FROM WEST KERRY TO WEST CORK

 

Here are several of the photos I took while on a trip to the Beara Peninsula of West Cork, from The Dingle Peninsula, West Kerry.

Driving along the Dingle Peninsula on the Inch road, the morning water was so calm and blue, with the mountains of the Iveragh Peninsula of South Kerry in view, I stopped for a few captures here.

Going through the Killarney National Park area, I stopped for more views.  I also took many of the Gap of Dunloe, which I previously published, so I will bypass them in this post.

 

 

At Moll’s Gap, still in County Kerry, here is Molly Gallivan’s 200 year old cottage, a visitor’s centre, traditional farm, museum, local crafts shop and cafe.  Molly Gallivan was a widow with seven children in the nineteenth century who employed her tremendous personal resources to support her family with her small farm, running a shebeen, poteen making (illegal alcohol), traditional handicrafts, providing sustenance to passing travellers etc….)

The wood carving of the druid represents the people who originally inhabited this area more than 6,000 years ago.

Seeing the oil tanker here I realised that Whiddy Island oil terminal was across the water here. This was the scene of a horrific disaster in 1979, when there was a fire and explosion on the French oil tanker The Betelgeuse, where 50 people lost their lives. There are ongoing issues about this.

 

Hungry Hill, the mountain above, is one of the Caha range of the Beara Peninsula. We took a route over the very scenic Healy Pass which transverses the Beara Peninsula.

 

Glanmore Lake, on the Healy Pass.

 

 

 

 

Here we are lost, but enjoying the views and taking lots of photos. I asked directions in a local shop, but a staff member there gave wrong directions. Aside from time being short – it’s a long drive back to Dingle, I enjoyed the ride!

 

The remnants of Shronebirrane Stone Circle can be seen in this field below, which I now know is in Drimminboy Valley.

 

 

Now I think this is the Adrigole region…..

 

 

 

 

After a long drive, back now on the Dingle Peninsula below, just as the sun was setting and casting a pink glow on Inch Beach.

Thanks for viewing my photos. If you would like to see more images of the Beara peninsula, West Cork, (many of them taken on an earlier trip), please check out my website:

https://www.helene-brennan.com/tag/beara+peninsula

I managed to do another trip to West Cork before our current level 5 Covid-19 restrictions started. Please come back again to see photos of Baltimore, Cape Clear Island and the Mizen Peninsula.

GOUGANE BARRA

Some photos here from a trip a few weeks back to Gougane Barra, in County Cork. This is a beautiful forest park with a romantic looking lakeside church, Sr. Finbarr’s Oratory – a popular venue for weddings as there is a hotel on site also, just facing the church. This was also the site of an early Christian settlement.

There are several forest trails, high and low level, with stunning forest landscape, and precious little phone or internet coverage. You may need to wait until later to post your photos.

Unfortunately, I still cannot find a way in this new editor to separate the images in the way I would like them to be viewed. On my computer they appear all joined together when previewed. Very disappointing. Yet they are ok when viewed on my phone. I hope you will enjoy the photos anyway. Thanks so much for visiting.