After a brisk blustery walk, we sometimes stop off in a nearby pub for a drink on the way home. A pint of Guinness or hot whiskey in front of an open fire on a winter’s evening – there’s nothing quite like it! Here are three of our favourite cosy pubs with a selection of winter walks to match… all a short drive from Caragh Lake.
1. The Glenbeigh Hotel
The Glenbeigh Hotel is as cosy as it gets.
Set down off the main road, with open fires, timber beams and a warm welcome, it’s the perfect place after a winter’s stroll on the beach at Rossbeigh (go at low tide) or a more adventurous hike up the Windy Gap.
They also serve good pub food. Fish and chips with a pint of Guinness and a roaring fire… what’s there not to love?
2. Jack’s Coastguard Bar & Restaurant
Jack’s is a beautiful old coastguard station, with a small cosy pub out the front and elegant fine dining restaurant at the back.
In the winter there’s usually a few locals at the bar, the fire down and the wind blowing outside. A fabulous place for a quiet pint after a stroll down the road to The Point or to Dooks and back when the tide is out.
If you fancy treating yourself, you could plan the walk after Sunday lunch in the restaurant. Check the winter opening times, especially in January.
3. The Climber’s Inn
The Climber’s Inn is a cosy hideaway up in Glencar. A firm favourite for hillwalkers, it’s also the local shop and post office for the area.
If you feel like it, you can also give your very own sermon from the church pulpit out the back.
There are plenty other cosy pubs in the Reeks District. Which ones are your favourites? We’d love to hear them.