The Beara Pilgrimage

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I've cycled the fabled Ring of Beara maybe ten times in all. This was described in an old CTC book about bike touring as "probably the best one day tour in the British Isles". That it surely is. The full ring varies from 90 to about 105 miles depending on how much you take in.
Every year around Christmas my friends and I have cycled a short version which is from Glengarriffe to Adrigole, over the Healy Pass, left and right at the bottom to Kilmacillogue, to Kenmare and back over the Caha (tunnel) pass to Glengarriffe. This is hilly with a lot of climbing, but nothing too steep. It is extremely beautiful for the most part.
This year we couldn't because of ice, but yesterday we did it, Mick Donie and I. Weather was overcast but turning sunny near the end.
I'll let the pictures tell the story!!


Where we parked.


Leaving Glengarriffe Harbour.


A gradual then severe climb


Hungry Hill in the distance.


Adrigole Harbour with Hungry Hill. My mother was from Adrigole.


Impressive rock markings of Hungry. In Irish called Cnoc Daod. No-one knows what it means. My father who was a Gaelic Scholar reckons it's an old pagan God-name for the mountain. Cnoc is hill.


From beginning of Healy Pass climb. The Healy pass was called after Tim Healy, the first Governor General of the Irish Free State. The road was built during his time.


The terrible twins.


Telephoto shot.

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4 comments on “The Beara Pilgrimage”

  1. Kern wrote:

    For the benefit of casual readers, I will vouch for Beara and the Adrigole Pass. Mary and I cycled it last year at the end of May (on Garry's recommendation). The hillsides were smothered in purple rhododendrons. A trip to the Emerald Isle is worth it for this ride alone.

  2. Chris wrote:

    Some striking images. I think my favourite here is the one after the telephoto shot. That's a lot of rock.

  3. Hilary wrote:

    Lovely pictures, that looks a stunning ride. I really must get over to Ireland – I've been meaning to go back since 1975! :)

  4. Mary wrote:

    I am really going to 'Do' Ireland, perhaps next year as I do not have a plan for 2012. (2013 is already planned out)

    It really is stunning, a bit like the very best of Scotland and New Zealand together. You are lucky to live in such a place of contrasts Garry.

    I did smile at how 'Strong' you are looking, here the term is 'You look well'.
    We call our hills (only one small mountain), 'cronk'. Interesting the similarities of celtic languages. Cronk Garroo, for example means rough hill. Hungry Mountain is such an ace name!

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