After spending ten to fifteen seconds cursing at no one in particular, I eased back into the drivers seat, massaging the side of my forehead where the car door bounced off it, nearly knocking me clean out.
Wincing slightly, I took a glance around. The view was well worth the borderline concussion.
As you can see from the footage above, I was perched at the top of a steep hill at Brow Head in West Cork, gazing down the narrow grass lined road that leads to Crookhaven.
Rain drops were hopping off the car roof like little liquid torpedoes while the wind attacked from every angle, rocking the car from side to side.
The Wild Atlantic Way… now I get it.
In my mind, this is what exploring Ireland is all about; experiencing the islands beauty in its rawest form.
No fancy visitor centers. No crowds. Just nature, as it was intended.
Visiting the off-the-beaten-track isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but for those of you in search of an experience that’ll leave a memory long after your chest infection wears off, the below will serve as your very own treasure map.
OK, OK – where does Star Wars Episode VIII come in?
Yep, like Skellig Michael and many other locations on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, Brow Head has been imortilazed in a galaxy far, far away in Star Wars Episode VIII
Set to launch in December 2017, the film is guaranteed to give the areas tourism numbers a solid boost.
Filming at the location kicked off back in 2016 and the lads at Lucas Film were so impressed they took out a newspaper ad thanking the people of West Cork for their hospitality!
Taking you there
Now that that’s out of the way – how to get to Brow Head!
I drove to Crookhaven from Clonakilty, which took around an hour and 15 minutes. The journey up to Brow Head only took around 5 minutes from there.
Here’s the location on Google Maps that’ll take you to the chunk of Brow Head seen in the photos and videos above.
Fingers crossed you don’t meet someone on the way up/down…