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My Favourite Drive: Ollie Brannock revisits Killarney's lakes where he proposed

‘You see horses and carts there and they don’t stop for anyone.’

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Journeys, even everyday ones, can mean a lot. Ollie Brannock is a Sales Manager at Boland SkodaAs someone with a passion for motoring, Ollie told TheJournal.ie about the drive that means the most to him.

First up, describe the drive.

My wife and I go to Killarney once a year. My favourite drive to do there starts from the Lake Hotel in Killarney, heading out the Muckross Road, stopping at Avoca for a coffee, and heading onward from Kenmare into Sneem.

We go once a year, we’ve done it a few times. Every time we go down we do that same drive. You can see right over the ditches and hedges so it’s a really beautiful perspective – the scenery, the winding roads and up the hills.

From the main roads, there are plenty of winding back roads with tight bends. You could meet anything – even a horse and cart! I’ve never had a close call though, thankfully. Last time we did the drive, we went through Moll’s Gap with its incredible scenery. You see horses and carts there and they don’t stop for anyone.

We stay in the Lake Hotel, it’s the atmosphere that makes it. It was a small weekend away, after the first quarter of the year – as a sales man I work in quarters!

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Is there a view or a moment that sums it up?

We always get out of the car at Lady’s View halfway up, looking down into Killarney and over the lakes.  That whole drive takes the guts of two hours between stopping for the view and having a coffee. It’s a pleasure every minute.

What makes it special?

We got engaged in Killarney four years ago, during a stay at the Lake Hotel, so it holds great memories for us. We might go back in October to experience it again in the colder weather. It’s a three and a half hour drive from Carlow, but it’s always worth it.

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