Pulleen Harbour, A Hidden Jewel at the end of the Road

It’s so great to be back to the Ring of Beara Blog again. So many delays but I’m back on track. We’ve just moved house from beautiful Beal Na Lappa and its splendid vistas to a lovely, bigger home in equally beautiful Cahergarriff.  If truth be told, I don’t think that there is any place on the Beara Peninsula that isn’t beautiful.

Cahergarriff ( Caher: means stone fort or ring fort, Garriff: means rough) is but a stone’s throw from Dunboy Castle. The road to Pulleen Harbour is narrow but car worthy. It’s also a great place for an ambling stroll to take in the sights and the peace of the countryside.

Although the area looks untouched and barely populated, it’s amazing to think about the many lives that once graced the area. A quick visit to Archaeology.ie unveiled the remains of a stone fort, standing stones, beehive huts, and an ancient bridge leading to a long, disused road. At one time this little corner of the world was a hub of activity.

 I’m so tempted to peek into that window, aren’t you?

After passing some small farmsteads the land opens up into a boggy lake area embraced by the surrounding hills. I’m tempted to slip down to the lake later to see if I can photograph some of the bird life that visits the area. There’s a grouchy old heron that often scolds me as I go by. If  I capture him on film I will share the photos with you here.

Ah! Beautiful Pulleen Harbour. Isn’t it a jewel? No wonder so many scenes from the movie Ondine were filmed here. You can watch the trailer for the movie below to catch glimpses of Castletownbere and Pulleen. The movie was filmed entirely here, on the Beara Peninsula.

Isn’t the scenery so rugged and gorgeous? (and the landscape isn’t so bad either 😉 ) After checking the archaeology maps more thoroughly I will go on a walkabout to see if I can find the standing stones, the huts or (fingers crossed) the stone fort itself. Stay tuned for more!

(…home again, home again, jiggity jig…..)

About Susanne Iles

Contemporary symbolist artist, writer,curator,and geek/nerd girl . Interested in photography, mythology, alchemy,ancient history,science,gaming and magic.
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16 Responses to Pulleen Harbour, A Hidden Jewel at the end of the Road

  1. Pete Lewis says:

    Can’t believe how long ago it was now that I saw you in Comox and you were planning for a year or two in Ireland. Amazing where life takes you and how it changes. Cool that you love it there!

  2. David McGrath says:

    We certainly enjoy your interesting blog and lovely photos of Beara. Thanks for sending them our way.

  3. Suz says:


  4. Shawn Collins says:

    Wow. So beautiful there.

  5. Bill G. says:

    Thank you Sue. It’s always wonderful to see these.

  6. Susanne Iles says:

    Always a pleasure…thank you so much for taking the time to comment. 🙂

  7. Maureen Maloney says:

    Thank you for the beautiful scenes on Beara…I think my Harrington’s came from there and I am still trying to prove it…but each time I read and see your Blog, it makes me want to return again.
    Please keep it coming and enjoy you new home and all the scenery!!

    Best from Boston,….called the Irish Annex!! 🙂

  8. Scribbler says:

    I imagine there should be all sorts of wildlife running around there; physical and otherwise (nod, nod, wink, wink). Look forward to hearing about your encounters with the “locals”.

  9. Marion says:

    Wow, Susanne! I wish I was there with you to amble the countryside…who knows where we might end up? I am so looking forward for more photos…the ones you posted look exactly what I’ve always imagined Ireland to be. I hope you’re all settled in now…I know only too well what moving is like! Have fun getting to know your new neighbourhood! xx

  10. Susanne Iles says:

    @Scribbler -You read my mind! 😉
    @Marion- I’ll put a pot on for you…
    @Maureen: Let me know who your Harringtons are…maybe I can help?
    @Bill, Shawn, Suz, David…you know I love hearing from you, thanks for stopping by
    @Pete..what can I say? It’s an amazing journey we’re on,isn’t it? Good to hear from you old friend.

  11. dbell says:

    WOW!! I’m envious!! I would LOVE living in an area like that!! Great photos and great writing!!

    Looking forward to following you on ExposeYourBlog! (http://exposeyourblog.com)!!


  12. susan wellington art says:

    Gorgeous photos. It looks like a lovely part of Ireland. You inspire me to go there.

  13. Des Kane says:

    .Susanne, Just back from a visit to Cahergarriff, its inspiring scenery, fantastic light, bracing air and beautiful harbour.
    My mission was to try and find a connection with my ancestors. A family called Green, Philip Green (born 1822) and his daughter Hanora (born C1851) who married a Matthew O’Neill in Castletown 1867. Hanora and Matthew are my great grandparents. If there is any one on this blog that can help I can be contacted at desjkane@eircom.net

  14. Mary Courtney says:

    I’m taking notes from your blog to prepare for my week there in early June. My cousin and I will come for the music weekend and stay for the walking. Then we’ll head up to Northwest Cork to catch up with cousins. –Mary Courtney, Santa Clarita, California

  15. Mary Courtney says:

    Oops, I forgot the main reason for writing: Thank you very much!

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