Our host loaned us a charming book by Damien Enright called Six Easy Walks of Killarney and Kenmare. We decided to follow the Kenmare River route, which promised a pleasant ramble along the Beara Way to the boglands east of Kenmare town.
As promised, there were fine views of the Sheen River:
And an old woollen mill:
And bogs and hills:
And quiet fields along the Roughty:
What the book, published in 2004, only hinted at was this:
The river was lined with holiday homes rising out of or sinking into or dropped on top of fields and bogs. A few were stony unfinished stucco, most were the color of artificially colored butter. Some appeared occupied, others abandoned; the differences were minor and sometimes nonexistent.
Our lodging (also of fairly recent vintage) was in Killowen, next door to a ruined abbey. Even closer to the abbey, competing for space with brambles and rabbits, two more holiday homes were under construction.
Behind the abbey is a cemetery, and behind that is another partially finished holiday village. The tombs and the unbuilt foundations look awfully similar.
Over the hills near the Caha Pass is a place marked Druids View. The druids appear to be clearing the ground for more houses.
Consider the Oyster.