Day 5 – Wednesday 12th July
This was the only day I actually planned, the rest were all just ‘go with the flow’!
So day 5 started from Glenbeigh, to Kells, to Cahersiveen, to Waterville , to Derrynane , to Caherdaniel , to Castlecove , to Gleesk Pier , to Sneem, to Molls Gap , to Killarney to Cork! Yes seriously…all in one day (268km) along the Ring of Kerry.
What a fantastic drive around the Ring of Kerry…I cannot emphasise enough about how stunning the landscape is here and no photo could EVER capture the beauty. If you haven’t already done this trip then you need to go.
Gleesk Pier was the jewel in the crown as it was off the beaten track and not a soul in sight as I travelled up and down narrow mountain roads hoping I wouldn’t meet another car! The only thing I did meet were mountain sheep and although there were 2 other cars parked at the pier I never saw a soul!
The number of tour buses and tourists along the way, although of benefit to the economy were distracting and irritating to say the least. I cannot believe how popular Ireland has become. I’m also delighted as it is a great ‘wee’ island.
In between Sneem and Molls Gap there is an excellent cafe (for want of a better word) called The Strawberry Field Pancake Cottage. This was a highlight for me and I almost thought I had missed it. It is hard to miss though as it is painted in a very bright, mustard yellow with red doors and windows. It has a beautiful outside seating area, but inside is a treasure trove of paintings, gifts etc. The menu is mainly pancakes as the name suggests and they are totally fresh, made to order and are delicious. I indulged in both a savoury and a sweet…🙈🙊. Lunch and dinner was my excuse lol! 😉
I finally arrived in Donoughmore, just outside Cork to spend the night with my friend Marguerite and as it was a beautiful evening we took a drive to Kinsale where we dandered along the quaint, colourful streets before finding a pub (the Blue Haven) to chill and have a Guinness while listening to a two-piece band singing Van Morrison covers.