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Sheep’s Head Peninsula/Ireland

Introducing Sheep’s Head Peninsula

The least visited of Cork's three peninsulas, Sheep's Head has a charm all its own – and plenty of sheep. There are sweeping seascapes to appreciate from the loop road running along most of its length. A good link road with terrific views, called the Goat's Path Rd, runs between Gortnakilly and Kilcrohane (on the north and south coasts respectively), over the western flank of Mt Seefin (345m), which offers an exhilarating 1km stride to the summit.

Ahakista (Atha an Chiste) consists of a couple of pubs – including the charming, tin-roofed, stone pub the Ahakista Bar, aka the Tin Pub, set amid flowering gardens on the waterfront – and a few houses stretched out along the R591. Filled with colourful works of art and cute gifts, the Heron Gallery, Cafe & Gardens is a charming place to pause; cakes are served year-round, and from around April to October its wholesome menu (including falafels, caramelised red onion and goats cheese tart, and soups such as Thai-spiced parsnip) is excellent. Wildflowers bloom in the gardens.

An ancient stone circle is signposted at the southern end of Ahakista; access is via a short pathway.

The peninsula's other village is Kilcrohane, 6km to the southwest, beside a fine beach.

The peninsula's website has tourist info.