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The Healy pass is a winding road between Adrigole in Co. Cork and
Lauragh in Co.Kerry cutting through the high Caha Moutains. The Healy
Pass rises 334 meters above sea level and passes between two of the
highest peaks of the Caha range.
It is here in Gougane Barra that St.Finbarr, patron saint of Cork,
founded his monastery.
Ireland's first National Park with its nature trails and picnic sites
was opened in Gougane Barra. An ideal place to relax and unwind.
Bantry in the heart of west cork, is a region of lush vegetation,
palm trees and semi-tropical flowers. Hemmed in by mountain ridges,
the sea and cascading mountain streams, it's a place of unparallel
beauty where the landscape changes with every mood of the wind and
sky. Touring routes are numerous and include the scenery from the
coastal roads around each peninsulas, spectacular winding roads through
the mountains and unrivalled vistas of mountains lakes, rivers, woodlands,
prehistoric monuments, ancients castles and Christian settlements,
forts and lovely gardens.
Bantry house & Gardens
Bantry house was the first Irish stately home to open its doors to
the public in 1945. Today the house is still opened to the public
and owned by Shelswell-white. The landscaped gardens and the flower
beds are a must for anyone to see and hear the birds sing and the
honey bees. Relax in the cafe and take in the panoramic views of
bay and miles of country side. Also on the grounds of the house is
1796 French Armada Exhibition Centre tells a story of the ill-fated
French invasion to Ireland in 1796.
The village of Glengarriff, nestling at the foot of the Caha mountains
is a botanist's paradise due to the effect of the Gulf stream. The
forest park on the N71 road to Kenmare is well worth a visit. Situated
in the sheltered harbour of Glengarriff in Bantry Bay, Garnish Island
is a small island of 15 hectares (37 acres) known to horticulturists
and lovers of trees and shrubs around the world as an Island of rare
beauty. The gardens can be reached by boat from Glengarriff.
The Ring of Beara
The Beara peninsula is the most westerly part of county cork, bordered
by the waters of Bantry bay, Kenmare Bay and Atlantic ocean and is
the largest peninsula in County Cork. Beara is dominated by the Caha
mountains which runs down the middle of the peninsula from end to
end with its rocky mountains, glacial lakes and rugged coastline.
The ring of Beara is an area of great scenic beauty. Dursey Island
leis off the western extremity or the Beara peninsula and is connected
to the mainland by a cable car the only one in Ireland. The principal
towns and villages on the ring of Beara are Glengarriff, Adgrigole,
Castletownbere, Allihies, Eyeries, Lauragh and Kenmare.