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  • pfefmeister
    San Francisco, California3,034 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not So Bad
    I thought this road would be worse than it actually was. You have good sight lines, so easy to see oncoming cars and plan accordingly. Up and over to the south side of the peninsula provides lovely vistas. I’d do it again. Very panoramic.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 11, 2023
  • Bill A
    Spring Lake, New Jersey598 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exhilarating drive
    If you enjoy driving narrow, winding roads along steep mountain sides, the Healy Pass is for you. The guard rails are basically non-existent, but the views are spectacular. I found it to be even more enjoyable than the Conor Pass on the Dingle peninsula. Take your time and enjoy the thrill!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 2, 2023
  • nanajoycew
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A place of tranquility
    If you are ever near Bantry or Kenmare the Ring of Beara is a wonderful experience. The trip around is great and beautiful views but there is a pass between Lauragh and Adrigole that you should drive. It is breathtaking. Go from the west side at Laura th to the east side then you can take the road to Castletownbeara and on down to Dursey Island and then drive the west side from Allihies back to Kenmare. It is the most peaceful beautiful place in Ireland.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 30, 2024
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Molly D
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
The Healy Pass is a beautiful drive with lovely scenery even in bleak weather.

HOWEVER the experience was tainted by an extremely uncomfortable situation.

I was with my husband and friend and her fiancé.

A old man with sheep flagged down our car.
He then leant into the window and started asking the group very personal and strange questions about our relationships, children, marriage etc.

He then opened up the passenger door and leant in and kissed my head and asked for a photo. When we tried to leave and drive off he clung onto the door and was trying to stop us.

Overall very strange. Would not recommend travelling alone and if you do, make sure windows and doors are locked.
Written October 30, 2022
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,868 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Solo
The Healy Pass took my breath away. I can't remember ever doing a more besutiful drive. It cuts across the Beara Peninsula climbing up along a snaking winding road affording incredible views of the valley, lake and coastline below.
The road is winding but you can see everything coming as it hugs the mountainside or snakes down the valley. The only part that is blind is the very beginning and end as you reach the coast as the road has high overgrown ditches and trees that restrict visibility.
I did it from the Kerry side over towards the Eastern or Cork side of the peninsula. It's amazing. Go slow, go safe and stop at the viewpoints for pictures - keep your eyes on the road!
Written July 11, 2021
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA3,034 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
I thought this road would be worse than it actually was. You have good sight lines, so easy to see oncoming cars and plan accordingly. Up and over to the south side of the peninsula provides lovely vistas. I’d do it again. Very panoramic.
Written May 11, 2023
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Victor S
Milford, CT10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Friends
As an American not used to driving with the steering wheel on the right side of the car it was a little daunting at first. Just drove slowly and enjoyed the fields and severe (150+ feet) drops.
No guardrails folks. Two way traffic, one lane road, limited pull overs, sheep in the road, mountain passes.
All of it makes for an interesting experience!
The scenery is nothing short of spectacular.
Written April 19, 2022
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DontPoketheBear
Atlanta, GA34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
It’s been said this is one of the best if not the most scenic road in Ireland. Hair raising drive through narrow mountain road but absolutely stunning scenery. One of the most beautiful drives I’ve ever done.
Written September 11, 2022
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Bill A
Spring Lake, NJ598 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
If you enjoy driving narrow, winding roads along steep mountain sides, the Healy Pass is for you. The guard rails are basically non-existent, but the views are spectacular. I found it to be even more enjoyable than the Conor Pass on the Dingle peninsula. Take your time and enjoy the thrill!
Written August 2, 2023
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Josh P
Canada25 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
First off I will say that the Healy Pass is extremely beautiful and this review doesn't have to do with the quality of the drive.

DRIVER BEWARE: This has to do with an older man that came up to us on a tractor while we were at a pull-in just before a bridge on the pass. The initial conversation was uncomfortable but then he started really questioning my girlfriend about some very personal things (pregnancy, her mother, and her sister) and than asked for a picture. We reluctantly took the picture but he was very grabby. We got back in the car and the man leaned in to the car to continue talking and we were not able to leave as he made this uncomfortable. Finally I just shook his hand and said we had to go. He quickly walked around to the other side where my girlfriend was seated and grabbed her face and kissed her head multiple times. He continued talking, leaned into the vehicle so we couldn't move. He would stand up and look around every now and then looking for other people on the road (there were none...). Now we know that Irish are known for their hospitality and europeans can be different than folks at home but I believe this situation had the potential to become dangerous.

We travel a lot, have spoken to a lot people in different parts of the world but have never crossed someone who made us uncomfortable like this. It was the hammering of questions and the fact that he was not letting us leave while also looking to see if there were other cars coming that set red flags for us. This exchange was over half an hour.

This is just a warning that there is an individual on the Healy Pass that I would avoid at all costs. Drives an old tractor and says he takes care of the sheep; would not offer more info when questioned while we talked.
Written April 19, 2018
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MandR818
Florida147 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
Like Josh P, we encountered this same guy in May. He was at the bridge, approximately half way over the pass. He had his tractor parked partly on the road, and he was standing in the middle. Hard to avoid him; we slowed, thinking he needed help. From then on, it was much like Josh's experience...arms on window ledge, leaning in, increasingly personal questions, hard to disengage. (We did not experience the assault on the female passenger, however.) He backed up when another vehicle approached from the other direction and we were able to pull away after our cars passed.
Advice: slow as necessary to safely pass, but don't stop and certainly don't roll down your window.

We wouldn't discourage anyone from taking the drive, but keep an eye out for this menace on the road. He may be harmless, but the experience is most unpleasant. It IS a terrific drive.
Written June 15, 2018
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ReginafromCatskill
Catskill, NY6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
On the Beara Peninsula we drove through possibly the most spectacular scenery I have ever seen, on a road called the Healy Pass , with its kaleidoscopic scenery of steeply rising and sharply falling fields in dozens of shades of green, all dotted with hundreds of cotton balls, sheep really, and a serpentine road. Picturesque beyond belief.
Written November 12, 2009
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julescKent
Kent38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011
i read in guide books that this was just as stunning as the ring of kerry but quieter, and it was both. some of the best scenery i have ever seen. we started from glengarriff drove towards adrigole over healy pass then down to eyeries and back through castletown - we missed out the cable car to dursey island as i could not pluck up the courage !
healy pass was spectacular it was a clear sunny day, i had a couple of guide books and one said to drive over from adrigole as you got the best views - i think this probably refered to glanmore lake on the other side. there were a few cars on healy pass but once we started going round the island we hardly saw a soul. the highlight of my holiday.
Written August 30, 2011
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