When Tomek suggested a trip to Kerry in October I wasn’t too eager to go. We’ve been out so much this year, I really dreamt about staying home for a weekend or two. But Kerry was on our list for a long time and it’s not easy to find a free long weekend, so despite my laziness I said OK.
On our first day we had focused on Killarney National Park, that is just at the doorstep of Killarney. You could easily spend more than a day here.
The Ross Castle was unfortunately closed for the winter, but the view over the lake and mountains was beautiful. The autumnal light was so warm and golden even though it was morning.
Muckross Abbey is open for visits all year long. There is intriguing yew tree growing in a yard. It is said the tree is as old as abbey itself, so roughly 600 years.
We skipped a visit to Muckross House, the weather was decent and we wanted to start our day with energetic walk. Well it turned out that our walk was longer than we anticipated. The travel guide was overly optimistic stating it takes only 2 hours, later when I checked, other resources said it takes 3-5 hours, so our 4 hours were totally average (I started to be worried about our walking speed!).
Anyway it was totally worth it. The views were beautiful, the weather pleasant, the route easy and Kerry as beautiful as I imagined. Just remember to pack some snacks and warm tea with you.