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Ireland – Cronin’s loop

Thinking back to this hike I remember one thing very clearly – it was VERY WET! The thing with rain clouds and valleys is that the clouds get stuck. And they don’t move until they are light enough to climb over the mountain. I knew that before … this has just shown me it applies every single time. So when we got to Cronin’s Loop parking lot it drizzled a little and it was very cloudy. But you know what, I thought that I’m only there once so I’ll make the best out of it. I had these new (pricey) hiking boots that were supposed to be waterproof, so ONWARD! Well, my feet were soaked through after about 45 minutes and it stopped drizzling … because it started to rain full force. It still was a beautiful hike and I actually love these gloomy pictures no travel magazine would ever show.

Wenn ich an diese Wanderung zurueckdenke, erinnere ich mich an eines ganz genau – es war SEHR NASS. Das Ding mit Regenwolken in Taelern ist, dass sie da haengen bleiben. Und sie werden sich nicht eher da wegbewegen, bis sie sich abgeregnet haben und leicht genug sind, um ueber die Berge zu kommen. Das wusste ich auch vorher … und nun weiss ich, dass diese Theorie wirklich IMMER zutrifft. Als wir also beim Conin’s Loop Parkplatz ankamen, nieselte es traege vor sich hin und der Himmel war grau und wolkenschwer. Aber gut, was will man machen? Man ist schliessllich nur einmal im Urlaub und will das Beste draus machen. Ich hatte ja zum Glueck meine neue Wanderstiefel also LOS! Nunja, nach ungefaehr 45 Minuten waren meine Fuesse durchgeweicht und jeder Schritt machte dieses nervige, schmatzende Geraeusch, aber es hoerte zu nieseln auf – weil es richtig anfing zu regnen. Trotzdem war es eine schoene Wanderung und eigentlich gefallen mir diese duesteren Bildern, die kein Wandermagazin jemals zeigen wuerde, richtig gut.

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Ireland 3 – Mt. Brandon, Conor View, Beehives, Dun Choain, Gallarus, Kilmalkedar

Day 3 of the adventure in Ireland. I really liked this excursion because the weather was just perfect – everything was so green and the sky so wonderfully blue. But see for yourself:

Tag 3 des grossen Irlandabenteuers. Dieser Tag ist mir noch besonders in Erinnerung. Das Wetter war grandios – alles war megagruen und der Himmel azurblau! Aber schaut mal selbst:

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King Puck of Kerry (yes, the king is a goat.) Find the whole story here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puck_Fair
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The streets up to Mr. Brandon were so narrow. I was terrified of oncoming traffic but none came.
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Mt. Brandon. I don’t what to say, it’s just stunningly beautiful.

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The Conor Pass is one of the highest mountain passes in Ireland, and provides the most dramatic and scenic way of crossing from the north to south coast of the Dingle Peninsula. This narrow, twisting road runs for 12kms between the town of Dingle on the south and Kilmore Cross on the north of the peninsula. This is Conor’s View.
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Still on Conor Pass/Wild Atlantic Way
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This sea gull must be very comfortable with tourists. It just sat there and let everyone take pictures.
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Following Conor Pass and finding little farms and beehive sites on the way.

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Dun Choa.

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Dun Chaoin Pier (Dunquin) … it is an adventurous drive there! And the walk down to the beach is quite strengous.
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What a beautiful view!
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Gallarus oratory. A stunning site constructed entirely of locally sourced stones. The gradually overlapping of the stones form a slightly inward curving shape until the arch was closed at the apex of the roof
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Only a few miles from the oratory you can find Kilmalkedar with this fabulous little guy marking the hiking path.
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To the north of the church is a medieval building known as St Brendan’s House or the Priest’s House. Close to the south east corner is St Brendan’s Holy Well. Unfortunately the landowner has a large gate across the pathway denying access.
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Not far from the Priest’s House you’ll find Kilmalkedar Church with a beautiful graveyard, Ogham Stone, Sundail, Alphabet Stone and Stone crosses
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Kilmalkedar, Romanesque Church
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more Ireland – Ross Castle, Muchross House, Torc Waterfall, Ladies View

On our second day in Ireland we actually had kind of plan what we wanted to see. So we started in our little town of Kerry and drove a loop, checking off  the things on our the bucket list.

An unserem zweiten Tag in Irland hatten wir sogar einen Plan, was wir unbedingt sehen wollten. Also ging es morgens in Kerry los und immer schoen der Strasse entlang von Sehenswuerdigkeit zu Sehenswuerdigkeit.

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Ross Castle. This sight has a delightful tour which is about an hour long but time flies by when you listen to all these interesting stories about former owners, disputes over livestock and ramming down a front door while arrows rain down on you.
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Lough Leane
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Muckross House
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Muckross House and the beautiful gardens
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The mountains are such a beautiful background to the gardens.
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If you get tired just jump into one of the carriages. There are plenty of them.
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The 19th-century mansion set among mountains and woodland, with shop, cafe and working farms.
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Torc Waterfalls – you can actually hike from Muckross House to here. It’s about 2,5km, just follow the masses.
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Torc Waterfall is a 20 metres high, 110 metres long cascade waterfall formed by the Owengarriff River as it drains from the Devil’s Punchbowl corrie lake at Mangerton Mountain.
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All around the waterfall beautiful, fuzzy, overgrown with moss woods.
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Muckross Lake, the deepest of three lakes in Killarney

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Ladies View, beautiful and not only for ladies.

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I have no idea what church that is. It’s just one of those pictures I snapped along the road back to Kerry. You can tell by the smudge in the middle. 🙂

 

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Pfitschebachwasserfall/waterfall

Also wenn es von einem im Pitztal im Ueberfluss gibt, dann sind es sicher Wasserfaelle. Eigentlich kann man in jedem der Orte anhalten und mal drauflosgehen – man findet sicher einen Wasserfall!

Der Pfitschebachwasserfall lag allerdings etwas versteckt im Wald hinter einer Alm mit niedlichen Kuehen. Man musste sich schon ganz schoen anstrengen und sich einen schmalen, gewundenen Weg den Berg hochkaempfen. Aber es lohnt sich.

https://maps.pitztal.com/de/wanderung-zum-pfitschebachwasserfall,resource,22305544#resourceDetail,22305544

There’s one thing in the Pitztal in abundance – waterfalls! You just stop at every little village and sooner or later you’ll find one.

The Pfitschebachwaterfall was a little tricky to find because you can’t see it from afar. You basically have to follow a narrow path up up the hill, walk past the meadows with the cute cows, snake your way through the woods, turn a corner and there it is in all it’s glory!

https://maps.pitztal.com/de/wanderung-zum-pfitschebachwasserfall,resource,22305544#resourceDetail,22305544

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past the meadows
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cute cows everywhere
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up up up
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there it is, spraying a little refreshment for weary hikers
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hi there
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and down down down the hill
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and back to Saint Leonhard where the hike started
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Pitztalklamm – Pitztal Gorge, Austrian Alps

Today I have quite a few pictures from my hike through the Pitztal Gorge. Acutally the gorge itself was closed due to some repair work. Unfortunately I only discovered it after I had driven there and climbed down the steep path. The good thing was that there were still some really beautiful spots to see before I had to make my sweaty way back up.

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Pitztal Gorge
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nach dem Skirennläufer Benni Raich benannte Fußgängerhängebrücke über die Arzler Pitzeklamm
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94 meters high

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the river Pitze

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Rosengartenschlucht, Imst, Austria

This hike was so spectacular and very exhausting. The Schinderbach river snakes its way for 1 ½ km from the ‘blue grotto’ through the bedrock of Imst’s low mountain terraces to St. John’s church (elevation difference 250 m) and it’s just beautiful! But don’t forget your hiking shoes and bring something to drink!

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Pitztal Glacier – Pitztalgletscher, Austria

When we hiked to the Taschachalm a few days ago we saw a parking lot for hikers on the other side of a stream. We were curious and took a look why there was such a big parking lot in the middle of nowhere … well, well, well, curiosity might kill the cat but also showed her a BEAUTIFUL hike.

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