Tuesday, 19 February 2013

The Spectacular Healy Pass

The Healy Pass
 Drove over the spectacular Healy Pass the other day, en route from Cork to Kenmare. But first, a stop for sustenance in Manning’s Emporium in Ballylickey during an arranged foodie meet-up, a tweet-up I suppose, with @karencoakley and @Jaq_Stedman. Had quite a chat with Karen and Jacqueline and great too to renew acquaintance with Andrew and Laura of Manning’s (who have great plans for their summer festival).
 The sustenance came in the irresistible form of a meat and cheese platter and soon, well not that soon,  we were on our way down the Beara peninsula to Adrigole. Here one takes a sharp turn, right, towards the hills and the pass.
Met a crew working on the road and quite a lot of sheep as we drove up the twists and turns on the Cork side, past some isolated houses in the distance, before reaching the 300 metre summit that gives great views, particularly over Kerry and the Kenmare river to the west. 
 Then it was downhill all the way, past a group of Kerry road workers, to the turn off towards Lauragh where I spotted that petrol pump which had the Murphy’s Stout sign on top.

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