Somewhere between the dramatic and rugged coastline and lush green rolling hills of North Kerry the trail walker finds heaven under another endless sky. Skirt a coastline rich in history and folklore finding secret coves along the way. Beneath your feet a thousand tales of legends, warriors, pirates and smugglers, to the east the might of the Shannon estuary – Ireland’s largest river – to the west the wild Atlantic rolling under picture perfect skies all the way past the horizon.
You’ll pass the scene of where once a battle for the world took place, you’ll trek on past lost islands, devils chairs and the old stomping ground of the once dreaded Pookenee. Stretching out before you are endless miles of golden beaches, towering cliff faces and above all stunning beauty and great serenity. The coastal walkways thrive with flora and fauna including seals and the amazing breed of fox that lives on the cliff face. If you’re lucky and it’s the right time of the year you’ll see schools of dolphins and maybe a whale or two out in the water.
Away from the dramatic coastline you’ll find walkways that run through the most scenic parts of North Kerry. From here on in the choice is yours: take a stroll through the heather topped hills as North Kerry stretches out before you, running all the way to the coast. You could take to our woodland walks along the Shannon Estuary or among the gentle roll of the Knockanure Hills. Or take a stroll up the Stack’s Mountains – one of the highest points in North Kerry.
While the trails across North Kerry traverse some dramatic landscapes the walkways themselves are easy enough going, usually you’ll be facing gentle gradients with travel times varying between one and four hours.
To walk, or cycle north Kerry is to get a true taste of the best the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer, stunning scenery, dramatic seascapes, wild terrain, all in all a truly elemental and unforgettable experience.
On a north Kerry trail you’ll meet a crossroads, a convergence between rural and wild Atlantic, between towering limestone cliffs and the lush green hills of north Kerry. You’ll trek where some of Ireland’s greatest writers were inspired, if you’re lucky you’ll get a glint of what makes this part of Ireland a little different.read more…