Healy Pass, Sneem and More

So trying to get this on a day to day basis is getting a little hard to do. It takes quite awhile to load photos because I take so many and I have them at a high Rez. I could change that but you never know when I may want blow on up or something. So I am going to try and do a week at a time. Their are so many things to see here.

Last week we decided to see what Healy Pass was. We heard of it but weren’t such what it really was. So we took the turn to Healy Pass and followed the signs. Well remember the other day when we saw that car going up the side of the mountain, when we were at Josies restaurant. Yup. That is Healys Pass you can see it on the map but need to drive it to believe it. And the scenery was spectacular. Here is a link about it. Not a lot of information but something.


Here is a small article about it too.

Ireland’s Great Drives: Healy Pass

Found in southwest Ireland, Healy Pass is a perfect diversion from the longer Ring of Beara driving route. The serpentine R457 winds through a desolate, otherworldly landscape, passing between two of the highest summits in the Caha mountain range and rising to 334 metres above sea level.

The Healy Pass was created in 1847 during the famine years in order to help prevent starvation. It’s named for Time Michael Healy, a politician from Cork who served as the first governor general of the Irish Free State. Upon his retirement, Healy asked that the bridleway winding through the pass be upgraded and improved.

The route officially begins at Adrigole Bridge in County Cork and proceeds to Lauragh Bridge in County Kerry. Along the way is 12 km worth of hairpin turns winding through the borderlands between these two counties. The landscape is littered with rocks and serves as grazing land for flocks of sheep.

When you reach the highest vantage point of Healy Pass and stop to admire the view, you’ll probably wonder why this area isn’t more popular with tourists. But that’s part of the wonder of southwest Ireland. With so many visitors flocking to the Dingle Way and the Ring of Kerry, the Beara Peninsula is often overlooked.

It’s also worth mentioning that the pass – while located in the vicinity of the Ring of Beara – is not technically part of that driving circuit. Both routes are well worth exploring, but the Healy Pass is not to be missed. By all means, experience both routes. But if you have to choose one over the other, make it the Healy Pass.

Here is a link to the whole gallery. This also has the pictures from Kerry Ring.


And after that drive I needed a beer


Bantry and the Bantry House



Here is a link about the Bantry House


and a link to all the pictures


After the drive to Bantry (see map) we stopped in at our local pub Helens. I know now a very Irish sounding place but it is. They have great fresh seafood here. And I do mean fresh. The harbor is right out the front door. First time there I had the seafood platter. It had smoked salmon, fresh salmon, mussels and fresh crab meat. It also came with a nice salad.

What they didn’t know here was that you need hot mealted butter for the crab meat. But they do now. They also have a open face crab sandwich. So the next time in there I ordered the open faced crab sandwitch with out the bread. Ya a plate of crab meat and of course nested butter. Now when we go in there I have her just put the crab in a soup bowl of melted butter.

While we were there a guy came in with a little puppy. The guy’s name was Martin and his puppy was named “Elvis”. Why you ask, because he was nothing but a hound dog, or so Martin said.

Okay I need to load more pictures for the next post. Stay tuned.



  1. AYR

    Reblogged this on A Young Retirement.


  2. Shirley

    Beautiful pictures. Fantastic job posting them and the video


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