On Cnoc na Toinne, looking back along the summits we’d crossed.
The final part of our walk along the eastern ridge of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountains in Kerry. We had already walked in from Cronin’s Yard, where we had camped the previous night, ascended the ridge, and walked its length taking in 6 summits all over 900 meters. We were now standing on our 7th and last summit of the day, the comparatively small Cnoc na Toinne at 845 meters. We enjoyed the last of the high ground before starting down the zig-zag track that upon reaching the bottom of the mountain, re-joined the main track into the Reeks on this side. After our long day, it seemed a long, wearying walk back to our tents at Cronin’s Yard. It was great to be able to have a shower at Cronin’s Yard, and after a trip to Killorglin for some hot food, we had some well earned wine outside our tents that night, our little aches and pains only seeming to make us more content. After a good nights sleep, we were ready in the morning for the long drive back to Tyrone.
Making our way over to the top of the zig-zag descent.
The eastern Reeks.
Looking down on Lough Callee, and the track we would take.
Caher, Carrauntoohil (Ireland’s highest) and Beenkeragh.
Lough Callee on the right, and Lough Gouragh on the left.
Almost at the bottom of the zig-zag here, where we would join the track back out.
Waterfalls dropping into Lough Callee as we passed between it and Lough Gouragh.
A look back over Lough Callee at some of our route.
Looking back to Carrauntoohil.
Looking back along the track to the Reeks.
Home sweet home, for tonight at least. We could sit relaxing with a glass of wine, contemplating the mountains behind – not a bad way to end our walk.
It was a nice feeling to sit at the end of the day, drink in hand, looking at the mountains we’d walked – its hard to beat a good, long walk in the mountains for making you feel mellow and happy.