Suggested days while staying in Bothar Bui;
If you can tear yourself away from relaxing in Bothar Bui and would like to do more than a wander down the wood and a dip in the sea below, here are a few places you might like to visit:
Go right at the top of the drive and head around Kilcatherine where you will come across some antiquities including Kilcatherine church, "the Hag of Beara" and one of the finest examples of an Ogham stone in the world featuring writing in the ancient Ogham alphabet. You might like to continue on to Eyeries village, a very pretty colourful village where you can eat in the Eyeries Bistro in the middle of the village.
Derreen gardens, lunch in Helen's bar, Kilmakillogue, mussels and brown bread, delicious salmon sandwiches. Gardens exceptional for the rhododhendrons in April/May/June.
Dursey Island, up early and head for the cable car, bring a picnic and walk the island.
Climb Knockatee hill, above Kilmakillogue, followed by a visit to Kilmakillogue and dinner in Josies restaurant on Glanmore Lake.
Garnish beach, take a picnic and visit Allihies on the way home.
Drive via Allihies, follow signs to Dursey cable car and you will see signs for Garnish Strand.
Castletownbere is where you will probably do food shopping, nice lunch in McCarthy's bar, crab sandwiches, visit Sarah Walker gallery and the Millcove gallery. There’s a playground at the top of the town.
The cascades is a waterfall into a swimming pool in the river near Eyeries village. Teenagers love jumping in, it’s a beautiful place, not recommended for young children, To find the Cascades, heading towards Castletownbere,take the right turn shortly after Eyeries, signposted for Urhan and Allihies. Immediately on your right you will see a green sty over the ditch into a field next to a gate. Pull in here and you will hear the sound of the waterfalling, climb over the sty and cross two fields, it is down to your left, follow the sound of the water. If you are thirsty afterwards Causkey's bar in Eyeries village has a great view.
Glen Inchiquinn waterfall, about half an hour drive towards Kenmare.
Kenmare, great for shopping, Cleos, Nest and PFK goldsmith. Nice lunch in the Purple Heather or the Brasserie in the Park hotel, best pubs Crowleys or Florry Batts. Packie’s restaurant is wonderful, but only open for dinner.
Fair day in Kenmare is on Wednesday mornings.
The coastal walk around the Beara way route from Eyeries village to the coast guard station looping all the way back to the village via Eyeries strand, visit Shea’s bar in the village to catch the evening sun outside.
The walk from the Urhan Inn over the old mine mountain road to Allihies, about 2 hours, there’s a beautiful lake hidden at the top.
If you are prepared for the big boat trip and a drive to the boat, organise a day out to the Skelligs, trip of a life time. John Lar O’Shea 087 6898431
The Mine Museum, Allihies, really nice café and exhibition space.
Bantry House, fair day in Bantry is Friday mornings
There is a lovely small cinema in Bantry with all the latest releases, Tuesday night is Arthouse night. (one hour drive from Bothar Bui) 027 55777
Manning’s Emporium in Ballylickey on the way to Bantry is a very nice lunch stop.
Best places for lunch in Castletownbere are Breen’s lobster bar and McCarthy’s bar.
Ardgroom Post Office has a nice café.
Beara Tourism: www.bearatourism.com
Kenmare Tourism: www.kenmaretourism.com
Wildlife Park: www.coolwoodwildlifepark.com