Knockboy and Priest's Leap

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Knockboy and Priest's Leap
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Tommy Deenihan
Cork, Ireland78 contributions
Jun 2021
Recently drove this mountain pass from the Cork side. A bull was blocking the road at the start. Thankfully he moved aside of his own accord. The road is steep in the early stages. Had to change down to first gear on two occasions. Road was so steep. Car is a 1.2. Also realized that the handbrake had to be fully pulled up for it to work. Will check in advance in future. Near the top there is a steep drop to the valley floor. Then come to a point on the road where you see nothing on your left or in front of you. Only a wall of rock on the right. Road is a downward turn to the right at this point. Was quite humid at sea level. Chilly and windy at the top. Thankfully met no car coming against me.
Written 24 June 2021
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Camper254977
2 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Beautiful scenic drive in West Cork with rugged landscape. We started at Bonane and drove towards Glengarriff.
It's not half as scary and dangerous as other reviews make out! It would be a shame to miss out on this lovely drive and I would definitely recommend!
Written 22 August 2020
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Debbie V
Bovenkarspel, The Netherlands80 contributions
Sep 2019
Unlike some other reviewers we actually chose to drive over Priest's Leap. There are warnings at both ends of the drive so if you're a nervous driver (or passenger) I would suggest turning around and finding another route. We rather enjoy little jaunts on single track roads but, I have to admit, this was a little hairy at times with sheer drops and the road seemingly disappearing in front of your car bonnet. Loved it!
Written 8 October 2019
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Dart
Tyrrellspass, Ireland2 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
What a beautiful pocket of the South West of Cork, its amasing views, colours, shadows, streams, sheep and its stunning hiking possibilities. An amazing place to visit
Written 28 September 2019
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EagleEyeBoston
Boston, MA956 contributions
May 2019
We were fortunate to have a professional driver who knew the road. The views are spectacular. The experience was intense. We enjoyed it, but if you only get here by accident -- by GPS, it seems! -- then an accident likely will happen. Saw one car coming the other way -- they were gripping the wheel in total fright. The Leap (pronounced"lep") is around the peak of the road. You will NOT be surrounded by tourists, and most guides do not know the road. If you do it, do it in full daylight -- and with full insurance for your vehicle!
Written 29 August 2019
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Angela D
1 contribution
Aug 2019 • Friends
Like many others we were guided onto this road by GPS on the way to Bantry from the Ring of Kerry. If you see a sign for priests leap don’t do it. If you do decide to make sure all of your affairs are in order because you may not be coming home in one piece. The most terrifying road I have ever been on.
Written 16 August 2019
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AbsyUk
UK44 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
Like lots of others we drove this route by accident but we were so lucky. This morning was sunny and we set off at 7am so we drove the whole route seeing just one cyclist and lots of sheep and cows. The animals were sleeping on the road, as it was drier than the grass! I am a confident driver but in a mini I did need to be careful to drive off centre to protect it a bit as it is fairly low to the ground. Dad got out to move 6 very obstinate feeding cows and their calves which made for a bit more fun. The views were so stunning and we still made it to our whale watching trip on time, so all was good.
I’m so glad we did it
Written 27 July 2019
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shelldrakeDublin
Dublin30 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Love the Beara peninsula for its wonderful scenic mountain passes and roads. Thinking I had most of the wonderful roads covered this was suggested recently so staying in Bantry for a few days I took a spin. If you are not a confident driver do not undertake. This is a challenging road/mountain pass with very few opportunities to pass if you meet anyone on road. stunning views on a clear day well worth a spin. Not advisable in any vehicles low to ground as asking for trouble in places. Great photo opportunities. Stay safe and happy motoring.
Written 17 July 2019
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dee_bantry
Cork, Ireland45 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
What an amazing drive, turn left at Coomhola (near Ballylickey) and follow the signs for Priest's Leap. A wide valley open up with stunning views as you climb the mountain - beautiful walk, cycle, motorbike ride or drive. One not to miss when in this area.
Written 17 June 2019
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mdheffernan2017
Athy, Ireland46 contributions
Apr 2019
three years ago the SAT NAV sent Paddy and I up here late in the evening and when it became apparant what we where facing, we turned around and didn't complete the drive. Paddy was determined to go back and drive through the pass, so last week on a gloriously sunny April morning off we went in a 1 litre Toyota Yaris. That Yaris was tested to its limited, what a steep scary road, first gear most of the way. Thankfully we didn't meet any uncoming traffic, otherwise I don't know what we would have done as the track is a very narrow single lane. Stunning views abounded, you realize how high you are, 1,500 feet, when you step out of the car and the wind which non existent in Kenmare takes your breath away. Definitely worth the drive and the scariness
Written 25 April 2019
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