Let’s Go to Dursey Island
There’s a cable car which operates from mainland over a stretch
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.
There are no trees on the island for shelter from the elements so hikers must choose a fair day or bring rainwear.
A trip by boat to the Skeligs is a phenomenal way to view ganets or puffins which have colonized the small atol.
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.
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.
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.
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.