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Adrigole, the gateway to the Ring of Beara, which commences shortly after leaving Glengarriff, is a beautiful, scattered village rich in history and natural scenery. . The Adrigole coastline is varied, from a combination of rocky cliffs and outcrops to the shallow, peaceful inlet of Adrigole Harbour. The natural surroundings of Adrigole make it a haven for hill walking, or cycling, along the small roads that hug the sides of the mountains. The West Cork Sailing Centre is also based here.  We recommend that you contact Gail for a tailored package that will compliment any holiday in West Cork.

The Tim Healy Pass road is a scenic mountain road between Adrigole and Lauragh, cutting through the Caha Mountains. It rises 334 meters above sea level and passes between two of the highest peaks of the Caha range. This is one of the finest mountain roads in Ireland and is named after Tim Healy, the first Governor-general of the Irish Free State, who was born in nearby Bantry. We recommend that the Tim Healy Pass be approached from the Adrigole side as this maximises the view to the visitor. Park your car below the grotto at the top and take in the breathtaking view of the winding road that you have just travelled. Remember, this was constructed before, during and after famine times with no mechanically driven machines!

After calling to Don at 'Dons Mountain Cabin' for an ice-cream, a postcard or maybe some local fine crafts you should walk over the top, where you cross the county bounds - the line dividing Co. Cork and Co. Kerry. The view from here is spectacular but gets even better when you take the short walk down to the viewing area, overlooking both Glenmore Lake and Kenmare River. If you are lucky you may find a spot where, to your right you can just see Bantry Bay through the mountain peaks and to your left the beautiful Glenmore Lake and Kenmare River. Look out for the sheep here that have become very friendly through the years of visitors to the area!

Looming to the north is Hungry Hill (which can be seen in the picture above), the highest of the Caha Mountains. This towers over Adrigole Harbour and Bantry Bay and boasts the highest waterfall in Ireland and the British Isles. For the more adventurous of visitors the summit will take your breadth away with its magnificent views. To the East of Adrigole is the smaller mountain peak of Sugerloaf Mountain, with an equally fantastic view from the summit.

Nearby Glengarriff hosts the Italian Gardens of Garnish Island and for those with green fingers, Direen Gardens in Lauragh (over the Tim Healy Pass) will be of great interest.

Some Of The Activities In Adrigole & The Surrounding Area

  • The Sullivan Mile
  • Many walking and cycling routes
  • Two 9 hole golf links courses and one 18 hole course
  • Sailing, diving & water sports
  • Horse riding
  • Lake, deep sea and shore fishing
  • Copper mines of Allihies
  • Irelands highest waterfall
  • Dunboy Castle
  • Numerous sites of historical & archaeological interest
  • Irelands only Cable Car servicing Dursey Island
  • Car & passenger ferries to Bere Island
  • Two screen cinema in Bantry
  • Bamboo Park in Glengarriff
  • Garnish Island
  • Tim Healy's Pass & Glanmore lake

 

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