Beara Peninsula

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Allihies 1, Beara Peninsula. ©Mary Declan O'Neill @copyright Castletownbeare Fishing Port, Beara Peninsula. ©Mary Declan O'Neill @copyright Gleninchaquin Park and Waterfall. ©Martin O'Grady

 Beara Peninsula

The Ring of Beara is a scenic coastal driving route, encompassing picturesque villages and towns, enchanting islands and breathtaking scenery. The finger-like peninsula that projects into the Atlantic stretches from Kenmare to Glengarriff and from Glengarriff to Castletownbere and on to Dursey Island via Ireland’s only cable car. The Ring of Beara is a must for any visitor in the area of the South West of Ireland with Cork’s Bantry Bay to its east and Kerry’s Kenmare Bay to its north.

The name Beara is said to reflect the peninsula’s long standing trade with the wider world. According to legend, Beara was the Spanis wife of Eoghan Mór,  mythical second century King of Munster. Interwoven with it’s rich and long history of settlements, the oral history captures the meaning of it’s long standing series of inhabitants – An Chailleach Bhearra (the Hag of Beara), Celtic Goddess of the Harvest, transformed into stone by Naomh Caitarin (Saint Catherine); alternatively she is reformed as a medieval nun among other incarnations.


Scattered all across the peninsula, the best and freshest of food is served in a wide range of establishments from luxury restaurants to excellent bar food to the local fish-and-chip shop, of course serving fresh fish. And let’s not forget all the fantastic accommodation providers - Bed and Breakfasts; Hostels and Camp sites; Hotels and Guesthouses; Self Catering Cottages – visitors will be spoilt for choice and always ensured a warm and friendly welcome.

Beara Tourism are here to help and assist you in enjoying your holiday here in Ireland's south west. Please visit their website for an extensive listing of everything to see and do around this stunning, yet hidden, peninsula. Their office is open from 9-5pm Tuesday to Friday in winter and Monday to Saturday during the summer months. If you would like to call in for assistance their office can be found in the grounds of St. Peter's Church just west of the Square, (behind Breens Pub) in Castletownbere.

Contact Details for Beara Tourism

Beara Tourism and Development Association,
St. Peter's Church,
Co. Cork,
Tel/Fax 00353 (0)27 70054


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