Waking up to this view in West Cork was quite something. But not only that, but seeing it from through the windows of one of those quirky little pods you see in the distance. Idyllic! Added to that, once I’d popped my head out the door t0 take the photo, the smell that wafts towards my nose is some freshly baked scones in a bag on the door, with some locally (several fields away) produced jam and yoghurt to go with my breakfast (thanks Glenilen).
So where is this haven of tranquility? Drimoleague, West Cork. Not one often on the tourist trails, but for this alone, it’s worth the small detour off the wild atlantic way. Great for not only getting away from things, but also for those who like walking the scenic paths of west Cork networked together in Drimoleague Walkways or in my case, running the scenic paths, as I don’t have the patience for walks!
And the accommodation? Top of the Rock Pod Pairc ranges from luxury pods, to standard ones, though truth being said, they’re all glamping and nothing luxurious! With shower and toilet facilities onsite, a kitchen, pool room and living space and farm life too, it’s a stunning setting to even escape from city life for a few days.
David and Elizabeth Ross who used to farm on this land and now largely just run this Pod Pairc, are the most wonderful hosts, who can lead walking parties, give you interesting information about the area, and are some of the most humble people I have met.
So whether you’re in Cork city and just fancy a break, or if you’re further afield and visiting Ireland, I would thoroughly recommend a night at least, tucked up in a cosy Pod!