We went on a long cycle through the coastal back roads of west cork at the start of February. We decided to head off as we were finally experiencing one of those beautiful clear crisp sunny days that unfortunately occurs only rarely in this beautiful part of the wild south of Ireland. Our trip began in the beautiful Nature reserve of Lough Hyne where we departed to the market town of Skibbereen for a coffee and scone a Field's coffee shop. We then headed towards the quite and sleepy village of Castletownshed that is situated on a steep hill before you can see the Atlantic ocean. Fitness is certainly needed for the cycle back out of this village. We carried on towards Toe head where we traversed the headland and watched out for sea life as we watched the waves break off the coastal cliffs and rocks. In the distance we could see the Stags and off to the west the Fastnet Rock and lighthouse was clear to see well beyond Cape Clear island.
The sun kept shining to show up this part of the journey at its brilliant best. In the distance we saw gannets diving for food into the water. Following this our journey headed back west towards Tragumana beach where we had another well deserved break and refuel on some granola bars freshly baked that morning. We headed back towards Skibbereen and onto the beautiful fishing village of Baltimore where we could see the islands of Sherkin and Cape Clear in the distance appearing quite close due to the brilliant winter sunshine. We had a beautiful pint of Guinness in Baltimore before we headed back to Lough Hyne to finish our journey as the sun crept behind the hill of Knockomagh. All in all a great days touring in this beautiful part of the world.
Edward & Sarah February 2016
To visit Baltimore, Skibbereen and cycle off the beaten track on the wild Atlantic way see our Suggested itineries