Length: 81,1 km (50,4 miles)
Width: 2 lanes
Surface quality (out of 10): 8
Highest point: 334 metres (1,095 ft)
Operating times: open all year
Route: from to Kenmare to Healy Pass and then again to Kenmare
Healy Pass Road Description
Ireland is a stunning country and a great way to admire its scenery is by taking a drive on one of its famous roads. The one leading you to Healy Pass is a beautiful one, and it features all the elements you would want to find in a route you chose to drive.
This road is truly wild. There is little traffic, many thrilling serpentines and the mountain landscape is impressive. So, there’s no doubt that you should try it out when in Ireland. As mentioned before, it also is a great way to check out the scenery.
The Healy Pass is located at an elevation of 334 metres (1,095 ft) above the sea level, in the Beara peninsula, in the Caha mountain range. Thanks to its winding design and breathtaking views, this road is considered one of Ireland’s greatest drives.
Driving towards the pass
The road you will be driving on is the R571, and it winds through the mountains and the west coast. It goes through the Caha mountain range where the landscape is composed of rocks, as well as grazing land.
The asphalted surface of the road can become narrow at times. Also, because it features many serpentines, you have to drive carefully here, without letting the scenery capture too much of your attention. Even though it can be difficult to drive here without admiring the incredible views. Taking this route requires caution, especially when traversing the area when there is mist, usually in the early morning or late evening. Moreover, the weather can be harsh and unpredictable, so check the weather predictions before going for a ride here. It’s much better to see the views when it’s sunny outside.
For drivers, this route has everything they would like when driving. It features many serpentine turns that are fun to drive on and allow you to see the scenery opening in front of you. The altitude this pass reaches isn’t the highest one, and there aren’t many elevation changes.
Driving up the Healy Pass is entertaining thanks to the opportunity it’s giving you to admire the rugged and beautiful scenery. You will see the most stunning views when you will get over the pass. After this point, if you look down, you can see the lakes and valleys below. The drive up there is definitely worth it, both because of the good quality of the road, the excitement that comes along with each twist and the amazing views. Overall, this is a great road to drive. You can stop by in a few places to just take in the landscape and then continue your drive. You won’ t want it to end anyway so take your time while here.
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