Welcome to Beara Peninsula


You can easily drive the 137km Ring of Beara in one day, but you would miss the spectacular Healy Pass Road (R574), which cuts across the peninsula from Adrigole in Cork to Lauragh in County Kerry. In fact, if pressed for time, skip the rest and do the pass.

The south side, along Bantry Bay, is a string of working fishing villages. The north side, in contrast, has only a few small hamlets dotted along craggy roads with grand views north to the mountains of Kerry. At the tip is a cable car linking the peninsula to tiny Dursey Island.

The northeastern part of the peninsula lies in County Kerry, but most is within County Cork.


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$79.92 Day Trips & Excursions

Ring of Beara Day Tour from Killarney

​Tour starts in Kenmare town County Kerry. The only town at Ring of Kerry and Ring of Beara. Heading south N71 towards Bonane village visiting little family run chocolate factory and Bonane Heritage Park. Driving through Caha Pass (rock tunnel) to Glengariff village in West Cork. There is optional boat trip to Garnish Island to watch seals and wild birds. From Glengariff village via R572 to Adrigole village to take road to Healy Pass which is most spectacular viewing point at Beara Peninsula. Views at Bantry Bay and Kenmare Bay (Kenmare River) at the other side of Beara and charming Glanmore Lake at the base of a mountains. Heading down towards Lauragh village and Derreen Gardens, home of many exotic trees and plants. Local people say that little derreenies are living there. From Lauragh village via R571 along the coast passing most colorful villages Ardgroom, Eyeries and Allihies. Those villages seem to compit about amount of colors, no more places like these. Pink, red, blue, yellow houses in all shades. Then trip to Lambs Head via R572 and the top of Beara Peninsula to Cable Car station to Dursey Island. Next driving back along the coast on the southern side of Beara we reach Castletownbere town. Nice, hospitable place and busy people going to the sea every night for fresh fish for the whole area. Last place which has to be visited is Uragh Stone Circle,neolithic stone circle with highest stone up to 3 meters. Circle is located at charming place between two lakes with view at beautiful waterfall. Whole tour is flexible, proposal above might be changed to customer's liking. Amount and length of stops, driven roads, time and place of pick up and drop off are up to customer.

$1540.20 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-Day Adventure Tour of Ireland's West Coast from Limerick

Day One - Dublin - Rock of Cashel - Cork - ClonakiltyAs we journey to County Cork, we will stop at the wonderful Rock of Cashel. The Rock of Cashel dates back over 1000 years and there we will get to visit its medieval round tower, chapel, cathedral and castle. County Cork, also known as the Rebel County is where you take our guided walking tour of the city. Our final destination is Clonakilty, County Cork.Day Two Clonakilty to PortmageeWe depart Clonakilty and drive towards the Beara Peninsula which is the only peninsula in Ireland that is located in two counties. . This is rural Ireland at its most beautiful. We will visit a Neolithic Stone Circle dating back to 3000 B.C. We then travel along the Ring of Kerry. Our day continues as we drive to Killarney National Park where we will enjoy an adventurous two-hour cycle. Day Three - Skellig Michael ExperienceToday we visit Skellig Michael which is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. You will actaully visit the Island (weather conditons permitting).  The island is naturally rugged, and the 599 steps will lead you up the 700ft climb to its peak. It is home to one of the world’s most treasured bird sanctuaries where you will see all types of wildlife and fauna. Once we arrive back from the Island we continue our route on towards DingleDay Four - From the River Shannon to the mighty Cliffs of MoherToday we visit the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. We will explore the cliffs by foot on a 3-hour hike with the roaring Wild Atlantic providing the perfect backdrop! There are many secret passages that we will show you that are not on the typical tourist route. We will spend the evening in the most welcoming and colourful village of Doolin, the home-town of traditional Irish music.Day Five - The Aran Islands and County GalwayFrom Doolin pier, we sail across Galway Bay to the spectacular Aran Islands. We will take our bikes and cycle around the coastline where we will see many ancient sites along the winding paths. From here we will take a short one hour drive to the picturesque market town of Clifden which is nestled between the Twelve Bens mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, at the mouth of Clifden Bay.Day Six - Clifden to Galway back to DublinGalway is a medieval city that is rich in arts and culture. The city has also seen a culinary renaissance over the last number of years and is now often referred to as the “Gourmet Capital of Ireland“. Join us on our food tour where you will enjoy many wonderful tastes of produce from local food producers.Then it will be time to head back to Dublin and say our goodbyes. 

$513.79 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour of The Beara Peninsula

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Allihies Beach, Bantry, County CorkThe picturesque colourful village of AllihiesDuration: 20 minutes

$79.92 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour of the Ring of Beara from Kenmare with wifi on board

Tour starts in Kenmare town County Kerry. The only town at Ring of Kerry and Ring of Beara. Heading south N71 towards Bonane village visiting little family run chocolate factory and Bonane Heritage Park. Driving through Caha Pass (rock tunnel) to Glengariff village in West Cork. There is optional boat trip to Garnish Island to watch seals and wild birds. From Glengariff village via R572 to Adrigole village to take road to Healy Pass which is most spectacular viewing point at Beara Peninsula. Views at Bantry Bay and Kenmare Bay (Kenmare River) at the other side of Beara and charming Glanmore Lake at the base of a mountains. Heading down towards Lauragh village and Derreen Gardens, home of many exotic trees and plants. Local people say that little derreenies are living there. From Lauragh village via R571 along the coast passing most colorful villages Ardgroom, Eyeries and Allihies. Those villages seem to compit about amount of colors, no more places like these. Pink, red, blue, yellow houses in all shades. Then trip to Lambs Head via R572 and the top of Beara Peninsula to Cable Car station to Dursey Island. Next driving back along the coast on the southern side of Beara we reach Castletownbere town. Nice, hospitable place and busy people going to the sea every night for fresh fish for the whole area. Last place which has to be visited is Uragh Stone Circle,neolithic stone circle with highest stone up to 3 meters.Circle is located at charming place between two lakes with view at beautiful waterfall. Whole tour is flexible, proposal above might be changed to customer's liking. Amount and length of stops, driven roads, time and place of pick up and drop off are up to customer.

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