A Secret Irish Jewel (with no name or directions)

Part of the magic of travel in Ireland for the modern person is all about getting lost. This is so you can find yourself again. What do I mean?

Have you ever had something go “wrong” only to realize that whatever happened actually led you to something of great value?

If my plans hadn’t gone awry during my first trip to Ireland, I may never have met some amazing people who made a huge impact on my life, some of whom I’m lucky to still be connected with. And it’s possible that my foot may never have touched the ground on the beautiful Sheep’s Head Peninsula, which later became the home of Retreat To Ireland.

Luckily getting lost in Ireland is quite easy. Check out the following picture:

Picture of a crazy Irish signpost

What you may immediately notice is that there are many brown and some white “pointed suggestions” for how to get to where you’re going. What you may not notice, simply because you aren’t from here, is that Kilchrohane is actually towards Good Things Cafe and not at all towards Bantry. With GPS units available for an often hefty fee in rental cars, getting lost becomes harder, but not impossible. If you’d like the security of a GPS unit, jut don’t use it all the time. You’re missing out.

Anyway, why all of this getting lost business? Well I thought I’d do my part to be ambiguous and lead you adrift. I’m about to share with you a secret jewel of a place that I hope you can find. I’ve not included directions simply because I don’t want this place to get overrun by tourists. But those who work for it should get the opportunity!

Photo of an Irish beach with find, golden sand

This is a gorgeous place to come on a nice warm day and frolic. Or chill if that’s more your style. Some people surf, while others swim, and still others explore, beach combing and wandering the headlands.


A woman and her black dog walking on a beach

Here are a few clues for you. The beach exists in SW County Cork. There is a river that runs into the sea there. There are vacation properties and a hotel inland and to the right of this picture. Towards the river you’ll find sand dunes and lots and lots of rabbits.

If you are truly taking on the spirit of this adventure do NOT Google anything about this place. You may ask Irish people once you arrive in their country. You may show them the picture if you like. But that is all.

Please, if you go looking for this place, send me your story. I would love to hear it!

And here’s to a bit of mischief and chance in an age where magic is quickly losing it’s hold on humanity’s heart.


Retreat to Ireland 2018

We have two sets of dates offering retreats in SW Cork this year. Two opportunities to let go, grow, refresh, and energize your life. Click HERE for more details.


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