Léim an tSagairt
County Cork

With a half-hour ride through the Caha Mountains via the N71 you get quite comfortable from Kenmare to Glengarriff. An alternate drive is the scenically beautiful but not easily manageable route over the “Priest’s Leap” pass. Once you have found the correct turn-off of the N71 the road soon gets increasingly narrow and transforms to a single lane track. Now, oncoming traffic represents a real challenge as there are only a few pulling-in points. The narrow road winds its way in many turns higher and higher and after a while you find yourself surrounded by a handsome mountain scenery. The top of the pass reveals spectacular panoramic views of the Bantry Bay. But this is not only a visual highlight – in this place there is absolute silence. Only the bleating of some sheep can be heard from time to time – that’s pure Ireland. Beside the road a rock with a cross on it rises up. There is a story to this rock which also gave the pass its name: A priest being pursued by english soldiers jumped off with horse and landed some miles away in Bantry. The escape of the priest, incidentally, was successful and the pass had its name: Priets’s Leap