If you saw my Part 1, you’ll know Eoghan and I headed back to Kerry for a weekend. After our little wander around Portmagee we crossed the bridge over to Valentia Island. The scenery was absolutely stunning. We parked up at the base of Bray head and took in the views. The sky was the perfect shade of blue with the fluffiest clouds.
We hadn’t planned this walk at all but we came across it just off the bridge. On a beautiful day like that after spending an hour in the car it was perfect. We set off on our little hike and I stupidly wore a new pair of docs. Eoghan warned me against it but there’s no telling me. Got about halfway up the path and thought, “What have I done”!
We were able to glimpse Skellig Michael in the distance. Eoghan recently got me to watch all of the Star Wars movies. I had never watched any and never had any interested in watching it. Finally caved, and had to say I thought they were pretty good. In Portmagee we got really tempted to try fit in a ferry trip over to Skellig Michael. In the end we realised it just wasn’t practical for that trip. We’ve decided we’ll go back within the year especially to do that. This time, we just looked at it from afar! To be fair the views of the Island from where we were was pretty impressive.
My anxiety has come a long way. At one time, seeing that path climb up into the distance – there would have been no way I was walking that far. Feeling my heart beat as I went would have set off a panic attack. Not anymore! This (small) hike didn’t have me feeling panicy at all, but I was still glad to see the tower in the distance. To be honest it was just because my feet were absolutely destroyed!
This walk was so beautiful especially on a good day. If you’re travelling around Kerry I’d really recommend visiting Valentia Island and walking up Bray head for the views. I’d never heard much about Valentia island before, bar learning about the Tetrapod trackway in my history of life module in college – more to come on that! But I am so glad we decided to go there. I think it is some of the best views in Ireland that I’ve seen.
You get the best views of Skellig Michael in the distance.
This tower is the remains of a watch tower built after the French tried to Invade Ireland in the late 1700s. It was built as a preventative measure and was used again in world war 2.
We always make time for taking some portraits on our journeys.
We would have liked to have spent more time there and walked a little further along the cliffs but with only a couple of days in Kerry, time was limited.
I had some other things I wanted to see on Valentia Island so keep an eye out for post 3 to see what else we got upto.
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