Ireland is famous for its myths and legends that have been passed on from generation to generation. We grow up listening to stories and fables from goddesses to high kings and giants to leprechauns at every turn. Whether it’s in school, home or from a local seanchai (storyteller) such stories have become part of the history and culture that is Ireland and will continue to do so for generations to come. Wherever you travel in Ireland, you’re guaranteed to come across a myth or legend connected to the area.
Our Mythical Magical Kerry guided walking tour is a prime example of some of these legends and we are lucky enough to be able to share these with you while enjoying some of the most spectacular scenery and Kerry Way walks as we travel through the wonder that is Kerry in southwest Ireland.
Many Fianna legends centre around the village of Glenbeigh where we are based for the first 4 nights of our Mythical Magical journey. Diarmuid and Grainne are believed to have spent some days hiding in a cave in the valley of the Behy and Rossbeigh.
Gráinne was bethrothed to Fionn, leader of the Fianna but she eloped with a Kerryman named Diarmuid Ó Duibhne and it was in this cave they were said to have taken refuge, however Fionn was said to have pursued them for seven years!!!
That very same Fionn had had a son Oisin who had fallen so deeply in love with Niamh, that he eloped with her to Tír na nÓg, The land of eternal youth! Now who wouldn’t want that?! But of course there had to be a catch! Oisín could never return to Ireland and if he did he would die. Heeding the warning but leaving anyway, Oisín and Niamh set off from Glenbeigh on their white horse from the magic wave at Rossbeigh beach and lived happily for years. Eventually however, a homesick Oisín returned home, only to age instantly and died as soon as his foot touched Ireland’s turf.
These stories are only part of what to expect on our Mythical Magical guided walking holiday. You can also enjoy some amazing walks, spectacular landscapes and breathtaking scenery. With a friendly professional guide, unique picnic lunch spots and some cuddly 4 legged locals each day will bring it’s own memories along the way. Places are still available on our July 21st and August 25th departures so don’t delay and book today.