Glengarriff – Ireland

Glengarriff is a village at the base of the Beara Peninsula of County Cork in southwest Ireland. It’s in an inlet of Bantry Bay, and became a tourist resort in the late 19th century. In those days tourists arrived by paddle steamer, and there was no road across the hills to Kerry until a tunnel…

Perth and Kinross – Scotland

Perthshire and Kinrosshire are two counties in the north east of Scotland. Here is the divide between Lowland and Highland, as the hills suddenly rear up from the broad valleys. The Lowlands: The Highlands: There’s a false start with the Ochills five miles south of Perth. But continue north, and it’s very obvious when you’ve reached the real thing.…

Charante-Maritime, Nouvelle-Aquitaine – France

Charente-Maritime is a department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of southwestern France. This beautiful area of southwest France was born out of the French Revolution. The two areas of Saintonge, based on the old Roman town of Saintes, and Aunis, based around the old Huguenot stronghold of La Rochelle, were merged and Charente Maritime was born. This is where the…