Healy Pass

Healy Pass, one of Ireland's best drives

Healy Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 334m (1,095ft) above the sea level located in the Beara peninsula, in the Caha mountain range, in south west Ireland.

It’s one of the Ireland's greatest drives. The pass (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. It is a very nice and scenic serpentine road that winds through the mountains at the west coast of Ireland. Well worth a visit. Views are great on both sides of the pass. It's difficult to drive around Beara and not want to take lots of panoramic shots.

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 winds through a desolate, otherworldly landscape, passing between two of the highest summits in the Caha mountain range. The road was created in 1847 during the famine years in order to help prevent starvation.

Originally known as the Kerry Pass, take care if you are driving as spots are pretty tight. 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.


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