Wicklow Way Day 3 – Shillelagh to Moyne
For our packed lunch the next day we chose from the well stocked village shop. This was the last shop we were to see for three days! In Shillelagh people went out of their way to be friendly, helpful and always had time for a chat.
We felt very privileged to be shown Liam’s workshop. Liam has researched the origins of the Shillelagh stick and showed us how they were made, taking three years. It was fascinating to listen to his in-depth knowledge about this traditional craft.
Another showery start to the day. Liam dropped us off back by the Dying Cow and it wasn’t long before we were off the road and heading up a farm track. We soon climbed up to a moorland area where we had great views. Surrounded by sheep, we were soon able to discard our cagouls and relax into our walking.
We met our first walker, travelling north to south, whilst eating our picnic lunch. Passing a memorial on the hill to a doctor killed in a shooting accident, we followed the well marked track down to the valley, and spotted the first footpath signs we’d seen.
When we reached the part where we had to leave the Way ‘Kyle Farmhouse‘ was well signposted and we set off up the hill to find our night’s accommodation. We were welcomed with a cheery wave by the farmer bringing the cows in for milking. We later found out this was Hugh Coogan, our host. It seemed a long way, that last stretch, after a day’s walking but the setting and welcome cup of tea made us forget about that.
Hugh and Margaret Coogan are keen walkers and Hugh has negotiated with local farmers to created three circular walks in the area. The Kyle loop which crosses Hugh’s land is newly published in a book ‘Walking in Ireland‘ by Christopher Somerville. We enjoyed a relaxed supper, cooked by Margaret and had a good chat with Hugh by the fire.