Bray Head Loop, Valentia Island, County Kerry, Ireland

Bray Head Loop Walk {Ireland} (17/48)

Ring of Kerry, Cliffs, Ireland

Driving the Ring of Kerry was a must-do on our Ireland itinerary, but it is over 100 miles long and even with several stops along the way, we found ourselves much in need of a longer leg stretch after lunch.

So we were thrilled to find the Bray Head Loop Walk on Valentia Island.

Bray Head Loop, Valentia Island, County Kerry, Ireland

On a clear day, Bray Head is well loved for its views of the Skellig Islands on one side and the Dingle Peninsula on the other. These sights were shrouded in mist the day we were there, but we still enjoyed this windy walk to the edge of this part of the world.

Bray Head Loop, Valentia Island, County Kerry, Ireland

The cliff views were unobstructed. The raw beauty of this walk reminded me of the day I spent walking Malin Head, the most northerly bit of Ireland. You have to keep a reverent distance from the edge, especially with the high winds, but I love the wild freedom of it all.

Bray Head Loop, Valentia Island, County Kerry, Ireland

The way back is over a boggy area full of heather fields, so after keeping a close reign on everyone near the cliffs, we let them run free back down.

Bray Head Loop, Valentia Island, County Kerry, Ireland

I tried to snap a shot of all four kids together, but the wind was not cooperating.

Bray Head Loop, Valentia Island, County Kerry, Ireland

I would love to go back and walk this route on a clear day and even take one of the boats out to the famed Skellig Michael, but this afternoon of walking with my people was pretty perfect.

Bray Head Loop, Valentia Island, County Kerry, Ireland

When we got back in the car to drive the rest of the Ring, everyone got quiet and Simon even fell asleep.

More photos of this walk and our whole day driving The Ring of Kerry on Google+

Oh and here’s a map of where to find this walk on the Ring of Kerry:

Bray Head Loop Walk, Valentia Island, County Kerry, Ireland

Where are you walking this month?

Here are a few more walks from our community of walkers: Ellen and Jen

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