Ring of Kerry

January 21, 2017

Hello everyone,

 

Just wanted to write up a quick blog about my trip to South Kerry yesterday and share some of the photos i got along the way..

In Ireland when we get some Easterly blowing winds the Country escapes from the grey and wet and is greeted with blue skies and beautiful sunshine.. 

So for the last few days this is exactly what we got and it was just wonderful.

On Thursday the 20th i decided to make a trip and get some shots that ive been meaning to get for years and possibly find some surf along the way..

As i left Dingle the first place along the route was Inch and the sun was just rising and it was warm and calm and the waves were rolling in..

This was already a great start to the morning.. 

 

It was hard to move on from here but i knew i didn't have much time left with the nice golden morning light..

I drove on through Milltown Castlemaine and headed for Killorglin and parked up near the river Laune.. This is a place i drove past for years and years and i was always in awe of the beautiful Bridge and especially the old Railway bridge in the distance.. I grabbed a quick snap of the Bridge and then made my way to the Railway bridge as i saw the mist coming off the water and saw some great photo opportunities.. 

 

 

I got a bit closer to the Railway Bridge and started to get really excited.. It was much better then i had expected.. I had arrived just in time for the sun to be blocked by part of the Bridge and managed to get a few incredible photos.. 

The bridge was erected in 1885 as part of the Farranfore to Renard railway line which was closed in 1960. There is alot of history behind the Great Southern and Western Railway online which is well worth a read.. I would have loved to have been around to see those old steam trains chugging along the beautiful valleys and glens of Kerry.. 

 

It was near impossible to get away from here but the days are short and i was on a mission..

My next stop was in Waterville where i would stop by at Breda's house.

Breda is an absolute legend.. She basically lets as many surfers as she can fit, park in her little driveway in front of her house and has a chat with you and is the most welcoming woman ive ever met..

Her house is in view of some incredible surf and its such a pleasure to come down here and meet up with some friends and have a great day and great surf.. Sometimes we book into a nice hostel and stay over night if we knew there would be some swell the next day.. Some nice pubs in Waterville too :)

 

 

 

I stayed in the water for about 2 hours and headed back in as i wanted to continue my trip to Caherdaniel..  On the way there you travel over some windy roads on the N70 Ring of Kerry route and from time to time you just have to stop and look back at the amazing sight Ballinskelligs and Waterville have to offer..

 

As i reached the top i pulled into Beenarouke viewing point and enjoyed the magnificent views of Caherdaniel and Derrynane beach.

The landscape here is mindblowing with all the little islands and beautiful white sandy beaches... Im so happy i visited this place during the winter as its super quiet and i had the whole place for myself..

The villages have some amazing little pubs with great atmosphere and really good food.. 

I took a walk down to Derrynane beach to kill a bit of time as i wanted to wait for the right light for the view from near Beenarouke..

I found this little graveyard overlooking the beach and its the most beautiful one ive ever seen.. What a place to be laid to rest. 

Derrynane Abbey.

 

Finally the light was starting to look very promising so i head back up the hill and ended a terrific day by getting these stunning photographs of Derrynane Bay.. I didnt do the full Ring of Kerry as there was just not enough time but ill be back to do the second half real soon and write up another blog about that..

I hope you enjoyed my blog and photos and please feel free to share it.. 

 

Florian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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