Wild Atlantic Way Ireland – Kerry

Wild Atlantic Way Ireland – Kerry

Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland we will look at “Kerry” in the South West.

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Did you know “Kerry” in the South West has Ireland’s largest Coastline for any county in Ireland?

Did you also know Killarney has easy access to all the beautiful routes of the Wild Atlantic Way in Kerry.Wild Atlantic Way Ireland - Kerry

Wild Atlantic Way Kerry Skellig Ring – Valentia

Our best experience of the Wild Atlantic Way in Kerry was defiantly on the Skellig Ring and Valentia, this was mainly due to the fact we brought our bikes on there back of the car and got great advice on what to see. We didn’t think Slea Head and Dingle could be beaten but we found much more in this region. Here is why we loved it so much, firstly I much compliment the maps given to us in our hotel and the advice given to us knowing we had our own bikes.  We drove the traditional Ring of Kerry, Killorglin, Glenbeigh, Cahersiveen and then on to Portmagee, here we parked our car and got our bikes ready. We cycled over the bridge to Valentia Island and took a right turn to Chapletown and onto Knightstown named after the “Knights of Kerry” here we found a great surprise, it’s an old Village which operates a ferry to Renard point which is near Cahersiveen.

Portmagee  51°53’9.30″N  /   10°21’57.48″W

I would recommend the Coffee Dock in Knightstown it has great views and a walk on the Mooring on the Marina. The Heritage Museum has all the history of the Trans-Atlantic Cable and radio station on Valentia Island. We found the Tetrapod footprints, Slate Quarry and cycled down the steep road to the Lighthouse which is quite bumpy and steep so take care. We walked our bikes back up to the road to save the legs. Passing Geokaun Mountain trail we will leave for a trip in the car we arrived next at Saint Brendan’s well and an old Pub “O’Shea’s Bar”  / “next stop New York”. The Cliffs here are dangerous so we didn’t go much further and returned to the west end of the island passing the walk to Bray Head with great views of the “Skellig’s” two Islands Skellig Michael and Little Skellig. Back over the bridge and we stopped in the “Bridge bar” for the famous Seafood Chowder and a glass of Guinness.Wild Atlantic Way Ireland Geokaun

Bikes back on the back of our car and its up and over Coom and Easpaig the highest pass in Ireland and down into the steep road so drive carefully. We turned right to Glen Pier where you will find a nice view of the Skellig Islands and then on to Saint Finian’s Bay which also has views of the Skellig Islands. It’s a popular spot for Surfers but not suitable for swimming due to strong currents. To our surprise next, we came across the Skellig Chocolate factory where you get to taste all the types of chocolate they make. Ideal place to buy gifts for Family and Friends along with a very nice Coffee Shop.

Saint Finian’s Bay  51°50’46.80″N  /  10°20’8.74″W

The Road climbs gently with beautiful views of the Bay and the Islands and another Island called “Puffin Island” to the right. We stopped on a few times to take lots of photographs, its such a scenic area. Ballinskelligs was our next village there is a beautiful beach and a small Castle on the Beach called McCarthy’s Castle a sister castle to the one at our Hotel.

Ballinskelligs Beach  51°49’15.25″N  /   10°16’24.02″W

Cill Rialaig Art centre is on the right as you leave Ballinskelligs and we soon turn right for Waterville passing Reenroe beach, another beautiful Beach where you can walk for miles.McCarthy's castle Ballinskelligs

At the Church coming into Waterville, we took a left to Glencar a back road recommended to us it is narrow and windy but interesting at the same time so we took a chance and enjoyed it and it eventually took us back to Killarney. You can also continue on the Ring of Kerry to Caherdaniel, Sneem and back to Killarney via Moll’s gap.

Wild Atlantic Way Kerry, Tralee – Brandon area

We started in Killarney and headed for Tralee and then on to the Blenerville Windmill, from here we took the N86 to Castlegregory. We wanted to see Rough Point on the right-hand side of Brandon Bay, a good spot to see nice Surf. We also wanted to see Brandon Point on the other side of the Bay with its magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean and Brandon Bay. On calm days you can see Dolphins and the odd Whale from here if you are lucky and spend some time watching. The village of Brandon is small but quite interesting, as we got back to Kilcumin Beach there is a Keel of an Old Boat called the Port Yarroak which was loaded with Copper, it sunk in 1894 with no survivors. On a calm day, it looks a nice place to set Anchor bout it is well known for its big Atlantic swells.

We walked the beach at Brandon to see what was left of the Port Yarrock there is a monument to those who perished here and you can only see it in low tide. There were people surfing not far from the Keel of the Boat which sticks up like someone standing on the water. Brandon Bay is worth a visit and especially we liked Brandon point, its a bit of a trek but if you like remote scenery its worth it.

Waterville, Sneem, Kenmare and Lauragh

Heading into Waterville you should take the Coast road by the Golf Links there are great views of Ballinskellig’s Bay, Legend has it it was here Oisín rode his white horse to Tír na nÓg (land of the youth)

Tarbert, Beal, Ballyheigue, Tralee coming soon!

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Craft Beer in Killarney

Craft Beer in Killarney

Craft Beer in Killarney

Killarney Hotel to introduce a Craft Beer from an Old Family Recipe dating back to 1912 AD

The Huggard family at the Lake Hotel are introducing Beers like the ones made by their Grandparents during both Wars in the last Century. The Flagship Beer will be called “Martin Huggard 1912”

Craft Beer in Killarney

Craft Beer in Killarney

Visit the Lakeside Bistro overlooking the Lakes of Killarney www.lakehotel.com

An Irish Pale Ale worthy of his name :

Huggard Craft Beer in Killarney

Huggard Craft Beer in Killarney

 

A few things about Martin Huggard :

  • He was a hands on Entrepreneur ran a shop along with two Hotels in Waterville Co. Kerry
  • A decade later Martin and Julia Mary started Ireland’s first Hotel chain, 7 hotels in all
  • Martin supplied the Gresham Hotel in Dublin with wine during the second World war from Waterville.
  • Due to rations in hard times Martin brewed Beer regularly and was able to supply the Royal in Valentia and the Lake Hotel in Killarney
  • Martin was also a Fisherman and a Farmer but now put all his efforts into the Hotels offering traditional Hospitality and local produce.
  • The Huggard’s became Ireland’s first Hotel school with the “Huggard trained” standard which is still remembered by many in the industry today….more….

Martin Huggard’s 1912 beer is bottle conditioned, few people will be offering such a traditional and artisan way of getting beer into a bottle, and as a result the taste is so much more tasty and natural.

 

Our Brewing Process

1:   Select only the best ingredients

2:   Add a characterful master brewer (Nik ‘the hat’) and traditional brewing equipment

3:   Heat pure filtered spring water to around 70 degrees C

4:   Mix this fresh heated water with your specialist selection of malts and leave for an hour or so

5:   Drain off the malt extract (wort)

6:   Boil with our secret selection of hops for another hour or so

7:   Drain off and cool the resulting crafted wort into a fermenter

8:   Add our strain of yeast and let the magic begin

Killarney beer

Killarney beer

Now serving Draught (from the tap) in the Devil’s Punchbowl Bar at the Lake Hotel

For non Beer drinkers

For non Beer drinkers 🙂 try a “Lakeside Dream” overlooking the Lakes of Killarney.

 

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Torc Mountain Killarney

Torc Mountain Killarney

Torc Mountain Killarney

 

There is a great walking trail on Torc Mountain that you can climb to the summit via Railway sleepers and stone steps. The views at the top are amazing as you can see on the video below, You can start at Torc Waterfall or an easier option is to start at the Upper Car park on the Queens drive which is the next left after the entrance to Muckross House.

 

Torc Mountain Killarney from Vacation Killarney on Vimeo.

 

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EV charging points in Killarney

EV charging points in Killarney

EV charging points in Killarney / Kerry

The Lake Hotel Killarney has just added 4 EV Charging points for customers of the Hotel. The hotel has 4 allocated charging station available for Electric Cars since July 2018.

Garo LS4 Type 2 EV Charging ports with 7.4 kW 32A allow customers the added confidence to travel to Killarney and have access to these EV charging options. It takes the worry of charging out of the equation and lets you get on with enjoying your travels.
 

Contact the Lake Hotel Muckross Road Killarney web site: https://www.lakehotelkillarney.ie/

Recommended Day trips for EV Car users:

Depending on your range from Killarney.

Ring of Kerry

  • The Ring of Kerry 180 km, the Skellig Ring optional 33km extra

Charging options on the Ring of Kerry: Two Type-2 AC Socket 22kw available in Killorglin Lat/Long: 52.107344,-9.786073 Google Map

Two Type-2 AC Socket 22kW in Cahersiveen Lat/Long: 51.946705,-10.227204 Google Map

Two Type-2 AC Socket 22kW in Sneem Lat/Long: 51.839336,-9.901316 Google Map

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Dingle Peninsula drive

  • The Dingle Peninsula 180 km

Dingle town, Type-2 AC Socket 22kW Lat/Long: 52.139518,-10.278791 Google Map

Tralee Type-2 AC Socket 22kW Lat/Long: 52.260883,-9.714192 Google Map

As we go on into 2019 we should seem more EV ports added in Kerry as the popularity of EV Cars grows in Ireland.

Looking forward to a Greener Ireland and growing numbers of EV cars in the World.

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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.

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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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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

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