A short break in Ireland

Nick takes a few days off to visit Judith, August 2006.

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3rd August

A sunny day - let's go to Sheep's Head!

Sheep's Head Peninsula, County Cork

Maud, the elderly cat, balances on a first floor window ledge as we drive off.

"I'm sure she'll be fine!" I reassure Judith.

The Sheep's Head walk combines low, rugged hills and a splendid cliff coastline.


The Sheep's Head Walk is 88 km long, following old tracks and roads around the peninsula from Bantry to the headland and back.
The peninsula is a narrow range of hills stretching nearly 40 km into the Atlantic.
We drove as far as we could until we reached the tip.

A fine "sticky bun" shop greats us, before we set off on our walk.

A well-signposted footpath leads past rocky outcrops to the lighthouse at the tip.

Hidden behind rocks is a backup generator and diesel tank. Everything is well painted!
Sheep's Head Lighthouse was built in 1968.
Leaving Sheep's Head we head Bantry, a short distance away.


I always enjoy visiting Bantry. It's a bustling, thriving place. Every time I visit there's something new being built, or another restaurant to try.

Well known for its mussels, I choose a steak for my evening meal.

4th August

Another sunny day! We're busy preparing for Judith's party.

The evening finds us at the Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa Hotel. There's a fine seawater spa to indulge in.

We watch the sunset, enjoying yet more Guinness!

Farewell Ireland, I'll be back!

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