Glencar is primarily a haunt for anglers, and if you want to catch a sparkling trout for yourself or a leaping salmon then the spot for you is Glencar.
There is excellent fishing on the Caragh River and on a score of lakes, which are scattered here and there through the wild mountain valley.
The magnificent shooting is also a great attraction to sportsmen, (but I will never let Maurice get near a rifle again, especially when he starts singing.)
Glencar is, however, more than a sportsman’s resort, for such a wild and beautiful district could not fail to attract lovers of the picturesque or those who relish holidays “Far from the madding crowd”
Mountain climbing will feature in the programme of the more energetic visitor, whose ambition will be to accomplish the ascent of the MacGillicuddy`s Reeks whose main peeks-Carrantuohill, Beenkeragh, Caher and Skregmore provide a fine ridge walk, starting from Lough Acoose.
For those who prefer easier excursions, you can keep Maurice company, the valleys and recesses of this mountainous district offer innumerable opportunities for beautiful walks and drives which will not easily be exhausted.
Even in the immediate vicinity of Glencar opportunities offer themselves, for example, a delightful walk along the bank of the Upper Caragh River as far as Blackstones Bridge, or if the rambler is so inclined, the walk may be extended to Windy Gap or Glengeigh.
This walk may be varied on the next outing by following the Caragh River from Blackstones Bridge to Caragh Lake, and exploring the beautiful scenery of this fine sheet of water.
The motorist or cyclist will, no doubt, want to go further afield and a glance at the map will suggest a fine circular route. Starting at the hotel take the road to Bealalaw Bridge and then straight on through the fine Pass of Ballaghasheen. to Lisatinnig Bridge.
The walk then goes down the Inny Valley to Waterville where you can relax with a pint of the black stuff, and if you are still full of energy why not head off to Cahirciveen, and Glenbeigh and back to Glencar.
Another fine tour is through the Pass of Ballaghbeama to Parkinsilla and Sneem.
Do you know who you are? Does your great, great grandfather come from Glencar or nearby?
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