Westerly Cottage lies on the Beara Peninsula just a short walk from Adrigole Harbour, an inlet of Bantry Bay.
To the rear of the house, the Caha Mountain range runs down the spine of Beara, and Hungry Hill is the highest of its peaks.
photo Richard Webb
The panorama at the summit is of course staggering, but the route is a bit all-terrain and needs fine weather.
It is down this mountain that the Mare’s Tail Waterfall - some say Irelands highest – tumbles and cascades.
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The Ring of Beara road twists its way around this rugged headland, exposing colourful hamlets in its path. Narrow, but with minimal traffic, it is a splendid tour, and the views are spectacular. For Cyclists or walkers the Beara Way offers a safer route.
At the tip of the peninsula a spur off the loop road continues to Ballaghboy. From here you can catch Irelands only cable car for the ten minute ride to Dursey Island.
The rickety car carries six passengers (or the equivalent in sheep) about 250m above infamous Dursey Sound, where strong tides make travelling by boat hazardous.
With magnificent views stretching from the Skelligs to Mizen Head, only a handful of inhabitants brave this wild and windy island.
Dolphins, whales and innocent basking sharks are frequently seen in the surrounding seas.
At the end of the 18th century a republican group seeking to overthrow British rule in Ireland, and spurred on by activities in America and France, managed to persuade the French to send a sizeable fleet of ships and some 14,000 troops to Bantry Bay.
Storms and general mismanagement doomed the Armada – an exhibition in Bantry House details more of this, plus the gardens are fantastic.