The Beara Peninsula
Experience the Rugged and Magical Coastline
Perhaps you have already experienced the magic of the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula, you may wish to try another enchanting ‘Ring’ – the Ring of Beara. Set mainly in West Cork, the Beara Peninsula is an expanse of rugged splendour dipping into the Atlantic beyond Kenmare.
The 137km route (about 85 miles) clings primarily to the coast, but the most spectacular section of the Ring of Beara is the dramatic Healy Pass Road, which cuts across the peninsula between Kerry and Cork. The south side of the Ring follows the line of Bantry Bay, threading its way through a series of charming working fishing villages, whereas the north side reveals dramatic coastal scenery as it winds its way around the hidden corners of the peninsula.
Major attractions include the exciting cable car ride (which is seasonal) out to Dursey Island and some invigorating hill-walking territory. Garnish Island, accessible via ferry, from Glengarriff, is home to some spectacular gardens.