Sunday, February 24, 2019

My 5-Day Wild Atlantic Road Trip Guide: Itinerary, Photos + Loads More

Day 2 – Getting Lost in the rain in West Cork before tipping on to Kerry

I didn’t need to peer out of the window to see what the weather was like on day 2; it kept me awake for most of the night.

West Cork had transformed from a sun-soaked paradise to a village getting pelted out of it by buckets of rain in the space of five hours.

I peeled myself out of bed and looked out of the window – rain and gales.

After making my way down to breakfast, I whipped out my phone and started planning out the day.

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The weather app showed no signs of the rain easing up, so I decided that the best course of action would be to explore as much of the Beara Peninsula as possible in the rain before heading up to Kenmare for the night.

Stop 1 – floating around Allihies

I wasn’t finished with Allihies.

I had spent an hour or so driving around it before sunset the previous night, but I was itching to see what else it had to offer.

what to do in allihies
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

So, with no real plan, I set off in the car to see what I could stumble upon.

I took the road up a nearby hill (or was it a mountain 🤔) and came across the lads above, stood out in the lashing rain, baaaaaaing away like mad.

allihies cork things to do
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

The view above was back where I had entered the town the night before.

Rain or sun, it’s still pretty damn special.

If you have some extra time to spare, spend more time in this corner of Ireland. Check out our detailed road trip guide of West Cork to check out loads more things to do, including whale watching and Ireland’s only cable car.

Stop 2 – Cahermore… I think

I’m 99.9% sure my next couple of stops were in an area called Cahermore.

I was driving in the direction of Castletownbere to get diesel and food, and just happened to see a right turn down a narrow little road that looked interesting.

beara peninsula things to see
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

Should I turn down it or keep going…

I drove on past but a little voice in my head told me to do a U-Turn and investigate.

Which I did  – welcome to the Beara Peninsula.

beara peninsula things to do
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

I spent the next hour or so just driving around this area, parking up, and gazing around me.

The Beara Peninsula is to-be-continued in my head. There’s no way I’ll be able to restrain myself from coming back here in the next 4 or 5 months.

Things to do on the Beara Peninsula
– Take Ireland’s only cable car to Dursey Island – Climb Hungry Hill – the highest mountain on the peninsula – Check out Allihies Copper Mine Museum – Visit Eyeries village – Take the ferry to Bere Island – Stroll through Glengarriff Nature Reserve

Stop 3 – the best breakfast in West Cork

I was in need of fuel, both for the car and for myself, so I headed into Castletownbere.

As I was paying for the diesel, I asked the aul lad serving where he’d recommend for a decent feed.

Without any hesitation, he pointed me in the direction of Fuschia Cafe, and recommended that I give the full Irish a lash.

A solid recommendation.

where to eat in west cork

Any meal that involves Clonakilty White Pudding is a winner in my eyes.

I spent the next 40 minutes eating, drinking coffee and debating what my next move would be as the rain hammered the window behind me.

Stop 4 – the road to Kenmare in Kerry

It was only around 2 in the afternoon at that stage but the weather had put a serious dampener on the day.

This was a holiday, after all, so after a bit of Googling, I decided to book into the highly recommended Kenmare Bay Hotel and chill for the evening.

kenmare town kerry
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

Now, the price for a nights kip and breakfast was €120.


Was it worth it? No.

For €120 I expected the room to be better than average, so to say I was disappointed would be a colossal understatement.

Based on my experience, I’d recommend you book in somewhere else that’d give you better value for money.

After dropping my bags off I headed down to the bar and ordered some food and a pint.

bar in the kenmare bay hotel

The evening was arguably the most enjoyable of the road trip as I spent the next 4 hours nursing pints of Guinness and working my way through a book as a lad played away on a guitar.

Day 3 – Sun (yes, really) and a whole lot of exploring in Kerry

As I was climbing into bed at the end of day 2, I decided to log on to one final time and check out the weather in Kerry the following day.

To my surprise (I had checked it about 8 hours previous) there was a window of sun between 9 and 12 the following morning.

I set the alarm for 8 and nodded off in minutes.

Here’s the route for day 3 

Click the little ‘4’ below the map to check it out.

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