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Gleninchaquin Park

Location

Kerry Map

OS Ref: V 854 623

Last Visited: 2010

The Waterfall

The Waterfall

In a land that has no established network of footpaths, and has just discovered the twin joys of litigation and fences, it can sometimes be frustratingly difficult to get away from the roads.

Not so at Gleninchaquin Park. Not only is it some 6.5km (4m) up a long windy track from the nearest main road, it also boasts a range of way-marked tracks to suit all ages and abilities. We took the main track up to Cummeenadilllure Lough and then returned via the Heritage Trail.

One of the Famine Houses

One of the Famine Houses

This passes the remains of two famine houses, traditional Kerry 'cabins', one of which was restored a few years ago. Unfortunately the current financial crisis in Ireland, it looks like it is well on its way to return to its ruined state.

Gleninchaquin Sheep

Gleninchaquin Sheep

The park's pride and joy is its waterfall (or water-slide for the pedants among you). When I visited in September, it was at its least spectacular, needless to say, but it was still impressive enough.

Elsewhere on the site there is an eclectic mix of odd sculptures, a water garden, a sensory garden, an Art Gallery and other bits and pieces, none of which are that impressive.

For opening times, etc. please see the official site detailed below.