05 Jul Sheep’s Head, County Cork
The peninsula north of Mizen , Sheep’s Head , has an ancient feel to it: barren land almost entirely devoid of people. Well worth a visit on any Ireland tours.
There are only a couple of tiny villages here , and traffic is sparse , so don’t try to hitch if you are going to need to return in a hurry.
It is an ever-changing landscape , where surges of harsh granite rise from sweet green fields , fuchsias and honeysuckle scramble over greystone walls , and gorse and heather colour wild heathland.
The north coast looks offers cyclists a wonderful descent towards Bantry. There are also fabulous panoramic views over County Cork , the Beara Peninsula , and County Kerry from the top of Seefin , Sheep’s Head’s highest hill (1136ft); there is no clear path , but you can head for the summit in around 45 minutes from the north coast road.
All of this can best be enjoyed by pedaling the easy to follow 50 mile Sheep’s Head Cycle Route , or by walking the 55 mile Sheep’s Head Way, both of which are clearly signposted circuits of the peninsula via Bantry , Kilcrohane , Ahakista and Durrus ; the latter is relatively easy walking , can be done in 4 days.
Durrus , little more than a handful of pubs and shops at the head of the peninsula’s south coast , is the largest village here.
Two miles southwest towards Crookhaven , Blairs Cove House combines spacious luxury accommodation in beautiful grounds overlooking Dunmanus Bay , with an excellent restaurant , renowned for its buffet-style starters and grilled meats.
Midway down Sheep’s Head , minuscule Ahakista has a narrow slip of sandy beach backed by trees. On the less populous north side of the Sheep’s Head , there are outstanding views of Bantry Bay.
Dont miss this area on Ireland tours…..it has many must see attractions.