Three years ago (2010), I went working to Ireland for 1 year where I also had the opportunity to go for a hike nearby Killarney with two of my fellow worker. The landscape was gorgeous and not comparable to Dublin where I actually lived. After visiting the local tourist office we started hiking equipped with maps and some snacks in our backpacks.
Day 1: Ascent to Corrán Tuathail
At the starting point there was a map board which showed as the area. Our goal was to walk along Loch Gabrach (lake of the goats) and ascend Choc An Chuillinn, pass the Devil’s ladder and hike upwards towards Corrán Tuathail which is the highest peak in Ireland (1039m).
The first part of the tour was quite easy. We walked along green grass, rocks and crossed a bridge.
We came across mushrooms and sheeps as well.
Fresh water was available in the stream coming down the mountains.
Once we reached the the crest we walked it along passing the Devil’s Ladder. Plenty of scree was on our way up to the summit of Corrán Tuathail and the weather became with each step more and more nasty so I decided to put on my rain jacket.
We decided not to spend too much time on the summit due to the bad weather conditions. However, on the way back we were again rewarded with a breathtaking view looking down the Devil’s ladder.We went back to our car and celebrated the ascent in one of the pubs in Killarny.
Day 2: Gap of Dunloe
Today was a sunny day and in the morning we saw the mist rising to the sky while a spider started building it’s net.
After our hiking trip we took our car and drove back to Dublin after a short stopover in Killarney. This trip has been one of the best experiences for me in Ireland and would recommend it to anyone looking for an adventures in Ireland.
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