The last two days were spectacular as far as the touring was concerned, but a little frustrating for the blog. Today I thought I took tons of really great video and was looking forward to sharing that, only to find out that my darn GoPro must have been set on “photo burst” instead of video. Where I expected about a dozen short videos, I ended up with 2000 still photos of no use. These darn electronics are so complicated and try to do so many things that they are impossible to operate, especially when driving. Very disappointing, so you will have to make do with a lot of pix.
I am on Ireland’s southwestern coast, called the Wild Atlantic Way. If you look at the map you will see that there are several “fingers” sticking out into the Atlantic. These are the remnants of ancient fjords, just like in Norway, but much, much older. These fingers are referred to as “heads” as usually they end in a dramatic cliff that falls into the sea. I am driving around all these fingers, as close to the ocean as possible. The Irish Tourist Board makes this easy as they have signposted the routes (which I also have in my Garmin) and marked all the best lookout points and similar.
Here is my Day 3 drive on Google Maps, in two parts (morning and afternoon).
As you can see, the drive took me from my hotel in Kinsale around two peninsulas, the second and larger one being Mizen Head, one of the most scenic.
I made several stops enroute, but the most interesting was at the Dromberg Stone Circle. When I arrived, I was the only one there, very eerie! See more info in the photos below.
Also interesting is the island of Bere off the coast. During Viking times, they would stash their captured slaves and booty on this island until they had enough stuff to sail back to Norway.
Overnight was in the tourist town of Bantry. Cute little harbor, tiny room on the third floor above the pub. No elevator. I went up, got ready for dinner, went down and them back up. One and done. Ended up with an early night which was just fine. The promised live music didn’t start until 9:30, too late for me!
Day 4 was a spectacular drive around the Beara Peninsula.
The highlights were Dursey Island, at the very tip and the Healy Pass. The Pass was actually detour I just couldn’t pass up (no pun intended). Sometimes you take a side road in life and it turns out to be the best decision you ever made. Needless to say, the name Healy made it a must do. The Pass essentially runs from one side of the peninsula to the other, cutting the travel time between those two points by about 75%. Spectacular views as you will see in the pix. The video would have been priceless.
Tonight, I am in another fishy town, Kenmare. Another cute town, another pub room. The music starts at 7:30, so maybe you will get some video in the next post. Tomorrow it’s off to do the famous Ring of Kerry.
Sorry these posts are a little short on words, but long on photos. Just no time to write a lot.
PHOTOS BELOW OF THE STONE CIRCLE
PHOTO BELOW GOES WITH THE SIGN ABOVE, YOU CAN CLEARLY SEE THE REMAINS OF THE COOKING SITE.
AT WINTER SOLSTICE THE SUN WOULD HAVE SET BETWEEN THE TWO MAIN STONES AND ABOVE THE ALTAR STONE.
CASTLE WHERE I HAD MY BREAKFAST, NO CHANCE OF GAINING WEIGHT HERE!
WHERE I HAD MY LUNCH, A SIMPLE LOCAL CRAB SANDWICH, WHICH WAS OUTSTANDING.
BEACHES IN IRELAND! MANY OF THEM AND MOSTLY EMPTY.
PHOTOS ABOVE AND BELOW OF MIZEN HEAD. THERE IS A SIGNAL STATION HERE THAT YOU COULD WALK DOWN TO, AND THEN 99 STEPS BACK UP!
THE CABLE CAR TO DURSEY ISLAND
I TURNED AROUND HERE!
THE ROUTE AROUND THE BEARA PENINSULA
AND ONTO HEALY PASS