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Top Choice Gardens in Glengarriff

Ilnacullin

This horticultural miracle of an island was created in the early 20th century when the island's owner commissioned architect Harold Peto to design a garden on the then-barren outcrop. Topsoil was shipped in, landsca…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Northside of the Beara

Josie's Lakeview House

Captivating views over Glanmore Lake accompany scrumptious, home-cooked food at Josie's, set on a hill just north of the water. Choose from salads and sandwiches for lunch, cakes at tea, or a heartier rack of lamb a…
Top Choice Pub in Castletownbere

MacCarthy's Bar

If you're carrying an original copy of the late Pete McCarthy's bestseller, McCarthy's Bar, you'll be excited to see the front-cover photo in real life (the spelling was changed to match Pete's name for the cover pi…
Top Choice Cafe in Castletownbere

Fuchsia Cafe

Vibrant colours (it's painted fuchsia-pink) and vibrant flavours characterise this cheerful cafe on the bustling village square. The menu runs from breakfast fry-ups (including veggie versions, served till noon) to …
Nature Reserve in Glengarriff

Glengarriff Woods Nature Reserve

The valley of the Glengarriff River, to the northwest of Glengarriff village, was once the private estate of the Earl of Bantry. As such its ancient oak woodland has survived, the thick tree cover maintaining humid …
Island in Castletownbere

Bere Island

Only 12km by 7km, Bere Island has around 200 permanent residents and attracts scores more to summer holiday homes. There are ruined Martello towers, craggy coves good for swimming, and a 19km loop of the Beara Way t…
Gardens in Glengarriff

Ewe Experience

More than 20 years in the making, this interactive sculpture garden is imaginative, thought-provoking and humorous, with nature and art working together to provide an unforgettable walk in the woods. From the sheep …
International in Castletownbere

Berehaven Lodge

The restaurant at this complex of self-catering cottages, 6km east of Castletownbere, is open to all. The attractive modern dining room has an outdoor terrace overlooking the sea where the South African chef does wo…
Farm in Northside of the Beara

Milleens Cheese

The town of Eyeries is home to Milleens cheese, from pioneering producer Veronica Steele. She welcomes visitors to her farm; phone ahead to arrange a visit.Coming from Eyeries, turn right towards Allihies then take …
Museum in Allihies

Allihies Copper Mine Museum

Allihies lies at the centre of an old copper mining area. Its fascinating history is chronicled in this engaging museum, the result of years of work by the community; there's also tourist information and a cafe. Pic…