Skibbereen, Clonakilty and Timoleague

Back on the road again after a one nighter in Bantry, our first stop today is in Skibbereen.

Our target is The Heritage Centre and we are lucky to find a few empty parking spaces together that we can reverse the van into as the carpark is not huge. Luckily the friendly staff don’t mind.

The story of the great famine is tough to see and hear about but it’s certainly told vividly. The stories focus on Skibbereen, which was one of the worst affected areas in Ireland during the Famine. The centre is built next to the mill that housed one of the first large scale famine soup kitchens that fed 8,600 starving people a day.

Site of the Skibbereen soup kitchen

We also watched an excellent five minute film celebrating sea Lough Hyne, Ireland’s first Marine Reserve. We’d like to have visited but decided the road was just too narrow.

Google ariel image

Alongside the heritage centre runs the River Ilan…. pronounced eye..lan.

After Skibbereen we continue along the Wild Atlantic Way towards Timoleague. We drive through Clonakilty, the birth place of Michael Collins but don’t stop and land at our campsite, Sexton’s Caravan and Camping Park late afternoon near Timoleague. It’s very quiet.

Basically chill for the afternoon and evening, watching TV, including old episodes of Endeavour and Vera, and eating delicious van made lamb chops in redcurrant gravy.

Firefly again to end the day.

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