Thursday 6 March 2014

Derrynablaha and St Finians Well

7th August 2013
It's been a while, since we have been out in the hills, so today we are heading up to Kerry. The weather isn't too bad - the usual mixture of Sunshine, cloud and rain.
We head up over the Caha Pass, through Kenmare to Moll's Gap. From here we take the minor road towards Sneem, but turning off on a even more minor road towards Derrynablaha and the Ballaghbeama Pass.
The map tells us that the hills around Derrynablaha are full of Rock Art. So much so, that we should be tripping over rocks covered in it ! Of course, the reality is a little different. We do find a Standing Stone easily enough - just over a gate, but as for any rock art - well that's another matter.The national monument service lists 26 exampes here. I am now wishing that I had printed out a map from the site.

After traipsing through some rather wet area's, the barbed wire was not looking too enticing. So for today - we admit defeat and are content with our single standing stone.
This is a beautiful valley though and the road up to and through the pass is quite stunning. Even though it's a little off the beaten track, there are still a few intrepid tourists around,
We will be back !

On the way back we stop in at St Finians holy well near the burial ground in Kenmare. It's a good idea if you visit at low tide !

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