Farraniaragh is the mountain to the immediate east of the Coomakista Pass between Waterville and Caherdaniel. Today being another lovely autumn day, and with a few hours to spare, me and Apache decided it was time to check out the view. Click here to see all of my pictures from today.
The Kerry Way long distance trail crosses the main road just before the big car park at the Coomakista Pass, so that’s where I parked up and joined the trail. After a short distance I left the Kerry Way behind: the way up to Farraniaragh (468 m) – over a ridge along sheep tracks – was obvious.
It is indeed a fine vista from the poorly marked summit (just a fence post). Derrynane, Waterville and the Beara peninsula were clearly visible. Here is where I first deviated from my original plan: a mountain called Cahernageeha (499 m) loomed on the horizon and a short while later I found myself on its summit. Again smashing views were my reward; from Blasket Islands off the Dingle peninsula to the Bull and Calf rocks off the Beara coast.
Second deviation off plan: I noticed a small track going down Cahernageeha’s eastern side leading into Caherdaniel, which seemed more interesting than simply turning around to get back to where I started.
From Caherdaniel I picked up the Kerry Way walk again, which took me and Apache through Derrynane National Park (with great views over Scariff and Deenish islands) back to our starting point up at the Coomakista Pass. At 16 km a lot longer a hike than originally planned, but worth every bit of it!
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