Posted by: travelrat | February 17, 2012

The Road to Bantry

September 17th, 2011

This morning, we set off to Bantry. If we’d taken the main road, we could have been there in a hour, but, with all the time in the world, we didn’t. Our way took us on the R600 road out of Kinsale, rather than the National Route N71. There wasn’t much traffic on that road, and plenty of places to pull in to take photographs, if we wished.

A sign invited us to turn off to a place called Kilbrittain, where we could inspect the skeleton of a whale. We passed on that … we didn’t think the sight would be an edifying one, and I didn’t want to find out the hard way why the place was so called … especially as I had a British number plate on my car.

Instead, we stopped for a leg-stretch at a charming town called Timoleague, where we photographed a charming old ruined abbey.

The next stop was a slight diversion to a place called Skibereen. That’s a name which conjures up visions of an Ireland that probably never existed outside the set of ‘Ballykissangel’ or ‘Father Ted’. Our excuse was we wanted coffee and needed an ATM, but the name was enough of a draw. We found it to be a busy, bustling, fair-sized town, although it retained a touch of the Irish, with its brightly painted buildings, its flowers and the names painted in a slightly old fashioned script over the shops.



  1. Hi Keith,
    A lovely drive, very nice scenery.
    I had to laugh at the name “Kilbrittain” that is just unreal.
    The old Abbey looks very interesting, and the town looks rather sweet I thought. 🙂

    • We were wondering who ‘Tim O’League’ was! 😀

  2. It’s lovely. I really like the look of the old shops. The ruined abbey is amazing cut into the rise like that. A very charming place!

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