Visits For August, 2009

Monday, 10th August 2009

Why Is Kerry Always Wet? - Day 2

After a night of unprecedented downpour, mud baths and much-wiping-clean-of-groundsheets we awoke to a lovely morning. The rain had blown over and headed for Cork. We were heading for some nice sites around Cahershiveen, but we weren't sure which ones yet. The overnight rain deterred us from climbing too much.

In the end we settled on an ogham stone, a couple of cashels that are on the tourist track and a remote early Christian site - possibly the earliest such dated site in Ireland at 6th Century ... that's before Patrick! In the same townland, Cahernihillen, there are also two wedge tombs, a cashel and several hut sites. We managed to visit one of the tombs and two of the hut sites, while viewing the ruined cashel from afar.

The main appeal of Cahernillen is its main attraction - two glorious cross slabs. One is a slender affair with a cross and circular motif, while the other is stubby one with a false-relief cross and a peacock, signifying the Glory of Christ.

We had tried to visit another wedge tomb at the start of the day, but when we parked a thick sea mist rolled in and we couldn't even see the side of the parking spot! Not good circumstances to walk up to a tomb on a slippery hillside. I will be back to visit this site soon, though, as it is a stunner.

Darrynane Beg (Co. Kerry)Ogham Stone5 New Images
Cahergal - Kimego West (Co. Kerry)Stone Fort14 New Images
Leacanabuaile - Kimego West (Co. Kerry)Stone Fort12 New Images
Caherlehillan (Co. Kerry)Cross Pillar10 New Images
Caherlehillan (Co. Kerry)Hut Circle1 New Image
Caherlehillan (Co. Kerry)Wedge Tomb9 New Images
Caherlehillan (Co. Kerry)Hut Circle5 New Images
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