As one of our longest walking guides and member of the Go Visit Ireland family, Frank Walsh has covered the length and breadth of Kerry on his feet and bike. His preference however being on foot!
As an island not only are we lucky to be able to experience varying routes both inland and coastal, but also have mixtures of underfoot surfaces, seasonal flora and fauna, unpredictable weather conditions and choice of low level walks and higher hikes. Given that the vast area of such covered ground and each walk differs, this what is your favourite walk question may be have been a tough decision for Frank. However it turned out it wasn’t. There is one clear favourite.
‘The Old Kenmare Road section of the Kerry Way’ Frank said without hesitation.
‘Walking this trail through Killarney National Park one can sense the Irish History from Norman times, a thousand years ago, through to the 20th Century unfold as in a hologram, but no need to bring virtual reality masks!’ Frank remarked.
‘The Gaelic Norman monasteries and castles on the shores of Lough Lein (the Lake of Learning), the effects of the Penal Laws and depopulation during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the rise of its ‘Big Houses’ and landlord estate, its beginnings of National Recovery in the early twentieth century. Much of its intricacies and nuances of Irish history become clear on this trek’ continues Frank.
‘And, all of this experienced as one wanders from Atlantic inlets through moorland and native woodland to lakes and fells beneath Ireland’s highest Peaks- the MacGillyduddy Reeks.’ Frank states proudly.
A native of Killarney and now residing in the coastal village of Cromane, Frank’s love for Kerry and walking along with his lifelong knowledge of local geography, history and folklore inspire his work daily.