The Kingdom & Its Majesty
‘Kerry is a spiritual place’ are the words that Weeshie Fogarty of Radio Kerry shared many years ago as he spoke of the beauty of the county and his pride for what it represents. Moving back to North Kerry during lockdowns over 1.5 years ago, I was more than grateful for the fact that I could spend that time in one of the most beautiful parts of the world and experience so much peace by the seaside with my family nearby.
After moving away at the age of 17, I had become accustomed to big cities, namely the Big Smoke, Santiago in Chile, Lisbon and so many other places I had had the opportunity to travel to. Until this pandemic, my Instagram had been strewn with images of exotic beaches and balcony views, my feet were rather sore from frequenting tiny airports and queues for shots of espresso, meanwhile I had been balancing my laptop on my knee as I waited with anticipation on the next flight out of Ireland.
With every challenge comes some silver lining and I have to say that the last two years, being brought home was certainly that. Reconnecting with people, a more peaceful way of life and the immense beauty surrounding the beaches, hill walk and picturesque towns and villages, we are truly blessed to be from such a county.
Being back on the East coast and exploring some epic parts of this county also had me looking at what parts of Kerry can be most helpful for those that haven’t spent lots of time there. Actually, friends ask me on a regular basis and as I share the latest Instagram post, I recognise that there may be some photo curiosity to explore.
The wonder of North Kerry & County Limerick
Feel the waves crashing over your head, stroll along the cliff walk and spot some dolphins jumping in the sea while tasting a waffle and decent coffee at Ballybunion Seaside Cafe. Do yoga on the beach in the Summertime with Sinead Griffin and feel the unbelievable zen from the Moya festival running in the town. If you’re into golf, this is also the opportunity to enjoy it as you venture to a course visited by the likes of Bill Clinton and Tiger Woods back in the day.
Head up the road to the mouth of the Shannon known as Beal where over 90 dolphins hang out during the Summer months. Experience the deserted Sand dunes and the abundance of wildlife including foxes, badgers and swallows enjoying their peace. Bring your dog and be sure to paddle your feet in the sea while being mindful of the current that flows throughout Ireland and into the Atlantic nearby.
After wrapping up, pack your walking shoes to head to Carrigafoyle Castle and witness the history that’s hidden in its ruins. Experience more beautiful views then head for a stroll to Centra for a friendly face and a 99, preferably with a flake on top.
Before heading away from the Coast, head on the Knight’s Walk in Glin where you get to experience the uphill excursion through the wilderness. Pass along the fairy village and see the colours designs most likely freshened up as a lock-down project.
Soak in the sea-side scent, the friendly approaches and the tastes of the county. Savor each moment and don’t forget to explore and come across gems you never even thought of.