• Taking it all in . . .

    Cycling the WILD ATLANTIC WAY in the Beara Peninsula, West Cork, Ireland.

    This is a short description of a cycle taken on sunday the 12th of November in West Cork along Irelands WILD ATLANTIC WAY.

    Today was a beautiful sunny day, a rare day for this time of year. I got up early and drove west from cork city towards the Beara Peninsula. My plan was to cycle the ring of Beara which will form part of our 2018 6-Day WILD ATLANTIC WAY Adventure Tour. By leaving Cork city early, I was rewarded with an early winter sunrise over Glengarriff harbour.

    From Castletownbere I cycled west past Gour, out to the village of Allihies and back to Castletownbere. The  cycle towards Duresey Island was peaceful as the roads were quiet except for some local traffic heading for Sunday mass at Cahermore.  As I reached the top of Bealbarnish gap I was greeted with splendid views down over Allihies,  which was framed by the Atlantic Ocean and the Hills of Slieve Miskish where the disused copper mines are situated.

    After a quick stop at the beach, I headed out of Allihies via the steep pull up Caheraphuca, I stopped into the Dzogchen Beara Buddhist Centre for a quiet moment and a well earned lunch before cycling back to Castletownbere. A great day was had, happy and tired on returning home.

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