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Mizen Peninsula and blue sky

We had a quick visit of Cork and the English Market before heading off to the coast at Kinsale then down the coast through Clonakilty, Rosscarbery and Skibbereen.

The English Market, Cork

Roaringwater Bay

Who needs a mobile phone?

Altar Wedge Tomb, 2,000 BC, Mizen Peninsula

Mizen Peninsula, west coast

Then we visited Mizen Head, the southernmost point in Ireland, before heading towards Bantry. In Bantry there is Bantry House and Gardens and the French Armada Centre. From Bantry, we drove to Glengarriff and Adrigole before crossing Healy Pass.

Healy Pass

Healy Pass – bridge

Healy Pass, Kerry side

Although the weather was typically Irish, intermittent showers and cloudy, there was some breathtaking scenery across the Caha Mountains that divide Cork from Kerry. After the mountain pass, we drove to the town of Kenmare, which was founded in 1670 by Sir William Petty.

The perfect end to the day – Irish food, Irish music and a blazing fire

and not forgetting an Irish ale

We checked into The Rose Garden B&B (recommended, excellent value and a great breakfast) before heading out for dinner. Kenmare has a incredible choice of restaurants for a small town.