The Beara Peninsula
County Kerry, Ireland
Located mostly in County Cork, the Beara Peninsula is the third major 'ring' in Ireland's southwest after Kerry and Dingle. Here you can escape the hordes and find in its tiny coastal communities captivating views and Ireland at its peaceful best.
The Beara Peninsula’s intricate coast and sharp-featured mountains are a geologist's paradise of exposed and contorted rock strata, making for dramatic scenery at almost every turn of the road. You could easily drive the Ring of Beara in a day, but then you would miss out on the spectacular Healy Pass Road which cuts across the peninsula.
On the southern side a string of working fishing villages stretches out along Bantry Bay, while the wilder northern side has only a few small hamlets along its winding road. Many are off beaten track, and have spectacular views of the mountains of Kerry. Other highlights include a thrilling cable car ride across to Dursey Island and exhilarating hill walking.