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Kerry scenic walking – The Kerry Way
Explore the unrivalled ‘Kingdom’ with an unforgettable Walking itinerary. Dramatic landscapes, patchwork fields, winding trails, curious sheep and cows, enchanting villages, welcoming locals and stunning scenery await your discovery as you meander ‘The Kerry Way’.
A must see along the Kerry Way is Cáit na Pluaise Cave, a rock ledge where Cáit, a widow, took refuge following her eviction from her home, after the famine in the 1850’s. Here in this cave she raised her 7 children.
She was known by all who travelled the main road, now part of the Kerry Way, as she would run out to beg from passers by. She became known as Kate of the Cave.
To this day limpet and periwinkle shells in the deep recesses of the ledge, pay testimony to the family’s poverty. Etchings on the roof by her children can also be seen.
One of her children, a son, got a scholarship to university and went on to become a teacher. When asked what kind of a house he came from, he would say “I come from a house with a roof of one slate”. The cave is located along the Kerry Way between Castlecove and Caherdaniel.
Kerry is known for having the highest mountains in Ireland, but the Kerry way avoids the really high peaks and keeps to the lower mountain ridges.
The landscape which it passes through is varied, from Killarney’s lakes and fells, to high and remote mountain passes such as Carrauntoohil and Caher, which tower over the trail West of the Black Valley and then passes along the contrasting semi-tropical palm-trees of the South coast.
Terrain consists mainly of quiet tarmac roads, open moorland, woodland, paths through green fields and boreens.
A walkers and hikers paradise.
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Download maps of the Kerry Way
The Kerry Way - an overview Map 1 - Killarney to Torc Mountain Map 2 - Torc Mountain to Black Valley Map 3 - Black Valley to Bridia Pass Map 4 - Bridia Pass to Glencar Map 5 - Glencar to Gortdirragh Map 6 - Gortdirragh to Glenbeigh and Drung Hill Map 7 - Drung Hill to Boulerdah Map 8 - Boulerdah to Teeraha Junction Map 9 - Teeraha to Cahersiveen Map 10 - Teeraha to Knockavahaun Map 11 - Knockavahaun to Coomduff Junction Map 12 - Coomduff Junction to Waterville Map 13 - Coomduff to Windy Gap Map 14 - Waterville to Derrynane Map 15 - Derrynane to Caherdaniel Map 16 - Windy Gap to Caherdaniel Map 17 - Camomile Corner to Bohacogram Map 18 - Bohacogram to Sneem Map 19 - Sneem to Tahilla Map 20 - Tahilla to Blackwater Bridge Map 21 - Blackwater Bridge to Assroe Map 22 - Assroe to Kenmare Map 23 - Kenmare to Galways Bridge
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