Ireland

Ireland

A week in Ireland.

The start of a 6 week exploration through Europe found us in the far South-West regions of Co. Cork, Ireland. It never gets old visiting this country, especially when it has been one of the sunniest Summers on record, lucked out on that one. Even a week here is still not enough time to explore all the dramatic landscapes of the surrounding mountains and coastline facing the wild Atlantic. 

We spent the day driving along the Kilmore Peninsula and here's what we found along the way.

 Looking out over Barleycove Bay. Day for it!

Looking out over Barleycove Bay. Day for it!

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 "Barleycove" - available in the 'aerial' category.

"Barleycove" - available in the 'aerial' category.

 "Barleycove Beach From Above" - available in the 'aerial' category.

"Barleycove Beach From Above" - available in the 'aerial' category.

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 "Barleycove Beach" - available in the 'landscape' category.

"Barleycove Beach" - available in the 'landscape' category.

 Ballyrisode Bay. Not too bad for an Irish beach.

Ballyrisode Bay. Not too bad for an Irish beach.

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After soaking in the scenery around Barleycove, we continued South to Mizen Head, Ireland's most South-Westerly point. An old signal station sits atop shear cliffs into the Atlantic Ocean offering some pretty incredible views of the coastline.

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 The Mizen Head foot bridge, have to cross this to reach the signal tower. 

The Mizen Head foot bridge, have to cross this to reach the signal tower. 

 "Mizen Head" - available in the 'aerials' category.

"Mizen Head" - available in the 'aerials' category.


We experienced some of Ireland's stunning coastline and on a new adventure we headed for the mountains. Pretty stoked on the run of sunshine (quite rare in Ireland), we packed the car and drove up one of the steep winding tracks to a gap called Priests Leap. From here we were on foot. The wind was howling but the sun was out. Jumping over bogs and thick moss we made our way up Knockboy Mountain, the highest in Co. Cork.

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 The Summit, windy as hell! // Knockboy Mountain.

The Summit, windy as hell! // Knockboy Mountain.

 Pretty good view from up here!

Pretty good view from up here!

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After spending most of the day hiking, it was back to the property and a few well earned pints of Guinness at our beach.

 Spot!

Spot!


A last little adventure for the week saw us exploring the Beara Peninsula. It really does feel like the edge of the world in these parts.

 "The Mare's Tail Waterfall", Hungry Hill. - available in the 'landscape' category.

"The Mare's Tail Waterfall", Hungry Hill. - available in the 'landscape' category.

 Bumped into a few locals on the way.

Bumped into a few locals on the way.

 Cahermore. A place which seems detached from the rest of the world. Pretty bleak and cold even in Summer, can only imagine what the Atlantic throws at this little town during Winter.

Cahermore. A place which seems detached from the rest of the world. Pretty bleak and cold even in Summer, can only imagine what the Atlantic throws at this little town during Winter.

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 Glengarriff woods.

Glengarriff woods.

 If you're going to find a Leprechaun in Ireland, I reckon this spot is your best bet.

If you're going to find a Leprechaun in Ireland, I reckon this spot is your best bet.

Plenty more to come from the rest of the trip. Thanks for reading!

Piers