On Saturday we walked Mangerton Mountain outside Killarney, a mixed group of Australians, English and some people from Cork were on the mountain with us. We started at the monument for the battle of 1262 AD at Cormacs Haggart, then a level 3 walk going up from 140m to the Devils Punch bowl outlet at 650m for a nice lunch stop.

The weather was cloudy but fine, Mangerton just clear of the clouds about with a warm feeling 17 degrees.

After that we went up around the Devils Punch bowl, with spectacular views over to Kenmare bay and the whole McGillycuddy’s reeks. After reaching the top of 834m we carried on around the steep ridge with views down into next 2 lakes, in deeply cut glacial valleys. The way down is over a rocky path, taking our time to stay comfortable and safe. Tea and cake were very welcome afterwards at Muckross House Garden Restaurant, a great walk on a good day.

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