Eager, excited but somewhat nervous, nine T.Y. students departed Milltown on Wed.8th May. Destination unknown! Eventually we learned South West Kerry was to be Base Camp and the appropriately named ‘Sleepy Camel Hostel’ our home for the next two days. A quick change into our hiking gear and we were off!
Bidding farewell to Glenbeigh village, we made our way on the ‘Ring of Kerry’ route (N70) towards Curraheen. We followed, not the Yellow Brick road, but rather the narrow tarred road that climbs Seefin Mountain. An isolated farm lane overlooking beautiful Lough Carragh, took us as far Gortdirragh. Here we located a little bit of shelter under a furze bush and devoured our packed lunch. After this brief respite we climbed over the saddle through the Windy Gap. With the climbing now complete we descended through Gowlane back to Glenbeigh Village. A demanding three and a half hours later and a total of 15km on the legs.Phew!
Following hot showers it was time to hit the shops and boulevards of Glenbeigh village!! Retail therapy concluded the student catering staff cooked up a storm in the hostel kitchen.The menu included mouth-watering garlic bread and succulent chicken curry on a bed of Basmatic rice.Shoestring chips were also cooked to order. Desert included homemade brownies with a drizzle of crushed Malteesers and a scoop of ice cream. Drinking chocolate topped with marshmallows and chocolate biscuits provided the final course.Nigella eat your heart out!
An enjoyable evening of card playing, songs and games continued until the early hours of Thursday morning. Day two kicked off with a cholesterol-shocking Ulster Fry. The tour party departed the Sleepy Camel shortly before 11am and made their way along the N70 towards Cahersiveen. Crossing the Behy River we took an immediate left towards the graveyard on the route that is locally known as ‘The Block’. A dry day provided clear views of the mountain range which we had climbed the previous day. Ascending the mountain a spectacular view of Rossbeigh, Inch and Cromane awaited. Descending to the beach a welcome flat walk returned the troop to Glenbeigh. Adventure complete.
Bronze medal in the post!!
Sarah Sayers, Sarah Costello, Sarah Jennings, Siobhan Ladden, Kaylynn Lodder, Amy Cahill, Darren Nagle, Adam Bradley, Shane Hanafin, Mr.Maguire, Ms.O Sullivan.