The Ring of Beara
The weather may not have been at its best but it never closed in completely and I enjoyed my recent trip around the spectacular Ring of Beara, including a highlight visit to the fascinating Copper Mine Museum in Allihies. Came over the spectcular Healy Pass and down from Adrigole and the first stop was the main town, the fishing port of Castletownbeare. It was busy at the quayside with the catch being loaded onto the lorries. There was a little market in progress on the square with vegetables and plants on sale and also some buffalo meat.
On then to Allihies and its colourful houses and a colourful fence also! The drive up along the West Coast of the peninsula is a very scenic one - I even heard one Kerry person say it is better than the Ring of Kerry - and keeps you close to the sea for long stretches.
|Broadhaven Bay, close to Allihies.|
There are many connections between the mines in Cornwall and Allhies and, surprisingly, between the little village and Butte (Montana). Check it all out here. Better still, go and visit. And while you are there, why not sample the food at the Copper Cafe (re-opening at Easter) and then follow the Copper Mine Trail, a terrific walk with great views.
With the cafe closed at the time of my visit, I had to do without my cuppa. But not for long. Got a warming cup of hot chocolate at the post office in Eyeries, another colourful village. Here too there is a well maintained public toilet on the main street.
|An isolated house on the drive.|