Welcome to Southside of the Beara
The folded bedding of the peninsula's underlying sandstone bedrock becomes evident as you drive west from Glengarriff towards Castletownbere. On the highest hills, Sugarloaf Mountain and Hungry Hill, rock walls known as 'benches' snake backwards and forwards across the slopes. They can make walking on these mountains quite challenging, and dangerous in fog. Take a map (Ordnance Survey sheets 84 and 85 cover the area) and compass if venturing into the hills, and seek local advice.
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