Hike from Killarney through the National Park to Black Valley Hostel
The Killarney National Park on Ireland. Tour report of my walk from Killarney through Killarney National Park to Black Valley Hostel.
Killarney – Arrival at the central bus station
In the village Killarney I buy a hiking map and get some useful information. However, I should have relied on my gut feeling when hiking and head for the mountains on the right. So I am finally over an hour on the road and realize that I’m simply at the wrong end of the lake.
Turn back now? For me now no longer in question, even if this will be the longer way with certainty …
Through the Killarney National Park
So I wander through the famous Killarney National Park and am indeed impressed by the views, but the route is quite monotonous and monotonous for a long time.
On gravel roads I feel in the Fichtelgebirge not well. Speaking of FG, the vegetation here is absolutely similar to my home. Hard to believe, but true: stinging nettles, clover, brambles, Hartheu and many more plants, even the weeds I know?
I feel the weight of my Lowe Alpine backpack clearly and the following distance will have a negative impact on my feet. On the country road I walk now more than 10 km with my hiking boots (Dolomite Pordoi), which were not developed for it.
Although there is also a hiking trail, but that would mean far more than 5 additional kilometers. Therefore, I accept the problems of the asphalt and the road guidance and walk briskly for two hours until I finally turn right.
Final spurt or something like that …
Now at least the most beautiful part of the day follows. Varied, through a small grove and with special views to the mountains and back. Nevertheless, it is another two hours and finally over 6 hours for the 37 km. It’s enough for today.
The Black Valley Hostel in nowhere
The hostel is in the Black Valley and apart from a few houses away, there is really nothing there. So I am dependent on the small shop, also as far as the food is concerned.
On the way and due to the exhaustion and aching feet I actually wanted to postpone the ascent of Carrauntoohil the day after tomorrow to regenerate me.
A test of the mattress lets me quickly put this project to rest and reschedule …
Hike from Killarney to Black Valley Hostel at a glance