Wild Atlantic Way, Day Six:

Today we woke up to the sun shining in the Kerry mountains. We got showered, packed up the van and continued our trip. As we had only driven down half of the Bera peninsula before going over Healy pass yesterday, we decided to drive on down and around the coast before heading back up to Glengarrif. This drive was equally as incredible as yesterday, as through Ardgroom and down towards Pallas strand and Allihies have some incredible views. We took our time with this drive and arrived in Glengarrif around 1pm. We had been looking forward to getting the ferry out from here at blue pool to Garinish island. While we waited for the next ferry to arrive, we ate our lunch overlooking blue pool. The ferry was €12 each, plus a €3 admission fee when we arrived on the island. We soon discovered this was money very well spent, as we walked around the huge, rainforest - like island which was awash with colour from the thousands of tropical plants species living there. There was a free walking tour of the house of the Bryce family, which we enjoyed and found extremely interesting. On the way back, we saw some seals in the water and perched on top of rocks. The ferry journey lasted around 20 minutes. When we arrived back on mainland we decided that it was time to drive up towards Kenmare, which is the first town on the Ring of Kerry when you approach from the south. The drive to get there was slightly interesting, (to say the least!). We found a road off the Wild Atlantic way which looked like it would take us through the mountains, and after our beautiful drive through Healy pass, we thought it would be another one not to miss. We made our way upwards through the mountains to the top of an incredibly steep final slope, with Claire holding on for dear life! At the top we read a stone marked ‘the priest leap’. We later discovered that this road was the highest mountain pass road in Munster at 463m. Views from the top are incredible, abd those going down the other side were equally as beautiful and breathtaking. We finally made it back down to civilisation and we soon arrived in Kenmare, where we decided to stop for dinner. We went to an upmarket chip shop we had chips, onion rings and mushy peas. We then continued around the Ring of Kerry northbound arriving at a town called Sneem. Here we found a small motorhome site for €10 which overlooked the Sneem river. We went to the pub for a few hours in the evening which we enjoyed, and when we got back to the van Nathan had to fill a leak in the back door seal with glue as we knew there was rain coming. Finally, it was time for bed.

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