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.
As 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.
At 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.)
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.
By 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.