I haven’t been very posty this week and it’s not for lack of material. There are still so many photos and stories from last weekend that I want to share. My big problem is that I have been doing night shift all week. Starting at 10pm and finishing at 7am. When I’m not working I am sleeping. I am now used to going to bed dark, waking up dark and working throughout the cold winter nights.
This is a huge disadvantage, because I love blogging and popping up pictures of my little adventures. Some of the most fun in last weekend’s trip to Killarney was had driving through the Gap of Dunloe in some very threatening weather. The whole time I was thinking about the Lord of the Rings and how this landscape is so suited to those legendary stories.
Bearna an Choimín, Gap of the Common Land, or the Gap of Dunloe is a forbidding looking mountain pass in County Kerry. This is exactly how I envisioned the Gap of Rohan in The Lord of the Rings and I half expected to see Isengard nestled into the mountains! The Gap of Dunloe divides the Purple Mountains to the east and Macgillycuddy’s Reeks to the west. It is about 11km of narrowness that is passable by a sometimes very narrow road. This is why, particularly in the summer, it is recommended that people cycle, use horse and carts or walk through the pass rather than drive it themselves.
Since it was the middle of winter and we were only going to encounter a few other local drivers we decided to drive it. There are 11 lakes within the pass and they are all gorgeous with little troll-esque bridges that Tiernan inhabited for a while. I was attracted to the purples and burnt ambers. I think it would be a fabulous place to rock climb and paint in the summer.
We went straight down to the Gap of Dunloe of Saturday afternoon after having driven down from Dublin that morning. This made for a long day, but there was a lot of laughter and snacking! We can out of the Gap on the Kenmare/Sneem side and drove back to Killarney through Moll’s Gap and Ladies View. By the time we got into town we were quite sick of lakes and ready to settle in to see… The Hobbit(!) at the local cinema!
Oh how many references!