Glengarriff Harbour

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  • Day7

    Day 7 - Bantry & Mussels

    August 7, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Another slow start to the day. We had breakfast & set off for Bantry up the west coast around 10.30am. We drove to Ballydehob & missed the turning for Bantry. As a result we took the coast road to Toormoor (the scene of our desecration), then drove almost back on ourselves up the the coast to Durres.

    We then picked up the N71, the road we should have been on, to Bantry. We stopped at Bantry House & Gardens, parked up & paid our slight hefty entrance fee of €11 per person. Bantry House is the private estate owned & lived in by the descendants of the Earls of Bantry, but is also now a Bed & Breakfast Hotel. It sits in a fantastic location overlooking the bay.

    We started in the House, which if I’m being kind was probably spectacular in it’s day, but now looked a bit tired. We walked around the first 2 floors of the house looking at the rather strange eclectic mix of furniture & decor, plus numerous portrait paintings on the walls.

    We then walked out into to Gardens at the rear of the Stately Home that were created by Richard White, the 2nd Earl of Bantry between 1800 & 1865. First stop was the Fountain & Parterre which consisted of a square of ornamental hedges surrounding a fountain. We then scaled the 100 steps, known as ‘Old Ladies Walk’ to the top of the garden, which gave us a spectacular view of the garden, the house & Bantry Bay in the distance.

    We made our way back down & to the cafe for tea & cakes. We then wandered around the sunken garden, which was stuffed full of flowering plants that were attracting a healthy number of butterflies. We then headed up a path to the Walled Garden, which was so ruined that it was hard to know when we were in it. Afterwards we returned to the car & drove into Bantry town centre.

    Bantry was not much to shout, about we walked around the main streets, but there was not much that attracted our attention. It was all a bit disappointing!

    We continued north, passing through Ballylickey & on to the attractive coastal town of Glengariff. We parked up & pottered around the High Street. I tried to find a birthday present for Jackie, without success.

    We then took a walk down a path to Blue Pool Park & the ferry. We continued to Seal Point, which was very picturesque, but alas no sign of any seals. After returning to the car, we drove back south to Ballydehob for a very late lunch or was it a very early dinner.

    We selected Vincent Coughlan’s Pub & Seafood Restaurant, where Chris & Angela had a large bowl of mussels & chips, Jackie had breaded Langoustines & I had a cheeseburger. It wasn’t as it sounds, it was a breaded Camembert in a bun. This was washed down with Guinness, Murphys, wine & gin & tonic. It was a very enjoyable meal, apart from ‘chipgate’.

    We arrived back home around 7.00pm & sat out in the setting sun. We could hear Mr Hegarty, our landlord, down at his little mussel factory. I couldn’t help myself & went to investigate. Mr Hegarty and 3 employees were loading up bags of mussels into his refrigerated transit van.

    Mr Hegarty informed me that the mussels took approximately 2 years to grow, then they lift the beds out by crane & drive them up the road to his factory. In the little factory, he has machinery that washes the mussels, grades them & then bags them. During the process it still requires humans to sit at a conveyor belt & pick out any mussels that have been damaged.

    Mr Hegarty’s mussels once loaded on the van are driven straight to Dublin for onward transit through the UK to Dover & then shipped to the France. He fears that Brexit could seriously affect his business. It was all very interesting stuff & just for good measure Mr Hegarty gave me a kilo of freshly bagged Roaringwater Mussels.

    I returned to the others at the cottage & we had a very chilled evening, ending in a quick game of Logo, that incidentally I won.

    Song of the Day - Pulling Mussels (From The Shell) by Squeeze

    Bonus Song of the Day :-

    Cockles & Mussels by Ian McCulloch
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  • Day4

    Mac Carthy's Pub

    August 16, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Nachdem wir uns auf dem Weg aus Cork heraus, ein wenig Irrungen und Wirrungen aufgrund nicht eingezeichneter Einbahnstraßen ausgesetzt sahen, ist es schon recht spät geworden, als wir in Glengariff ankommen. Daher beschließen wir, direkt einen Abendessensstopp einzulegen, bevor wir in unser Bed& Breakfast fahren.

    Auf der Suche nach einem passenden Lokal passieren einige Kuriositäten. Anscheinend stimmen hier in dieser Ecke viele geografische Positionen in TripAdvisor und Google Maps nicht. Dort, wo Restaurants stehen sollen, findet sich pure Natur, Pubs, die angeblich abseits liegen, finden sich dann doch plötzlich an der Hauptstraße.

    Als wir das Pub betreten, sind wir fast die einzigen Gäste, doch die Bedienung ist sehr nett und das Essen entpuppt sich als sehr lecker.

    Später füllt sich der Pub rasant, eine Liveband baut auf und beginnt zu spielen. Gerne wären wir noch länger geblieben, aber schon jetzt kommen wir erst gegen 21:30 Uhr im B&B an. Noch später aufzutauchen, wäre eine Frechheit gewesen.
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  • Day5

    Mit dem Boot nach Garinish Island

    August 17, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Nach einem reichhaltigen Frühstück starten wir zurück in Richtung Glengariff. Dort starten die Harbour Queen Ferries nach Garinish Island.

    Die Überfahrt mit dem Boot dauert nur knapp 15 Minuten, bietet aber tolle Blicke auf die wunderschöne Küstenlandschaft von Beara Peninsula.Read more

  • Day14


    July 18, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Après cette visite à la pointe de cette presqu’île, nous repartons sur sa côte nord. La prochaine, Sheep's Island, laissée à gauche, nous prenons cap sur Bantry, port et petite ville commerciale très animée, où nous allons dîner au Fish Kitchen. Le choix était top: la minuscule salle à manger se trouve à l'étage d'un comptoir de poissons. 24 personnes peuvent y prendre place et nous avons beaucoup de chance qu'une réservation n'est pas arrivée à temps. Crumble au fruits de mer et salade césar avec pinces de crabes et crevettes, miam, miam. Qq courses au Super Value et nous visons Glengarriff de l'autre côté de la baie. Il nous faut une place de parc près de l'embarcadère du bateau qui nous amène à Garinish Island. Le parc de Ilnacullin est sublimement fleuri, juste dommage que beaucoup de rhododendrons n'ont plus que leurs fleurs fanées. L'histoire de ce jardin est très intéressante et le trajet aller et retour en bateau nous fait voir des phoques qui se prélassent sur des rochers.Read more

  • Day7

    Stop in Glengeriff

    July 8, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Kohldampf 😁
    Habens bald geschafft. Da wir eh erst um 16:00 Uhr einchecken können, machen wir hier erst noch nen Stop u orientieren uns.
    Versuche einen Surf Kurs zu machen. Sieht momentan aber schlecht aus... wir werden sehn, was wir hier noch machen. Scheint auf jeden Fall ruhiger.Read more

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