This summer is much better than last summer. There’s more hope in the air. Pubs are open for outdoor service. Many people are fully vaccinated, including me, since Monday! And there will likely be solutions for fully vaccinated people later this summer. For now, things are quite uncertain because of the Delta variant, many people haven’t received their second vaccine shots yet, and case numbers are increasing in the UK, so we need to wait and see how the situation develops here.
But that doesn’t stop us from enjoying the summer. This week has offered some fantastic weather, and we’ve spent most evenings in the garden. Other than that, also this summer is a summer of road trips in West Cork or possibly to Kerry. And with all the beautiful places to see around here, I have nothing to complain about.
Last Saturday after doing some shopping in town, before going home we decided to take a small detour to see Galley Head. It’s been a while since we were there, I think the last time was in January 2020 when some Italian friends were visiting and we took them for a West Cork tour.
Galley Head Lighthouse
Galley Head is located between Clonakilty and Rosscarbery, and it has a famous lighthouse, surrounded by what used to be a castle. After many attempts to build it, the lighthouse was ready in 1875, with the light in place in 1878. The lighthouse then was run with gas, but improvement work has been done over the years and modernised lights were installed in 1990 with emergency lights in 1991. When the lighthouse keeper no longer needed to live at the station, the lightkeeper’s houses were taken over by the Irish Landmark Trust and restored using traditional methods and materials. These cottages are now available as holiday accommodation. Quite cool, right?
The cottage area is private and you can only enter if you rent one of the houses. This means that unless you rent a cottage, you can only see the lighthouse from afar. But the surrounding area is available to the public, and it is a fantastic area to go for walks along the cliffs. We haven’t strayed very far from the lighthouse yet, but hopefully, we will in the future.
The first image here is an old one, from August 2017, but it’s my favourite!
When we visited this time, it was a nice overcast day with a good temperature and almost no wind – that must be very rare out on a place like this! It was lovely and gave a sense of calm.
Read more details here about Galley Head Lighthouse.
Galley Head peninsula
Galley Head peninsula offers a very pleasant drive, in my opinion, to get the best out of it you need to take the full route, going from Clonakilty town centre towards Ardfield, then towards Galley Head, and then you’ll follow the road to pass Castlefreke and Owenahincha to get back onto N71 (the main road from Cork towards Clonakilty and Skibbereen and it ends in Killarney in county Kerry). You’ll pass some very nice beaches along the way, Red strand where there is a fairly new, well-renowned, fish restaurant, Long strand, and Owenahincha beach.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this short introduction to the Galley Head peninsula. The next time we go there, I hope to have some more photos to share, and maybe then I’ll also have some from the cliff walk.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend, and be well!
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