Dursey Island

Let’s Go to Dursey Island

There’s a cable car which operates from mainland over a stretch

Cable car to Dursey Island
Cable car to Dursey Island

of treacherous rip tide waters called the Dursey Sound. Dangerous rocks can be seen jutting when the tide is out. Situated on the western tip of the Beara Peninsula at a size of 6.5 km long and 1.5 km wide it makes a perfect place to pack a picnic lunch. There are no places for refreshment otherwise.

The island has a historical significance with place names tracing back to Viking days.

Ancestors date back to 17th century
Ancestors date back to 17th century
Rough waters
Rough waters

There are no trees on the island for shelter  from the elements so hikers must choose a fair day or bring rainwear.

Ruins of St Mary’s abbey can be seen overgrown with grasses as are relics of ancient villages made of stone.
Here’s a longer post by a hiking group

Slideshows

Sheen Falls and Roughty Walk

Walking is said to be not only one of the best exercises but also a mental stimulant to rejuvenate one’s attitude to life in general. The Roughty Round is a loop walk  (this site gives you the gpx file) or here is the Google map.

Hiking the Roughty and Sheen Falls
Kenmare, Sheen Falls, Roughty bridge

When cycling or hiking in Ireland most consider it good sense to wear reflective vests to be seen by road traffic. Choosing quieter roads will make your trek more enjoyable.

Sheen River and Elegant Inn
The Sheen River is a salmon and trout river

Tide Tables and Weathercasting

Kerry has internet both cable and through cell service so why not get this tide table app that recognizes your location from your smart phone?  All the fishermen pay close heed to tides because the rocks can be treacherous in the swells. It’s not unusual for huge boulders to have shifted under wave power from the mega-storms of November which can be as high as 100km/hr.

bags of mussels
Mussels being prepared for shipping, Killmackillogue

Everyone who lives by the sea takes note of the morning weather forecasts which are so accurate because of the affect of sea and wind currents. Living by mountains also brings a drastic swing in conditions. What can start out as a humid tropical breeze wafting from a warm current can suddenly drop 10 degrees or more from the altitude cool.