Traveling Nancy

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Valentina Island and South Kerry Tour


When we awoke at the Strand’s End House this morning, it was even colder than yesterday with high winds and some rain.  Joan suggested that we take a 4 hour tour today instead of hiking up high again.  Mary and I discussed it over our incredible breakfast.  I had a lox and salmon omelet, fresh brown bread (baked by Eamon), fresh fruit with homemade yogurt, and tea. We looked our the window and the small bushes were blowing around and it was raining – again.  We could see the rain dripping down the skylights.

We decided to do the tour so Joan called Muiris (the tour guy).  Then we said goodbye to our wonderful hosts.
A photo with our hosts.

And the B&B where we had so much fun.

The dining room at Brookhaven.


The sunroom at Brookhaven.

Muiris was joking with us from the moment we got into his car.  Of course, he is typical Irish.  Anyway, here is what we did today.

First we went to see the Cahergal Stone Ring Fort.  It is believed by archaeologists to have been built between the 9th and 11th centuries. Caber gal is an amazing feat of what they call “dry wall” construction with a 10 foot thick fort wall. The fort’s interior is stepped with many terraces or inbuilt stairs which can be climbed allowing you to walk along its wide girth and enjoy the view of Ballycarberry Castle.


1This is Caherall StoneRing

Here is Muiris by the wall.

Here is Muiris by the stone wall.

Then we took a ferry to Valentina Island.  It is 7 miles long by 3 miles wide.  We went to see the slate quarry.

 This is a slate grotto.

Muiris took a photo of Mary and me.

This is Mary and Nancy

We drove on a one lane road and had to wait for the workers to let us pass.

 We had to wait before we were allowed to pass.

These Terapod Fosilized footprints were identified in 1993.  About 385  million years ago a primitive vertebrate passed along the muddy shore line in the equatorial swamp land and left prince is if in wet concrete. This trackway is among the old assigns a vertebrate life on land.   The Terapod was about the size of a large lizard.  There are two other places like this in New Zealand and one in Poland.


Theses are Teratripod prints,

We we drove again to see the Kildreenagh Ogham Stone.  It dates back to the 5th and 6th century. It is engraved with an Early Medieval form of alphabetical or cypher which is sometimes known as the  “Celtic Tree Alphabet” and often documents land ownership or a business contract.


An Ogham Stone.


A view of the Celtic writing

This is a view of the writing.

Muiris is also told us about how laws worked in these times.  When people wanted to seal a contract (like a marriage), each person put a finger into the hole in the stone to seal the contract

You can seal a contact here.

So  Muiris and I got married (ha), although he is already married and has two children.  It was so much fun joking with him.

We we saw the place where the first Trans-Atlantic Cable was laid.  It was laid across the floor of the Atlantic from Telegraph Field, Foilhommerum Bay, Valentia Island to Heart’s Content, Newfoundland, Canada.  it took many attempts before they succeeded. The peasant women would dance on the stone here each time they attempted to lay the cable.

Peasants danced here.


We also went to see a Wedge Tomb. These burial chambers were narrow at one end (usually decreasing both in height and width from east to west).
A Cool East Wedge Tomb.

We drove up to the top of the hills and Mary and I got out of our car to look at the view. We could hardly open the doors to the car and we’re practically blown over from the wind.  Even though we were both missing our hike from the day we were glad to not be blown away on the top of the hill as we were hiking.

Although we didn’t get to hike, it was great fun spending the day with Muiris.

Mary took me out for a fabulous dinner tonight at Dooley’s.  Even though I am not posting photos of food like I did on the Camino, we are being fed well.  Everything has been delicious.

Author: Nancy Panitch

Traveling has been a passion of Nancy Panitch's life and she loves seeing how people in other cultures live. Her travels have taken her to many places within the United States, Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa. Being around people inspires her and she has much gratitude for the kindred Souls that are joining together with her in body, mind, and heart. She moved from Chicago to Portland, Oregon in 1982. It was one of the best decisions of her life. While in Portland she stays very, VERY busy. She volunteers (Inter-Religious Action Network, Human Rights Council, & ushering for various theaters); attends a Unitarian Universalist church; goes hiking with groups (Cascade Prime Timers & Trails Club of Oregon) and also with individual friends. Book groups, movie group, and bridge groups occupy her time as well. Her quiet activities include yoga, knitting, Sudoku, and reading. She enjoys all of these activities, but making time to see her wonderful 4 grandchildren takes priority over it all. She is happy to share this blog and hopes to encourage others to travel.

9 thoughts on “Valentina Island and South Kerry Tour

  1. Love it, Nancy. gael


  2. Loving the pictures. Sorry there is so much rain. I’m sure it hasn’t damped your trip.


  3. You seem to be holding up really well!!!
    Great pictures!


  4. What an amazing trip so far!! ENJOY every moment… love you!


  5. Thank you for sharing your wonderful adventure!


  6. Thats a really cool rock!!!!


  7. Jane and I are loving your postings. Can you explain how this trip is arranged? The two of you are walking but is there is a tour guide???


  8. Wonderful to read about your journey.
    Buen Camino!


  9. Nancy, taking a day off from walking to explore with a local and see history that was outside of your designated trail was an opportunity I am very happy you took advantage of. Good on you…


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