Sheep’s Head Peninsula in West Cork, Ireland

We stayed in Kilcrohane for our holiday, so driving to the Sheep’s Head was the first place to explore.

Where to go on the Sheep's Head Peninsula

Where to go on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula

This trail leads all the way to the lighthouse. It is not advisable for small children as there are bogs and free roaming cattle along the way.

Sheep's Head trail in West Cork

Sheep’s Head trail in West Cork

Beautiful views and very few hikers.

Sheep's Head view

And yes, we passed some sheep.

Sheep on Sheep's Head

Notes from the Sheep’s Head Peninsula, Ireland

This was our annual summer holiday at Pinewood Cottage* in Kilcrohane. Among lots of resting, we also did a lot of reading, eating, and sleeping, for a whole week.

Morning exercise

Stopped for a pub lunch in Glengarriff.

A pub in Glengarriff

Traditional Irish pub food: chicken salad sandwiches and a crab cake plate.

Irish pub food

Had some good food at Arundel’s Restaurant in Ahakista, where waiters have to cross the street to serve patrons down at the pier.

waiters crossing

Our rental cottage – very spacious with three bedrooms, and we used the fireplace twice. Not for heat, just for comfort in the evening. We had been very lucky with the weather as well, we only had sun and wind, and plenty of it.

Pinewood Cottage, Kilcrohane

*Pinewood Cottage at TripAdvisor: http://www.tripadvisor.com/VacationRentalReview-g1652479-d7678709-Pinewood_Cottage-Kilcrohane_County_Cork.html

Two Weeks at the Baltic Sea

For this summer’s holiday, we had rented a vacation apartment in the fishing village of Maasholm (population: 700) which is located on the peninsula separating the Schlei Bay from the Baltic Sea.

Maasholm is such a quaint little village, but it has all the amenities residents and tourists need. Even the little grocery shop is open on Sundays. There are about five restaurants, two coffee shops, one grocery store, one bakery, a popular Imbiss Stand (German style: street vendor), which sells all kinds of fish, on any kind of sandwich.

This is what we saw on our first evening right after we arrived.

Schlei Bay

Schlei Bay

We got our keys to the apartment (which overlooked the Schlei Bay) and found ourselves across from a church. I took this photo from our living room, where we enjoyed splendid sunsets every evening.

Church in Maasholm

Church in Maasholm

As we are not confined to the German school summer break schedule, we were able to leave before high season. There were hardly any tourists. The beaches were empty and so it was just us, and the ocean breeze.

Baltic Sea

Baltic Sea

I’m an early riser, so I spent most mornings down at the port where I could sit on a bench and listen to the seagulls, watch some boats come in, and greet passersby with a “Moin”. This was also the best place to get wi-fi, and in our case, it was the only hot-spot we found.

Yachthafen Maasholm

Yachthafen Maasholm

I loved these mornings sitting there by the sea. By around 7am, I would head up the street to the bakery and get something for breakfast. And then I usually would return to the port.

Maasholm Port

Maasholm Port

I have been to many places throughout my life. I love to go places, but when the holidays come to a close, I usually look forward to coming home. In this case, it was different.

This might have been the first time I thought, I would like to stay longer.

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