The first of my post’s from our very recent holiday in Co Kerry and Co Galway. I’m not going to post in chronological order of what we did. Although, our trip to Sheep’s Head Yarns and Peninsula was our first main outing. I hope you will enjoy the posts, we were incredibly lucky with the weather. It was hot and sunny (for the west of Ireland this is unusual) for our whole trip… which was amazing, but I hadn’t been expecting it to be quite this warm and hadn’t packed for hot weather!
I’d heard about the Sheep’s Head Yarn Festival on Twitter and had noticed that the last day of the festival was the day after our arrival in Co Kerry although the Yarn Festival was being held in Co Cork, quite a long way from where we were staying.
We had a slow start to the day as we were tired after the long drive the day before. By the time we remembered about the Yarn Festival, it was after 11am and I said” we’re too late”. Neil said, “let’s go, even if we only arrive for the last hour or so”!
Thomasina (our TomTom), directed us up through the Gap of Dunloe, through Black Valley and towards Co Cork. About half way we stopped at Molly Gallivan’s Cottage, on the Beara Peninsula, to stretch our legs and eat vanilla ice cream as it was a hot day.
We reached Kilcrohane on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula about 30 minutes before they closed the Yarn Market. Which really was pretty impressive!
The organising committee had worked very hard organising the Sheep’s Head Yarn Festival and there was some very cool yarn bombing situated around the village. I really love the creativity that people show with yarn bombing. It is fun, interesting and added a splash of colour to the village.
We wandered through the village, walking up the hill past the church to Eileen’s Pub, where we relaxed for a while sipping a cold drink, and listening to the banter in several different languages. The pub was busy with lots of walkers who were walking on the Sheep’s Head Way. A wonderful walk all the way around this pretty peninsula.
There was a friendly black and white dog who was very busy introducing himself to everyone.
The visit to Kilcrohane on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula was worth every moment of the drive just to enjoy the afternoon sunshine and the yarn bombing.
Sadly, it had taken us longer to arrive than we had expected, so we only had a short time to look around the shop and yarn market as most of the vendors were packing their yarns away.
I heard that they will be holding the Sheep’s Head Yarn Festival again next year. So do keep an eye on their website to find out when it will be held. It sounded like everyone had thoroughly enjoyed themselves.