The Lee Valley Golf and Country Club was the venue for our end of summer barbecue on Saturday, September 26th. From 8 p.m. on, RTAI Cork members gathered and enjoyed a social evening together in a relaxed and very pleasant atmosphere. It was great to catch up with friends and to chat, dance and partake of the delicious food on offer.
Thanks to Lisa and staff at the Lee Valley for ensuring that this event was such an enjoyable one and to all who attended and contributed to the conviviality of the occasion.
On Wednesday and Thursday, 14th & 15th September, the Ramblers had an overnight outing to Sherkin Island and the Sheep’s Head Peninsula.
The hike on Sherkin was part of the Taste of West Cork festival and we joined a larger group of hikers on the day. We had a calm crossing from Baltimore, followed by tea and scones at The Islander’s Rest, for an early taste of West Cork! Suitably fortified, we set out under the watchful eyes of Gary Minihane and Don Davis, our guides for the day.
It was a varied hike, over paths, road, rocks, grass and beach. We stopped at various points for photos, and to get orientation from our guides. It was interesting to see Baltimore and the Beacon from a new angle! Also, Oileán Chléire was clearly visible from our vantage point above the beach.
We didn’t escape the rain, but we were well insulated! The great feed of mussels (and more) at the Islander’s Rest on our return was just what we needed to warm us up and send us merrily on our return to Baltimore.
Later that evening, a few group members took a boat trip up theIlen River, and reported very enthusiastically to the rest of the group, over dinner.
Some people stayed overnight in Baltimore, some stayed in Bantry, and others joined the group the following morning for the Sheep’s Head hikes.
Although the morning was misty, the sky cleared over Sheep’s Head and another great day was had by all.
On Thursday 8th September we had an “Amblers adventure” on the Ballycotton Cliff Walk. 31 walkers took part in fine fresh weather along the coastal path and completed the 10k looped route ( by agreement !) in under 3 hours with some stops on the way. We made it back just before the rain for wonderful seafood at the Schooner Bar where we were well looked after by owners Mike and Brid O’Shea and lovely staff Cliodhna and Marion.