Introducing 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. Take a map (Ordnance Survey Discovery series 84 and 85 cover the area) and compass if venturing into the hills, and seek local advice.
Adrigole is a scattered strip of houses. The West Cork Sailing Centre organises skippered sailing boats, and also rents kayaks (per hour €12).
From Adrigole, a serpentine road travels 11km north across the other-worldly Healy Pass to Lauragh, offering spectacular views of the rocky inland scenery.