Healy Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 334 metres (1,095 ft) above the sea level located in the Beara peninsula, in the Caha mountain range. It’s one of the Ireland's greatest drives.
The pass, also named Bealach Scairt in Irish, is traversed by the serpentine R574. The road is truly wild. There is little traffic and the mountain landscape is breathtaking. The road over the pass is a very nice and scenic serpentine road that winds through the mountains at the west coast of Ireland. Well worth a visit!
The drive is definitely worth it. Don’t forget your camera! It's difficult to drive around Beara and not want to take lots of panoramic shots! The road winds through a desolate, otherworldly landscape, passing between two of the highest summits in the Caha mountain range.
The weather on this zone is harsh and highly unpredictable and it does not take much time for the bright sun shine to change over to moderate to heavy fog. Caution required when traversing and the area is subject to fog and mist in the early morning and late evening.
The road has serpentine turns, is asphalted and very narrow. The pass was named for Time Michael Healy, a politician from Cork who served as the first governor general of the Irish Free State.