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.

A small part of the peninsula lies in County Kerry, but most is within County Cork.


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$80.56 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.

$517.86 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour of The Beara Peninsula

You will be collected from your accommodation in County Kerry at 9.00am (flexible) and travel directly to Kenmare, the gateway to the Beara peninsula, in a luxury air-conditioned 9 seater minibus.Kenmare is a bustling small market town where local craft workers have been selling their products such as Kenmare lace for centuries.From Kenmare we travel to historic Bonane, a small village which was first settled more than 6,000 years ago. Here we visit Molly Gallivan’s 200-year-old cottage, where you can see how life was lived before electricity was introduced. You can still enjoy the comfort of a welcome coffee and home baking, however.From Bonane we head through the Caha Pass tunnels into County Cork and the beautiful village of Glengarriff, home for many years to the actress Maureen O’Hara.Hugging the coastline of the peninsula, we travel along the Wild Atlantic Way towards the fishing port of Castletownbere, where you will find a variety of cafes and restaurants serving the catch of the day.On the way we pass the lovely village of Adrigole, overlooked by the imposing Hungry Hill rising to more than 2,000 feet.More unique attractions await beyond Castletownbere, where the only cable car in Ireland links the mainland with the sparsely populated Dursey Island.One of the cherished treasures of the Beara Peninsula is the colourful village of Allihies, against an amphitheatre of mountains as a backdrop. It is believed that the four mythological Children of Lir are buried here. Just outside the village is the beautiful Ballydonegan beach, the only beach in Ireland made from crushed stone.Returning back to your Kerry base, you will pass through a chain of village gems, including Eyeries, Ardgroom and the beautifully situated little village of Lauragh. There will be plenty of rest stops and photo opportunities, so don’t forget the camera…

$80.56 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour of the Ring of Beara from Kenmare

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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