Gap of Dunloe New Years 2014

This Christmas I made a last minute decision to make a run for the hills, or the MacGillycuddys Reeks to be exact for a bit of a break from Dublin. We packed up the Trooper with everything we might need, from climbing packs and boots, to road bikes and a drone. Four hours and a gas station later, we were in Killarney looking across the National park as the sun dipped below the horizon. Over the next few days we hiked around, including Mangerton Mountain before the weather gods decided to rain on our parade. The above video is evidence of our parade being rained on. The river Owenreagh burst it’s banks resulting in ideal kayaking conditions, something the locals did not let pass unanswered. Ironically, the next day being our road trip back to Dublin, we awoke to blue skies and a waiting sun. Not to let the opportunity slip by, we raced down to the Gap of Dunloe and I chucked the Drone in the air to grab some stills of a completely transformed landscape.

This latest trip just proved that whether it rains or shines, Kerry is simply awesome! I’ll be back there this summer and my next photo will be taken from the top of Carrauntoohil.

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The Gap of Dunloe, Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry, Ireland

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Looking across towards the MacGillycuddys Reeks

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Hiking up Mangerton Mountain, Killarney National Park, Kerry, Ireland.

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Looking across Augher Lake

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The Black Lake @ the Gap of Dunloe, Killarney

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Augher Lake.

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The trooper allowed us to wade through flooded roads the day before, and view nature at work.

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A washed out Killarney, complete with Christmas lights.

 

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