Looking back, our accidental visit to the Priest's Leap has to be the most unforgettable experience we did in our last fifteen years of travel. We were travelling on N71 from KInsale to Kemore and missed a left turn somewhere after Bantry and got lost. The satnav (GPS), like some of the previous posters said, misguided us driving this route. After about forty minutes drive through beautiful cottages/villas country roads and half way up the mountain, we realized that there was no turning around. In fact, there was no place to turn around because the paved tar/gravel road was so narrow and only one lane. We started to worry because there was absolutely nobody around the area, but three quarters up, we saw cars coming down from the summit. Fortunately, we saw a recess along the road, and we pulled alongside and waited for them to come down. These were a convoy of three convertibles driven by German tourists. They waved as they drove pass us. At this point, we said to ourselves there must be a turn around place up the summit, or the road must continue over to the other side. We drove up to the top, admired the beautiful views on both sides, took pictures of the goats/sheep and the cross, and started the steep descent. It was hair-raising due to the narrowness of the steep road and the unprotected drops on one side, and also the driver's view frequently featured only the hood and the sky while we low geared over undulations. We finally made it safely down the mountain. It was a really scary experience!
There should be signs at the bottom of the road on both sides of Priest's Leap warning drivers of the unusual road conditions. If one were to mistakenly venture this route at night, following the GPS instructions, it would be disastrous.
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