Coming out from Tralee I took the road to Camp.
The Milesians who came originally from Egypt, settled in Spain, and invaded Ireland in 1700 BC fought their first battle in the mountains near Camp.
The Tuatha Dé Danainn – the ruling tribe of Ireland at that time – opposed them.
Their Queen Scota and another Milesian princess Fais were among the slain.
Scota is buried on the mountainside in view of Tralee Bay at a place called Glenscoheen (Scota's Glenn).
The Milesians won the battle and the war for the conquest of Ireland.
The Kings and Queens of the Tuatha Dé Danainn were killed and legend has it their people were driven underground into forts and mounds where they became the fairies.
From Camp I carried on to Anascaul ,the giant Cu Chulainn is said to have lived in this area.
The ruins of his house and castle are said to be the cairn A (Q590 062)
in the mountains above Anascaul lake on the way to Reamore.
It was from Anascaul lake that I began my walk.
From Anascaul I took the first road to the left after The South Pole Inn and followed the signs for the lake.This road leads to the lake shore where there is room to park six or so cars B (Q583 052)
. I followed the track along the side of Garrivagh river which passes over three small bridges before gaining the plateau at approx 370 meters.
From the track end I headed for Beenoskee passing some rocky,Old Red Sandstone outcrops on generally good ground with some easily avoided patchs of bog.
As I neared the summit mats of Crowberry with pink flowers just beginning to appear were abundant.
On the rock strewn summit of Beenoskee I sat in the mist behind a small cairn for my lunch, the only views to speak of were of Loch an Choimin some 200 meters below and the rainclouds approching from the west over the Connor pass.
Thankfully the threatening rain did not fall and by the time I reached Stradbally Mountain and turned around to head for Coumbaun the murky morning had given way to glorious afternoon.
From Coumbanes grassy summit I carried on to another at Beenatoor.These are small hills when approached from this plateau but what excellent views over Brandon Bay.
I skirted around the source of the Mhacha na Bo river and back towards the track to Loch Anascaul in brilliant sunshine.
The photo was taken on the way down with Dromavally Mountain on the left, Knockmulane on the right and Loch Anascaul below in the center . Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/355/comment/2349/