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Kerry Way (Kenmare - Killarney)

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The Kerry Way is a 214 kilometers long circular hiking trail in County Kerry, Ireland. The circular route has a dead end starting and ending in Killarney. The marked walking route circles the Iveragh Peninsula and is officially the longest marked walking route in Ireland, usually completed in nine days.

The visualization you are currently using documents a 25 kilometer long route from the town of Kenmare in the south of the peninsula, northwards through the Killarney National Park to the town of Killarney.

Organization and course of the trip: I realized the trip on September 13, 2022. I stayed overnight in the town of Killarney. I took the first bus of the morning at 7:40 to Kenmare. While Killarney is a lively town specializing in tourism, Kenmare is a sleepy but very pleasant town. Arriving in Kenmare at 8:30 a.m., I had breakfast at a local pastry shop and stocked up on drinking water. There are many streams along the way, but the area is also pastured with flocks of sheep... but I didn't have a water filter or disinfectant tablets with me.

From the center of Kenmare I headed north along 'East park lane', meeting uniformed pupils on their way to school, and heading north along the now signposted 'Kerry Way' on Railway Road.

The morning was overcast and windy, but the walk through the hilly landscape was pleasant but lonely. That day I met only a few hikers who were walking in front of me: two young Catalans and a Pole my age. The walk took place more slowly, as I documented the entire path at a distance of 50 to 100 meters with a 360-degree photo.

The route became more lively in terms of meeting tourists upon arrival b Killarney National Park. There are organized walks starting at Muckross Lake and minibuses meet them on the dirt track or in the car park at Derrycunihy Church for the return to Killarney.

The path through the National Park is a walking path and no special fitness preparation is required. Many tourists decide to take a short walk to the Torc waterfall, and the braver ones take a hike to the 535 m high Torc mountain. Here, many streams join the Owengarriff River, which falls over the aforementioned Torc waterfall and flows into Lake Muckross below. The Kerry Way here becomes a lakeside walk, passing the local arboretum and across a picturesque park past 'Muckross House' and on to the National Park exit, just outside the suburb of Killarney.

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