An Adventurous Journey to Caherconree
It was a radiant day as we arived on the picturesque Caherconree Pass, with the sun warmly greeting us. However, considering the time of day, I knew it would be challenging to capture beautiful photos in this glorious weather. The bright sun cast harsh shadows and strong contrasts, making it difficult to capture the landscape as we experienced it. But that wouldn’t deter us from visiting Caherconree Promontory Fort.
Despite my desire to arrive before noon, I knew parking would be scarce. There are, after all, no real parking spaces provided. So, there is barely enough room for a handful of cars at best. Once we parked the car, we noticed it would be a steep uphill climb through the marshy grass. We laced up our hiking shoes (I chose my favorite pair, the ‘Lowa Renegade’, which I’ll tell you more about later), and embarked on the adventure.
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As time went on, the path became steeper, and I noticed more people arriving. I quickened my pace, as I preferred to have no people in my shots if possible. However, the ascent proved too challenging for my girlfriend, and she decided to wait in the sunshine. After all, we would be taking the same route back.
I continued my steady pace upward. Once reaching the mountain ridge, a powerful breeze greeted me from the other side of the mountain… It was refreshingly cool! But the breathtaking view made up for it. The challenging hike was rewarded with a panoramic vista. It was a moment to pause and relish in the beauty of nature surrounding us.
Determined to reach the fort, I pressed on along the mountain ridge. Although there wasn’t much left to see of the fort itself, I was struck by the impressive thickness of the walls. It made me pause and contemplate the immense effort it must have taken to haul all those stones up here. How much blood, sweat, and tears had been poured into creating this monument?
As I stood there, overwhelmed by thoughts of the past and the majestic surroundings, I felt a sense of humility. Caherconree Promontory Fort held not only historical significance but also symbolized human determination and perseverance.
After a moment of reflection, it was time to retrace our steps, descending the mountain with renewed energy and a sense of accomplishment. Though the harsh sun might not have done our photos justice, we had experienced an adventure that would stay with us for a long time. Caherconree had left an indelible mark on our hearts. Promontory Fort was an impressive testament to the past and a reminder of the incredible accomplishments of those who brought these stones to the top.
A nerdy deep dive into Caherconree Promontory Fort,
an ancient archaeological site in County Kerry, Ireland! This awe-inspiring hillfort offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and is steeped in history and mythology.
Caherconree Promontory Fort, located on Caherconree Mountain, is part of the Slieve Mish Mountains. This strategically positioned fort likely dates back to the Late Bronze Age to the Early Iron Age and may have been the residence of a local ruler or community.
The fort consists of multiple defensive walls and ditches surrounding a central hilltop enclosure. Archaeological finds at the site, such as pottery, stone tools, and metal objects, provide insights into the daily life and technology of its inhabitants.
In addition to its historical significance, Caherconree Promontory Fort is also intertwined with Irish mythology. According to legend, it was the home of Cú Roí, a mighty sorcerer and warrior from Irish myths.
The fort attracts numerous visitors each year who enjoy exploring the ruins, the breathtaking landscape, and Ireland’s rich history. From the top of the fort, you have a stunning view of the Dingle Peninsula, the Slieve Mish Mountains, and the Atlantic Ocean.
By following the Caherconree Pass, a winding road through the area, you can indulge in spectacular views of the landscape. Along the pass, you can also find other archaeological sites such as the Caherconree Mountain Hut Circle and the Caherconree Mountain Stone Row.
The Caherconree Pass is popular among hikers and provides access to hiking trails and outdoor activities in the vicinity. It is also a popular destination on tourist routes through County Kerry.
Beyond the well-known facts, there are also some secret tidbits about Caherconree Promontory Fort. According to local legends, there are underground tunnels and hidden treasures near the fort. Some people claim that the fort is an energetic vortex and that hidden inscriptions can be found. There have even been reports of paranormal activities, adding to the fort’s mysterious and adventurous allure.
So, get ready for a captivating exploration of Caherconree Promontory Fort, where history, mythology, and secret tales converge in a stunning setting. Explore the ruins, indulge in the breathtaking views, and who knows, perhaps you’ll discover something no one has ever seen before!
Additional information: Some information that I forgot to mention but can now add thanks to Gail. Gail is Pat’s girlfriend, a fantastic couple we met in Ireland, and her historical knowledge of Ireland is invaluable. Caherconree Fort is the highest promontory fort in Ireland. When you reach the top and see the view, you understand why it was chosen as a defensive site. On a clear day, you can even spot it on the horizon when looking south from the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, and vice versa. The fort plays a role in one of our mythological love stories between Bláthnaid (daughter of the King of the Isle of Man) and Cú Chulainn, one of Ireland’s most famous mythological warriors. A statue of the brave Cu Chullain stands in the General Post Office on Dublin’s main street, O’Connell Street.
Is this area suitable for campers/overlanders?
The pass for campers: It can be challenging for campers and large vehicles. The road is narrow and winding, with steep inclines and descents. Additionally, the weather in this area can be unpredictable, with mist and strong winds.
If you have experience driving in mountainous terrain and feel comfortable maneuvering a camper on narrow, winding roads, you may consider taking Caherconree Pass. However, it can be a challenge, especially for novice drivers or those unaccustomed to such conditions.
Parking near Caherconree Fort becomes quite challenging, if not almost impossible, especially during the peak season. An overlander can park almost anywhere, but please be mindful that the land where you park belongs to a local farmer. Therefore, it’s best to park neatly to the side. For overland trucks weighing over 3.5 tons, it’s nearly impossible to find parking spots.
Lowa: A Reliable Choice for Demanding Conditions
Throughout my military career, my preference for Lowa footwear has grown since the beginning of our training as light infantry on foot. With heavy backpacks and enduring harsh conditions, it was essential to have reliable shoes that would help us overcome challenges without complications. Lowa is one of the favorite brands for military personnel, especially in wet and rugged conditions, where the well-being of our feet is ensured.
Beyond my military work, Lowa quickly became one of my favorite brands to use during my adventures. Not only are their professional shoes top quality, but their hiking shoes are also of excellent class, especially the Lowa Renegade GTX MID. They are lightweight, sturdy, and after a whole day of walking, you hardly notice that you still have them on. It’s often one of the first things people do after an intensive day: take off their shoes. At an older age, I now realize that this is normal, but honestly, until my forties, I only realized in the evening that I still had my shoes on without any discomfort.
One of the reasons why Lowa stands out is the exceptional quality of the materials they use. The upper material is made of 100% nubuck leather. Nubuck leather is full-grain leather that has been lightly sanded on the grain side, giving it a velvety appearance. It is known for its remarkable durability, robustness, and open pores. Depending on the desired look, nubuck leather can remain untreated or be oiled or waxed.
Another important feature is the 100% GORE-TEX lining. Shoes with a GORE-TEX membrane are reliably waterproof, windproof, and breathable. This ensures that our feet stay dry and comfortable even in the most challenging weather conditions, allowing us to focus on the task at hand.
With Lowa, I have firsthand experienced the reliability and performance these shoes provide. Whether it’s trekking through rugged terrain, enduring long marches, or operating in demanding environments, Lowa has consistently delivered. Their commitment to quality and attention to detail make them a trusted companion for military personnel and anyone dealing with demanding conditions.
In conclusion, since the beginning of my military career, Lowa has been one of my top preferred choices for footwear. The combination of high-quality materials such as nubuck leather and the reliable GORE-TEX lining ensures that my feet are well-protected in challenging conditions. With Lowa, I have the confidence to overcome any obstacle, knowing that my feet are in reliable hands.
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The Legendary Love Triangle at Caherconree: Bláthnaid, Cú Chulainn, and Emer
According to legend, Bláthnaid fell in love with Cú Chulainn and desired to marry him. However, Cú Chulainn was already committed to another woman named Emer. Determined to make Cú Chulainn hers, Bláthnaid decided to abduct him and force him into marriage.
She brought Cú Chulainn to Caherconree, where the fort played a significant role in the story. Serving as a strategic defensive site, the fort offered breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.
Despite Bláthnaid’s unwavering determination to win Cú Chulainn for herself, he remained loyal to Emer. He managed to escape from Bláthnaid’s grasp and returned to Emer. The love triangle involving Bláthnaid, Cú Chulainn, and Emer is a crucial part of Irish mythology, with various interpretations and variations over time.
The tale of Bláthnaid and Cú Chulainn showcases the power of love, loyalty, and fate in Irish mythology. It also adds further significance to Caherconree as a historical and mythical location in the country.