FIRST: The walking surface makes a huge difference.
Upto now, hill walking has generally been on the Dingle peninsula and is substantially on grass or rough paths formed in grass. Galtymore is accessed by a rough stone path followed by a heathery bog.
On the way up, there was a sense of disappointment leaving the hard surface for the wetter sinking boggy surface. On the way down the heather was welcome for the yielding cushioned sensation it provided. Going from that soft surface back to the uneven hard rocky surface made the road home even longer.
A lesson in being careful what one wishes for.
Food Stop - On way up
Smallies Leading The Way
SECOND: Smallies have great stamina
Our party of three adults and four children between 7 and 10 [EDIT: actually between 6 and 10] . The children came into their own at the shoulder between Galtymore and Galtybeg when the slope increased substantially and they appeared to speed up as us adults slowed.
Their lungs and legs were not slowing them down.
THIRD: I was told that on a good day, one can see all six counties of Munster from the top of Galtymore. The clouds were not very low but Kerry and Clare remained beyond our vision.
The views were distant but they were of different contours of countryside. It convinced me that I definitely prefer views over the sea – water providing more interest to me, possibly due to the movement of the tides providing an ever changing image or the sense of a hidden layer.