Kinsale Cionn tSáíle “head of the sea”

It has been said that the history of Kinsale is the history of Ireland itself. Originally a medieval fishing town and port – Kinsale is one of the most picturesque, popular and historic towns on the south west coast of Ireland. Having served as Ireland’s gateway for many legendary sailors, pirates and historical figures including Walter Raleigh who introduced the potato to Europe ( before he lost his head!). It was at St Multose Church in Kinsale that Charles II of England, Scotland and Ireland was crowned in 1649 –( X years after the battle of Kinsale).
Take in the coastal beauty and stunning surrounding countryside on one of the many scenic walks around Kinsale and the surrounding hamlets of Summercove, Barley Cove and Sandy Cove. A brisk walk out of town will bring you to the Dock beach and James’s Fort, or out towards Charle’s Fort via the Scilly walk past some choice restaurants – a perfect spot to catch the sunset.

If you were here in 1601, you would have witnessed a heady battle which essentially sealed the fate of Gaelic Ireland. The Irish princes Hugh Roe O ‘Donnell and Hugh O’ Neill, allied with forces of the Spanish empire of Philip III of Spain and Portugal against the colonial forces of the Crown of England led by Charles Blount, 8th Baron Mountjoy.
Alas for the Irish, the Spanish forces went awry, the battle was lost.

Ireland’s native regal class took sail to mainland Europe in what is remembered as “The Flight of the Earls”. The Earls of Tír Eoghan ( Tyrone) and Tír Conaill (Donegal) were numbered among those departing in the hope of returning to strike again for Ireland. They were to endure a gruelling march to Rome but to no avail. The leader (NAME) was assasinated in X . Shortly after this battle, James Fort was built to protect the harbour.

Local historians are on hand offering uniquely informative walks around the town. Another notable feature is Kinsale’s role following the sinking of the HMS Lusitania in 1915 where 1,198 people lost their lives. Today, a dedicated Lusitania museum is open in the old signal tower on the Old Head of Kinsale.

Setting out from Kinsale towards West Cork you are entering the picturesque coastline dotted with towns where gaily painted houses sport fragrant flowers in the dappled light of summer. From shelterd sandy coves to long sandy beaches, jagged cliffs and rocky headlands- West Cork offers a haven for those who wish to taste the fresh air never straying far from good food, good company and a cosy Irish welcome. Outdoor activities in West Cork allow ample time to fully appreciate the beautiful countryside. There are many options for horse-riding, snorkeling, golfing, cycling and hillwalking to name but a few.
Take to the water for an unforgettable whale watching experience, join a local guide for some deep sea angling or go island hopping. Visit the Irish speaking Oileán Chléire on a boat from Baltimore, or brave the cable car crossing at Dursey sound. West Cork is sure to inspire and awaken you senses as it has done for the many artists, craftsmen and writers who have made their homes here. Here is a gateway to some of the most beathtaking scenery in the world as you begin your journey along Ireland’s wild atlantic.

 

www.kinsale.ie

Courtmacsherry – Cúirt Mhic Shéafraidh

A gem of a town, Courtmacsherry stretches along Courtmacsherry Bay with lush woodlands rising behind. Here you can choose to rent a boat and take a closer look at the coast for yourself. You may even catch a glimpse of the elusive Coutrmacsherry Whale!

A branch of a family of Norman settlers known as Hodnetts changed their name to MacSeafraidh (Son of Geoffrey) which was later anglicised to MacSherry of McSharry. This is where the town of Courtmacsherry got its name. One descendent of a “Courtmacsherry Hodnett”, Patrick MacSheafraigh from Antrim travelled to America in 1745 and founded macSherrystown in Adams county, Pennsylvania.

www.courtmacsherry.ie

Clonakilty – Cloch na Coillte “Stone of the Woods”

Ireland’s first “Fair Trade” town. In 1292 a charter was given to Thomas De Roach to hold a market every Monday at Kilgarriffe (then called Kyle Cofthy or Cowhig’s Wood), close to where the present town now stands. As its name suggest Clonakilty has been a very wooded area, and nature is close to the hearts of this rural community. There is even a community woodland, community gardens and a unique all weather attraction, the “Jungle Park” featuring unique animal sculptures have been decorated by a local or international artist. Take a relaxing walk at the Lisselan Gardens or take in the ocean views at Inchydony beach.

One of Ireland’s most captivating republican leaders, Michael Collins, was born close to Clonakilty in Woodfield Farm. In 1919 he founded the IRA (Irish Republican Army). For ten days in 1922 he was head of the Irish Free State prior to his being ambushed and murdered at Bandon in Co. Cork by Irish Republicans opposed to the 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty. Learn more about this Irish hero at the Michael Collin’s Centre here.

Today, Clonakilty is a leading voice for environmental awareness with a 2020 vision for local energy and many exciting community initiatives. There are also community bikes initiative, what better way to explore the local scenery, chat with the locals and take the air!

www.clonakilty.ie

Rosscarbery – Ross Ó gCairbre “Wood of the Carberys”

Located on a tidal inlet about one kilometre from the Atlantic, Roscarberry is known as a haven for wildlife who make their home in its rugged coastline and lush surrounding countryside. Unspoilt Owenahincha beach here offers a great day of exploring. Here visitors can travel down to Warren strand with its rolling dunes or travel further towards Rosscarberry Pier for a spot of fishing by the sea. Steps lead up from the pier on to the western headland with its rugged cliffs and panoramic view of both bay and ocean.

Lovers of nature can avail of some wonderful opportunities to visit many special creatures in their pristine natural surroundings. Lovers of adventure will enjoy the Smuggler’s Cove Adventure Centre which offers the pirate themed adventure golf, Smugglers timber maze, fully floodlight golf driving range, coffee shop, and a spectacular viewing deck, available all year round. From July to September, they also open Ireland’s largest Corn Maize Maze which is a big hit with young families. For those more inclined to the water, the Lagoon Adventure Centre offers boats and thrills for all the family.

Around the 6th century, Rosscarbery was one of the major cities in Europe. Today, the town is a relaxed haven with plenty to see and do.

www.roscarbery.ie

 

Skibbereen – An Sciobairín

This bustling market town of Skibbereen retains its local colourful and friendy feel and has much to offer including world class food, unique shops, live music and all only 5kms from the nearest beach.

Drombeg stone circle has been a megalithic site of stature for thousands of years and is one of the more intact circles in Cork. For more recent history,Skibbereen’s Heritage Centre offers an insight into the devastating legacy suffered in this area following those infamous years of the 1840’s. Thousands died and Skibbereen was especially affected lending a passion and fire to the minds of local people in their striving for justice following such brutal suffering. The area was to emerge at the forefront in all great movements towards national freedom seeking independence for Ireland. Today Mc Carthy remains the town’s most common surname. This is no surprise as prior to 1600, most of the local land belonged to the McCarthy tribe!

Lough Hyne, close to Skibbereen is Ireland’s first marine wildlife reserve, offering a wonderful place to walk and enjoy the scenery. For those who like to take to the water, a whale and dolphin watching trip may be just the thing, or you may rather a relaxing trip to Heir Island for a romantic pic nic.

www.skibbereen.ie

Baltimore – Dún na Séad “Fort of the Jewels”

The name Baltimore is an Anglicisation from the Irish, “Baile an Tí Mór”, or town of the big house. The first records refer to Baltimore as a seat of one of Ireland’s most ancient dynasties, the once mighty Corcu Loígde, site of former Kings of Tara and Kings of Munster. In ancient times, Dún na Séad served as a sanctuary for Ireland’s Druidic class. The placename is also associated with the ancient traditional festival of Bealtaine.

Today Baltimore is a main ferry port of the West Cork region, and a great place from which to explore Sherkin Island, Cape Clear Island, the eastern side of Roaring Water Bay ( Lough Trasna) or Carberry’s Hundred Isles.. One of the most notable landmarks in the area is the 50ft white stone construction of the Baltimore Beacon also known locally as Lot’s Wife or “pillar of salt”.
Due largely to the number and variety of shipwreck in the bay, Baltimore also has become a
popular venue for scuba diving. These include a Second War submarine(U-260), the bulk carrier Kowloon Bridge and the Alondra from 1916.

www.baltimore.ie

The Sack of Baltimore

The sea brought pirates from the African coastal town of Algiers one balmy summer’s night in 1631. The locals were rudely awakened.

On the night of June 17th 1631, two ships from Algiers arrived and anchored at Baltimore, this quiet coastal town. They ransacked the entire town and took away all 163 souls, the entire population of the town – back to North Africa. It has been noted that a number of the inhabitants of North Africa have red hair and blue eyes. Historians of the 19th century have claimed that they are descendants of these captives from Ireland. However, with the possible exception of five people, all of the hostages taken from Baltimore on that fated night, were in fact English. Baltimore was then a “planted” town occupied by settlers. The leader of the Baltimore expedition was in fact a Dutchman!

“All, all asleep within each roof along that rocky street,
And these must be the lovers with gently gliding feet.
A stifled fast! A dreamy noise! The roof is in a flame.
From out their beds and through their doors rush maid and sire and dame.
And meet upon the threshold stone the gleaming sabre’s fall
And o’er each black and bearded face the white or crimson shawl,
The yell of “Allah” breaks above the prayer and shriek and roar –Oh Blessed God, the Algerine is Lord of Baltimore:”
The Sake of Baltimore written some 200 years after the event by Thomas Davis.

This tale of contact between Ireland and Africa is not unique. To learn more of how the island culture has been shaped through dealings with Africa, Spain and the far east see The Atlantean Irish by Bob Quinn. The above excerpt was taken from page 69.

 

Schull – An Sciol
Approaching Schull you have the choice to turn left towards Roaring Water Bay or the right turn will take you towards mount Gabriel whose peak forms the highest point on the peninsula.
Set in outstanding natural beauty , Schull is an idyllic place to visit. Prevailing south-westerly winds have crossed over 2000 miles of open sea to meet you – marvellously clear and clean. The safe and welcoming harbour provides a gateway to the many islands off-shore and the Atlantic ocean beyond.
This is an excellent base for water-sports, pony trekking, or simply exploring the wonderful wildlife and archaeology of the peninsula. Schull also boasts a unique planetarium where one can marvel at the night sky. Explore the boatyard, catch the local market or make a date for some fine dining. Schull is also home to the popular Fastnett Film Festival.

www.schull.ie

 

Mizen head –Corn Uí Néid

Heading south-west from Ballydehob, its banks of fragrant fuscia and elegant roadside strewn with cow parsley and fields of yellow gorse makes a startling contrast to occasional purple grey rocks exposed. Heading along the spine of the peninsula you’ll find yourself in a meandering maze of roads, looping, zig zagging, intersecting one another again and again – if it wasn’t for the GPS system, you may find yourself joyously lost! This area was once, before that infamous Potato Famine, one of the most densely populated areas in Ireland. In 1841, almost 20,000 souls lived here- enjoying the fertile land, mild climate and generous countryside. Almost every field could be a home, and every scrap of land that could grow potatoes was used. By 2002, the population of this area was just 3,000. Wat we see now as unspoilt countryside, holds the memories of many deserted homes.

Located five miles from Goleen, the Mizen Head Signal Station is open to the public . Set in a spectacular location on high cliffs, this offers an authentic all weather experience. To reach the signal station you’ll pass 99 steps and over a towering arched bridge. A bastion at the most southerly point of Ireland, this station was built to save lives off the treacherous rocks of the Atlantic.

Despite its being the least mountainous peninsula, Mizen is a place that reveals the geology ancient sandstone most clearly. Vast purple grey quantities have been twisted and lifted at impossible angles , its original sediment surfaces warped and contoured by aeons of time and powers we can barely comprehend. Here the Signal Tower, was also one of Marconi’s first telegraph stations – heralding the telecommunications revolution that we live in today.
To the south, the shilouette of Fastnet Rock Lighthouse, Ireland’s Teardrop was the last landfall seen by the thousands of emigrants who left ireland’s shores for America.

www.mizenhead.ie

 

Sheeps Head Peninsula – Rinn Mhuintir Bháire

The Sheeps Head Peninsula extends into the Atlantic close to the Gulf stream and so, it is said, offers the mildest climate in all of Ireland. There are three quaint villages here, Durrus ( the home of famous Durrus cheese ), Ahakista, and Kilcrohane.
Here, the Sheep’s head Way is popular with walkers It is a route rich in archaeological sites, this forms an 88 km long-distance trail which follows old tracks and road around the peninsula from Bantry to the headland and back. You can stop for a chat and some delicious home-made food at the Sheeps head café or visit the charming craft outlets on your journey around the peninsula. The trail can be walked any time between April and October and is divided into eight stages – each representing half a day’s walking.

www.the sheepsheadway.ie

 

Bantry – Beanntraí “Place of Beann’s People”

Located at the head of Bantry Bay, a deep-water gulf extending for 30 km (19 miles) to the west, Bantry has a rich local history. Here you will discover a historic port and well-appointed market town with a wonderfully laid back atmosphere, caressed by the Atlantic’s salty air. Bantry House, which looks over the town has a lively programme of festivals and events including the world renowned “Masters of Tradition” festival in DATE. The annual literary gathering brings an international array of talent to the town for an engaging week of readings, workshops and inspiration.

Bantry claims an ancient connection to the sixty-century saint Brendán the Navigator famous for his book NAME . He is recorded as the first person to discover America.

 

The Bantry Longboat –MARITIME HERITAGE

In December 1796, hot on the heels of Revolution, the French set anchor just outside Bantry Bay. These sailing ships were gaily painted in Red, White and Blue, the colours of the revolution. Unfortunately for the sailors, bad weather preventing them landing in Bantry port. The army itself consisted of 48 ships and 15,000 troops under the command of General Hoche, and with Irish leader Wolfe Tone on board.

Most of the fleet returned to France due to the bad weather but one ship’s longboat, used in a French scouting landing, washed ashore with her crew on the nearby Bere Island. The men and their vessel were captured and the longboat, known today as the Bantry Longboat was brought to the boathouse at Bantry House where she was to lay for 150 years.

This original longboat is the oldest surviving vessel in the French navy.
In 1944, she was presented to the National Museum of Ireland.
In 1977, she was lent to the Maritime Institute of Ireland which exhibited her in the National Maritime Museum of Ireland, Dún Laoghaire, until 2003, where a scale model is now displayed.
She was restored at the Liverpool Museum and put on display in the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks. Cork’s Atlantic Challenge are building their own Bantry Longboat – look out for them at the Cork Maritime Festival !

 

Glengarrif – An Gleann Garbh “The Rugged Glen”

Glengarrif is a gateway to the Beara Peninsula, famous for it’s staiking natural beauty and deep tranquillity. This has been a popular holiday destination since the 1700’s. Glengarrif is also known to be one of the few areas in either Ireland or Britain to retain much of its ancient woodlands which once covered these islands. Here one can visit “Ireland’s Eden” an interactive sculpture garden, the unique Future Forests, The Hollys centre for Sustainability or explore Glengarrif’s Bamboo park.

 

Garnish Island –Isle na Cuillin “Island of Holly”

Located in the sheltered Glengarrif harbour Garnish Island is a world renowned Island garden of memorable beauty. Here you will find rare tropical plants thriving thanks to the influence of the warming currents of the Gulf stream. Notable guests who have stayed on this Island include writers George Bernard Shaw, who stayed on the island in 1923 while writing his play, Saint Joan, and the poet, artist and mystic Æ (George Russell). Garnish Island is open to the public from April until October.

www.glengarriff.ie

Bere Island –An tOileán Mór

Located just 2kms offshore from the fishing port of Castletownbere Bere Island retains a distinct easy charm of rural Ireland. The Slieve Miskish and Caha Mountain ranges of the Beara Peninsula tower over the island providing a dramatic backdrop. Home to a population of just over 200, the island is roughly 11km x 5kms a size that is manageable for walkers and cyclists. History remembers this Island as the place where the Bantry Longboat ran aground – where the hopes of the French and Ireland’s 1798 Rebellion lay at the mercy of a catastrophic storm.

Due to its strategic location, Bere Island offers a very interesting heritage. Rich in archaeological sites dating from the Bronze Age through the Medieval times, here you can explore ring forts, standing stones, wedge tombs and burial sites. At various stages the British constructed Martello towers, a signal tower, military barracks and a military fortification which hosts two six inch guns mall of which can be seen today. A quiet island paradise for bird watchers and plant lovers to delight at the many species to be found on land and at the water’s edge.

www.bereisland.net

Dursey Island – Oileán Baoi

Dursey is an Island separated from the mainland by a narrow stretch of water called the Dursey Sound. This channel has a very strong tidal race, with a reef of rocks in the centre of the channel which is submerged at high tides. This peaceful island is 6.5km long and 1.5km wide with only a handful of permanent residents. It is connected to the mainland by Ireland’s only cable car. Ballynacallagh, Kilmichael and Tillickafinna the island’s three historic villages sit east to west across the island. Quite a few of the buildings that comprised these villages can still be seen today. Another once bustling community lost to the famine and to emigration surely has tales of its own. Today nothing but stones remain to echo mumbling memories of long vanished inhabitants. As Dursey has no shops, pubs or restaurants, visitors are well advised to bring food and water if they plan to go for a walk or stay for a night here.

www. Durseyisland.ie

Adrigole – Eadargóil “between two inlets”

Adrigole is where today’s global ban on CRC’s took root in the work of scientist Sir James Lovelock, author of the Gaia theory of the earth – sitting in his holiday cottage in Adrigole one summersa day of 1968. Looking out at the thick smog that lay across the village he started to wonder : “could this be caused by industrial pollution blowing across from Europe on an easterly wind?” he wondered. Having some years previously invented an ECD or electron capture device, to measure air pollution he was thus able to confirm that this smog was, in fact, industrial pollution. It was made up largely of Chlorofluorocarbons – CFC’s. Thus, Adrigole became the first in a worldwide network of Atmospheric Pollution monitoring stations. Further research uncovered the startling fact that CFC’s were the main cause of the thinning of the earth’s ozone layer.

Lovelock’s Gaia theory posits that planet Earth is itself a self-regulating living entity that continuously adjusts the elements to create the best physical and chemical environment to sustain life. Gaia was a Greek earth mother goddess figure MORE.

Looking out ahead from Adrigole, we are facing an increasingly bare and rocky landscape of the Beara Peninsula. Far from the crowd and din of the cities small local pubs and café’s offer cosy shelters. Here in the rural periphery, the spirit of ancient lore lives on. The Beara Peninsula is home to the tales of the Hag of Beara. If you take a notion to explore this rocky interior landscape of the peninsula you may even chance to come upon her rocky form – frozen for all time but alive in local imagination.

The Beara Peninsula

Of all the peninsulas in the south west that I have travelled, Beara is the one that feels oldest. Looking closely, one can see how the wind and rain have eaten into the rock such that today only stubs remain of once towering peaks.

The Hag of Beara

An Chailleach Beara, “The Hag of Beara” is a most famous and ancient inhabitant of the peninsula. A fine woman who once had the gift of perpetual youth th eChalilleach is said to have aged seven times asn then become young again each time marrying a king, watching him age and then becoming young once more.

This immortal woman would take herself to bath once every one hundred years in a mountain stream – thus completing her transformation and eternal youth. However, her plans were foiled one early morning when, startled by dogs, she turned and so missed her chance to bathe at the appointed time. She turned to stone. And so she remains to this day.

 

Castletown Bere – Bearhaven Baile Chaisleáin Bhéarra

Dominated by the rolling Caha mountains, the Beara peninsula is of geological interest. The bare rock in all its wondrous variegated splendour has also inspired stories in the local folklore. It is as if the rocks themselves have a voice in this barren landscape, if we but only listen.
Rich of veins of copper at the end of the peninsula near Allihies. There is evidence that fires were used here as early as 1600 B.C. to crack the ore mined from these hills and extract copper. This was then combined with tin from Cornwall across the Celtic Sea to produce the bronze of weaponry and ornament. In later times, a copper mining business was set up on Allihies around the peak of Hungry Hill. If you are in need of a cosy hideaway you can visit the Great & Company café to sample some home-made cakes and sport the local artisans of Casteltown Bere. UPDATE.

A popular Spiritual Centre called Dzochen Beara is a peaceful place to visit while on the Beara peninsula. Here you can relax in a café, browse the bookshop and take a moments peace in the wonderful meditation room whose glass walls allow some breath-taking views of the vast Atlantic ocean beyond. Visitors are also welcome to join the daily loving kindness meditation. Regular spiritual retreats in the Buddhist tradition are also held here. A cosy hostel welcomes visitors.

 

Castletownbere, a town of about 1,500 people and Ireland’s leading whitefish port boasts possibly the finest natural harbour in Ireland.
Nestling between the Caha and Slieve Miskish Mountains the town is sheltered from the Atlantic Ocean by Bere Island. Named for O Sullivan Bere. Having served with distinction in the Austrian and French armies, O’Sullivan died defending his ancestral home in Eyeries against a besieging party of English soldiers.

 

Located at the mouth to Bantry Bay, (the world’s second deepest bay) Castletownbere Harbour provides extensive piers with safe berthing for both commercial and pleasure craft. Being on the Gulf Stream the winters are very mild and rarely do temperatures drop to freezing.
The town, ancestral seat of Clan O’Sullivan Bere with Dunboy Castle within walking distance, (site of the last battle in Ireland between Elizabeth I and the Gaelic Chiefdoms) is the perfect base for both visitors and environmentalists alike to explore the unspoilt beauty of the Beara Peninsula’s flora & fauna and the many antiquities it has to offer.
Among the wide range of business services you will also find plenty of accommodation facilities like bed & breakfast, hostels and self-catering to make any visit to beautiful Beara a relaxing and comfortable one.

 

The Beara Way Consists of 9 stages and is 125 miles in total. All sections are well marked and you can join the walk at any stage in the peninsula. The official printed guide is available for sale locally.

 

un-crowded roads, presenting a succession of seascape views which, for sheer grandeur and beauty, are unparalleled elsewhere.
Beara is indeed a region of unexpected pleasures, which beckons the discerning tourist, who wants to get off the “beaten track” and mingle with friendly, courteous and helpful people.
Everywhere the visitor is received in the spirit of the ancient Gaelic greeting. Céad Mile Fáilte “A Hundred Thousand Welcomes.” As a first days outing from Castletownbere, the visitor will do well to confine his explorations to the district west of the town, as far as Dursey Sound. Barely a mile to the west is the first object to attract attention, and one of special interest to the historically minded, the storied Castle of Dunboy, the last stronghold held by the Irish Chieftains in the Elizabethan wars of conquest. Embosomed in its beautiful environment of woodland, the now ruined fortress recalls many a grim battle waged for its possession.

 

Allihies – ha hÁilichí

Allihies is the only town in Ireland where the houses are built in a Cornish manner, their windows and doors looking out upon the sea. One can imagine many anxious mothers awaiting the return of their menfolk. The local museum offers a unique insight into the history of Copper mining and smelting in the town. Thre is an epic feeling to this sparse and unyielding landscape. The treeless character leaves for little distraction as we ponder our own life’s journey. The Peninsula itself is named after the clan of O’Suilleabhán Béara who is remembered as The Last Chieftain of Gaelic Ireland. The family name “O’ Sullivan comes from the Irish, “O Súil Amháin” which translates as “Of the One Eye”.

 

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Dursey Island off the tip of the Beara Peninsula is connected to the mainland by the only cable car in Ireland – it is licenced to carry three passengers and one cow.

 

Tallest Ogham Stone

On reaching the crest of the Pass, Ballycrovane Bay comes into view on the left – a beautiful little inlet of the Kenmare River which served in the middle ages as a busy port for the light sailing ships of that period, and in later times as a safe harbour for smugglers to ply their “trade.” Here-abouts, between the road and the Bay, the tourist will notice a large pillar-stone. This is one of the most famous monuments in Western Europe. It bears the Ogham inscription: “Magi Decceddas Avi Turanias” “The grave of the son of Decceddas and grandson of Torani.” And of this stone Professor McAllister writes: “Certainly no other stone can compare with it – all the slabs and brasses and statues and tombstones of the middle and modem ages there is not one worthy to he mentioned with this lonely hill-top pillar stone, 17 feet high, watching in solemn dignity over the glorious Ballycrovane Bay.” – North of Ballycrovane Bay rises the peninsula of Kilcatherine, notable as the residence of the Cailleach Bheara, by all accounts one of the most celebrated ladies of Irish antiquity, and immortalised in Pearse’s poem: – “Mise Eire, Sine me na an Cailleac Beara.” Here, beside a by-road, is a remarkable figure in stone of the upper half of the body of a woman, the legendary Cailleach Bheara (Beara’s Hag)

 

On the Beara Peninsula we also find the Tallest Ogham stone in Europe – The Ballycrovane Ogham Stone standing just over 17ft (5.2 m) high.

 

Travelling through Ireland’s rebel county you have followed in the footsteps of many a compelling character.

We soaked up the atmosphere in Ireland’s scenic and historical gourmet capital Kinsale, past many a green field and grassy glen we have travelled. Past sandy beaches and wild ocean views. Having travelled over 100 km, you will have passed through some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery and picturesque towns. Remember the distinctive Cork accent and you will begin to notice how the speech begins to take on a Kerry lilt.

Among the many wild plants here you will encounter the shock of red fuchsia ( an emblem of West Cork) the cerise pink of rhododendrons or the rowdy yellow roadside gorse hedging. Foxgloves, also known as “fairy fingers”, may also grace your trail.

 

 

Guided Walks in the Region

 

For a walk with a difference, join the folks of the Culture Kirtchen. Sample the sights and taste the best of Irish artisan food while local archaeologist brings the West Cork landscape to life ! www.theculturekitchen.ie

 

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