Ireland’s Sheeps Head, unspoiled, rugged and remote, stunningly beautiful scenery!
We took off from Bantry and headed West having heard lots about the unspoiled scenery of Sheeps Head but never having been there. We definitely weren’t disappointed! Lots of Irish charm, narrow roads by the coast (not for the faint hearted). Stopped to see the stunning vistas at Seefin, took lots of pics and breathed the lovely fresh air. Headed West towards Sheeps Head. Parked the car at roads end and set off on the 2k trek out to the lighthouse. Arrived just in time for the sunset, lucky us! On the way back stuck to the main Wild Atlantic Way route and stopped in the little village of Kilcrohane for a few pics. Grabbed a spot of dinner back in Bantry in Fishermans Hut – hard to find but definitely worth the effort to seek it out, lots of yummy fresh seafood on the menu. After a Cesar Salad with grilled Seabass, a delicious glass of Pinot Grigio, and herbcrusted Cod, it was off to bed, happy out..
Exploring Bantry and Mizen Head
Started off the day with a great looped walk which started at Bantry Pier, follow the black railing along by the coast. Not sure how long it was, it took us about 30 mins brisk walking to complete it. It takes you around Bantry Bay, really picturesque coastal scenery. Headed out to Bantry House and Gardens for a tour. Met Brigette the current owner who gave us an excellent tour of the magestic house. It’s extensive artwork and antique furniture is mostly original, some dating back from the 15th and 16th centuries. The gardens are terraced and the views are second to none. Speaking of second to none, did we mention the scone with jam and cream that we enjoyed in the garden? There are 6 guest rooms at the house, didn’t get to stay there on this trip but our next time in Bantry will be sure to be booked well in advance, not going to miss out on this Heritage accommodation next time around!
Headed South West in the afternoon, lots of exploring to be done on Mizen Head. More spectacular Wild Atlantic Way scenery, lots more pics. Can’t wait to take a group back to West Cork.