The Beara Peninsula is one of the most beautiful peninsulas in the whole of Ireland. Located on the southwest coast of the island, it straddles two counties: Kerry and County Cork, the latter having the largest part of the peninsula. Crossed by 2 gigantic mountain ranges (Caha Mountains and the Slieve Miskish Mountains), the peninsula offers a tourist circuit of about 195 km which starts in Kenmare, passes by the top of the Healy Pass, crosses Allihies, Eyeries and Ardgroom to end in Bantry Bay.
Simply put, the peninsula starts from Kenmare (Co. Kerry) and then descends to Glengarriff. Once a stronghold of the O’Sullivan Bere Clan, the Beara Peninsula is a place marked by Gaelic culture, as well as by the few remains, forts and ruins that punctuate the entire circuit.
Beyond these features, the Peninsula was one of the main copper mining areas in the early 1930s. To explore the peninsula, we recommend that you take the Beara Way, a 195 km circuit that is very popular with tourists. Here’s a small glimpse of what awaits you, if you pass the Peninsula in the direction “Kenmare – Bantry Bay”.