Galley Head

I’ve posted photos from some other heads in Ireland, so I’d better continue and post about another beautiful head, the Galley head.
I love the sea, and open spaces. Maybe because I grew up in an area with extensive forests, I don’t know, but I’ve always had such intense feelings of freedom when I find myself on plains or other areas where you can see far away. And when I’m at the sea, I can’t get enough of it. I love waves crashing towards rocks, dramatic landscape, or just the view of water, rocks, boats. I love the Irish coastline, maybe especially because the weather there is so rough that it doesn’t attract mass tourism to the beaches, other than wind surfers, photographers, bird watchers, people who generally love the outdoors, and similar. The beaches there are peaceful and relaxing to visit. When I get to these places, like the Slea head drive in Kerry, and whatever coastal spot in West Cork, I want to just sit down and stay there for the rest of my life.

Galley head is near Clonakilty and apart from the beauty, it’s now an interesting area also because the future whiskey distillery in Clonakilty is growing barley out there.
There’s the actual Galley Head, the point with the lighthouse, and there’s the beach nearby (I don’t remember if this is Red strand or Long strand, but I remember Red strand as much more rocky and rough. However, if you know this area, please enlighten me!), and a nice area around the cliffs close to the lighthouse where you can walk around and have picnics.

It was a lovely day when we went out there. A bit too cold and windy to stay for picnic or the likes, but still lovely.

If you ever think about what season is the best to visit Ireland, I’d say – all of them! But if you go in August, you’ll see these orange flowers grow everywhere.

You can’t near to the lighthouse because the area is closed, unless you rent a cottage there. But who cares, when there is this?

You can’t get much closer to paradise than this.. (well, that would be Sheep’s head peninsula). Actually, next time we go to Ireland we’re actually going to live in a cottage in Ardfield, on the way between Clonakilty and Galley head. I’m really looking forward to it!


10 comments on “Galley Head”

  • Claudine

    Oh my, these photos are beautiful <3 I love the sea too, being near a beach is very relaxing for me. I like how Galley head looks so serene and peaceful – I wish I could go somewhere like this and relax for a whole day!

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    • Susanne

      It sure is a beautiful place!!! I hope you can find something like it and take a day off!

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  • Kristina

    I wonder if I can convince the fiance to skip the wedding and agree to do the honeymoon earlier so we can go here?

    It’s so pretty D:

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    • Susanne

      Come over for St Patrick’s day! I’ll be there. 🙂

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  • Kassy

    Wow, it looks like such a fantastic place to visit. Ireland has always been a place I have wanted to visit because the majority of my ancestry is from Ireland. I love the photos!

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    • Susanne

      I’m glad you like them! How exciting about your ancestry, do you know what area in Ireland they are from?

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  • Audrey

    Wow- gorgeous! These pictures look like they off a postcard or out of a book! So stunning and relaxing.

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    • Susanne

      Thanks, and thanks for visiting! The Galley Head area is fantastic, I love it there.

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  • Enda Sheppard

    Amazing photos of an amazing place #JoBlogsTime

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    • Susanne

      Thank you, and yes, the place is truly amazing!

      Reply

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