. You have two choices both go the opposite way to the traditional Ring of Kerry Cycle which has been going for nearly 30 years now. http://www.ringofkerrycycle.ie/

One is called the Wrong Way Around (160km) in reverse leaving out Kenmare (Moll’s Gap to Sneem) the other is the Hard way Around, for the challenge I tried the Hard one.

Ring of Kerry Cycle “The Hard Way Around”

Ring of Kerry Cycle

Ring of Kerry Cycle

This is what we met when we turned off the “wrong way around” Ring of Kerry Cycle, there was only 3 of us out of a couple of hundred so we were wondering if there something we don’t know. Two of us were from Kerry so we knew the roads and what lay ahead it was going to be Tough.

Cycling up Moll’s Gap was easy, Ballaghbeama was a bit harder for a short time but Ballaghasheen was very tough it took every effort to stay going to the top. The next part was going to be a long slog, 20km straight into the prevailing Atlantic winds, it was like cycling into a wind tunnel, it seemed to go on forever. Eventually, we met the cyclists from the 160km wrong way around at a food stop. We were very well catered for, Tea, Sandwiches, pasta salad, water and bananas.

I was looking forward to the next part but knew it was going to be so tough, the highest pass in Ireland in a short distance, this means only one thing “STEEP” Very steep, it is tough to drive in places. Before that, we would pass Reenroe, Dungeagan and Ballinskelligs and continue on the “Skellig Ring” to Saint Finian’s Bay, no time for the Skellig Chocolate factory today. Wow, it has to be some of the Best scenery in Kerry if not in Ireland, watch the video.

Coomanaspic Pass next and every effort I have as a very part-time cyclist will be needed to get to the summit, it is narrow and very steep especially on some of the hairpin bends which are hard to navigate especially if you have to stay left and tight to the ditch. Oncoming cars and passing cars can push you tight to even steeper turns and makes the climb much more difficult. That said we got a reasonable run with only a handful of cars and did make it to the top without having to dismount, that said it took huge mental discipline of a personal nature for me to get to the top as my arms, legs, breathing and probably my heart were all is stress mode for a good 15 minutes, felt like hours !!

It was a great sense of achievement to get to the top, it was climb number four and the toughest by far and the views were amazing nearly worth the pain to get to the top. After that, it was to Cahersiveen, the Mountain Stage, Killorglin and back to Killarney. The winds we fought for much of the Cycle were now behind us so it was a handy return to Killarney. Wow the Ring of Kerry the “Hard Way Around” is a great challenge and I would recommend it to anyone who interested in achieving something other than the usual yet beautiful Ring of Kerry, it will give you memories grater then anything before on a bike.

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Traditional Music in Killarney

Traditional Music in Killarney

Traditional Music in Killarney

Overlooking the 12th Century MacCarthy mór floodlit Castle on the grounds, the Devil’s Punchbowl bar is situated in the Historic Lake Hotel in Killarney. Renowned the World over for its true Irish Hospitality. There are music 4 days a week in the Summer season, call us for more information on 003536631035

Or visit our Web Site: Lake Hotel Killarney

Killarney Pubs

Killarney BarWhiskey tasting in Killarney

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Old RIC Barracks Killarney

Old RIC Barracks Killarney

Old RIC Barracks Killarney

Travelling the Ring of Kerry from Kenmare / Sneen ( N71) to Killarney there is a mysterious building near Ladies View Image above. It is an Old Royal Irish Constabulary Barracks, built to protect the interests of the local Landlords and stop poaching on the Kenmare Estate.

Derrycunnihy Waterfall

Derrycunnihy Waterfall

Nearby Derrycunnihy has one large and one smaller (left) beautiful Waterfalls

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Tours of Dingle Wild Atlantic Way Ireland

Tours of Dingle Wild Atlantic Way Ireland

Tours of Dingle Wild Atlantic Ireland

Day tour to Dingle by Mark and Joyce both in our late 30’s.
We went on a Self Drive tour of Dingle with an excellent Map and information on our tour given to us be the lady at out hotel. Firstly I would like to comment on the fantastically presented Map and the information, which is so relevant to the tour.
We left our hotel after breakfast well prepared, usual clothes a raincoat in case, camera, swimsuit, towels and a packed lunch for our picnic at beach recommended to us. Leaving Killarney we passed a Monument of a priest with a slogan “God has no Country” that will be one for the girls at the reception when we get back. We did stop and visited a beautiful Cathedral leaving before heading off to Milltown, Castlemaine and on to Inch beach which was recommended for Surfing Lessons, were a little on the older side late 30’s for Surfing but we said we would give it a go. We were also told the waves would be perfect for beginners and so they were and thank God the wet suits did the business. Joyce had surfed in Australia so she was first to get up on the board, I kept falling off and eventually got up and it was the most amazing experience and would recommend to more people. We promised to come back to Inch beach again not before we had a good walk on this most beautiful beach.6W3A9974

We were hungry now so we decided to find this great beach used in the Hollywood Movie “Ryan’s Daughter” and tuck into our Packed Lunch. It was about a 35 minute drive passing Dingle Town, Ventry and on the spot described to us. Wow Wow Wow this was some spot we took a load of photographs, the sun was out and we had a great Picnic looking out at the Atlantic Ocean, beautiful Islands and turquoise Water and big Waves. The beach is called coumeenole and Ireland’s most westerly beach.
Coumeenole Beach Dingle  52° 6’32.20″N  /   10°27’48.74″W

It was hard to leave this beautiful beach and next we stopped at Dunquin where there is a magnificent pier descending down into the Atlantic Ocean like a mini Great wall of China, Traditional boats can be seen here called “Currach’s” made of Canvas and oils. You can get a boat trip to the Great Blasket Island here but because of our surfing lessons and very long lunch stop we will leave it to our next visit. Now we have to find the Old School House featured in “Ryan’s Daughter” said to be in a very scenic place overlooking the Ocean from high over the cliffs.

Old School House from Ryan’s Daughter  52° 8’11.49″N  /   10°28’4.83″W

 We walked about 500 meters to get to it; it is falling down but non-the less worth a visit. When we go home we will watch the movie a classic in its time.

On recommendation we went on to visit the following attractions, Clogher Strand  52° 9’24.49″N  /   10°27’34.51″W another very scenic beach and takes huge waves, we saw photo’s of it in our hotel in the Winter and they were massive. Riasc Ring Forts   52°10’3.36″N  /   10°23’14.10″W was our next stop and then we stopped at the Gallarus Oratory  52°10’25.36″N  /   10°21’13.26″W and Kilmalkedar Church and Graveyard  52°11’4.38″N  /   10°20’15.28″W

We made our way back to Dingle and wanted to visit Ocean World and it was a fantastic experience, Sharks, Turtles and a huge array of fish to be seen in many different display tanks we were in there for a good while, Kids would love it even more there were kids in a Hurricane experience and a games room having a great time.6W3A9970-2

We gave a walk around Dingle and looked at the Shops and got some gifts to bring home, we left a trip to see Fungie the wild Dolphin for another time as we wanted to head back to the Hotel to enjoy the facilities, we were going to let our surfing muscles relax in the outdoor Hot tub it looked fantastic. We passed Inch beach on the way back and came back the way we went.

 

Overall it was the most magnificent day and experience we ever had, we discussed it over dinner at our hotel and the next day we asked the concierge what can we could add while including our highlights on a future trip on the dingle drive.

Here are some more spots worth seeing and you will come across much more on your travels :

Annascaul and Tom Crean’s Pub once home to the famous Polar Explorer.

Dunbeg Fort / Beehive Huts

Dingle Peninsula Museum

The Blasket center

Louis Mulcahy Pottery

Conor Pass

Blenerville Windmill

We didn’t stay on the Dingle Peninsula but in Killarney at the Lake Hotel, friendly staff, unbeatable location not to pricy with easy access to the best Kerry has to offer. We asked if we could write a review we were so happy with our hotel and the advice we were given.6W3A3805h3

 

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