Hidden deep in the wooded Bantry Bay area, Glengarriff (Gleann Garbh; www.glengarriff.ie) is an attractive village that snares plenty of passers-by in need of sweaters. Nearby, the rough, rocky Caha Mountains make for good hill walking (and, if you're game, an exhilarating drive to Priest's Leap).
Mizen Head Peninsula
From Skibbereen the N71 rolls west through Ballydehob, the gateway to the Mizen (rhymes with wizzen). From here, the R592 continues to the pretty village of Schull. Travelling on the R592 and R591 into the undulating countryside takes you through ever-smaller settlements to the village of Goleen. Even here the Mizen isn't done.
Glengarriff to Castletownbere
The striations of the peninsula's underlying bedrock become evident as you drive west from Glengarriff towards Castletownbere. On the highest hills, Sugarloaf Mountain and Hungry Hill, rock walls known as 'benches' snake backwards and forwards across the slopes. They can make walking on these mountains quite challenging, and dangerous in fog.