We started the day with a drive through the Caha Mountains to the little town of Skibbereen. As we left County Kerry and made our way in to County Cork, the weather was absolutely perfect for enjoying the scenery. We stopped along the winding road for some fresh air and photos.
Our first stop on the way to Skibbereen was in Glengarriff, where we took a small boat out to Garnish Island. Again, the scenery was just jaw-dropping. As we motored across Bantry Bay, our guide told us all about the small towns along the shore and pointed out various buildings of interest, like the stunning home owned by actress Maureen O’Hara.
Garnish Island is basically an enormous floating garden. A ring of tall trees around the island creates a sheltered atmosphere for a wide variety of plants from all over the world—and I feel compelled to mention that they are all as fragrant as they are beautiful to look at!
The island also holds a Martello Tower, which is a small defensive fort. Today, the tower provides panoramic views of the bay.
After exploring the gardens for about an hour, we took the boat back to Glengarriff for lunch. Then, it was on the road to Skibbereen to check into our hotel. When we’d settled in a bit, Emma and our driver Frank surprised us by offering to take us on an extra walk to the nearby Drombeg Stone Circle.
The circle was created sometime in the Bronze Age and was probably used in a burial ceremony. It was excavated in 1957. The Stone Circle was beautiful in the afternoon sunlight, but the best part was seeing all the rolling green hills for miles around.