A River Runs Through the Ring of Kerry

Caragh River Near Ballintleave, Ring of Kerry, IrelandCaragh River, Ring of Kerry, Ireland.

The Caragh River originates on the southern slopes of Macgillicuddy’s Reeks* then runs through about half a dozen loughs, including Lough Caragh, before it flows under the N70 (the Ring of Kerry road) and on into Dingle Bay. Apparently, the Caragh River is an area recommended for fly fishing and a habitat for the rare Kerry slug. But I didn’t know any of this when my husband and I set off to see the Ring of Kerry in Ireland.

Caragh River View Towards Commaun, Ring of Kerry, IrelandAs we drove along the N70, down the road from Killorglin and just before Ballintleave, we saw cars and busses parked tightly along the side of the road. As soon as we could, we pulled over, then walked back to see what all the fuss was about. Look at the picture above and you’ll see for yourself. It was the Caragh River.

Bridge Near Caragh River, Ring of Kerry, IrelandThe area beside the river was picturesque, too. This photo was taken of the landscape west of the river.

Caragh River Near Ballintleave, Ring of Kerry, IrelandHere’s an upstream view of the Caragh River as it bends towards the N70.

Man with Goat Near Caragh River, Ring of Kerry, IrelandAt the pullout along the road, we met this young gentleman with his own portable petting zoo. He was sweet and gentle and willing to talk, answer questions, and have photos taken of him and his animals. (I cropped my husband out of this photo, but I assure you that he’s very handsome.)

Donkey Near Caragh River, Ring of Kerry, IrelandAs sweet as the man was, I felt a bit sorry for the animals. His mini-donkey seemed lethargic, but maybe it was just well trained.

Dog Near Caragh River, Ring of Kerry, IrelandHis dog was alert, well dressed, and obedient, staying on top of the donkey and accepting pats and scratches without a flinch.

My husband gave the man a few Euro in exchange for me taking some photos. The young man explained to us that he takes very good care of the animals, because they need each other. We’d like to think that we helped him to feed his companions.

Caragh River View Towards Commaun Near Ballintleave, Ring of Kerry, IrelandBy the time we finished taking photos with the young man and his animals, most of the cars and coaches had left. We took just a few more moments alone to enjoy this beautiful view looking south towards Commaun.

* Macgillicuddy’s Reeks is a mountain range in County Kerry, Ireland, which includes the highest peaks in Ireland and the only peaks on the island that are over 1,000 m. or 3,300 ft. My husband and I both love saying “Macgillicuddy’s Reeks,” but especially my husband. I can’t tell you how many times we said “Macgillicuddy’s Reeks” while driving the Ring of Kerry. Lovely mountains, great name.

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About satnavandcider

An American expat living in England, exploring the United Kingdom and Europe through five senses and a camera lens.
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4 Responses to A River Runs Through the Ring of Kerry

  1. Poor little donkey looks over worked and not happy.

    • I’m sad to read that you think so. The donkey did not seem happy, but I know little to nothing of donkeys and, with my exposure to the literary character Eeyore, I thought that might just be how donkeys are.

  2. Monique says:

    Oh, that dog! I can’t say if the animals are happy or not, but with that coat he’s a doggy fashion icon.

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