Ring of Beara - © Luis

The Ring of Beara

County Cork
Ring of Beara - © Luis

The Ring of Beara is a sightseeing tour that will make you discover the best of the Beara Peninsula in County Cork, Ireland. It is a 195km circuit that will make you meander between lakes, forests and mountains, while following the coastline, with its beaches and bays. A circuit to be done by bus or car!

Discover the Ring of Beara

From Kenmare to Ardgroom (Co. Kerry)

Kenmare opens the ball on the N71, offering you from the outset a succession of bays and creeks bathed in exceptional colors. Undulating plains and rocky cliffs rush into the deep blue ocean. A marvel. Let us note moreover the possibility of seeing in all this landscape the very beautiful peninsula of Iveragh, located not far from Kenmare. Be aware that there are many areas along the road to make a few stops, stretch your feet and admire the view (take pictures perhaps?).

Follow the road to Lauragh, get out of town, then take the Healy Pass, a narrow road that winds for 11km and allows you to reach a high point not less than 334 meters high.

At the top, the view is simply magnificent, offering you a sumptuous panorama of Glanmore Lake, the valley dotted with abandoned stone walls, and its surrounding mountains. You might as well say it right away: this is one of the most beautiful views of the entire Beara Peninsula! Not to be missed under any circumstances!

Once down, follow the direction of Ardgroom this time. This road will take you along a lot of forests sheltering fabulous creeks and bays, hardly visible. The colors are Once again splendid, and we advise you to set foot on their clear sand beaches: the beauty of the landscape is really worth the detour! It is at this precise moment that you leave the county of Kerry, to enter the county of Cork…

From Coulagh Bay to Glengarriff (Co. Cork)

The Caha Pass - © Luis

The Caha Pass – © Luis

Destination: County Cork! We are now on an ascending road that will take you through the Slieve Mishkish Mountains towards Allihies. Once down, you will find yourself at Allihies, and can drive along the beautiful Garinish Bay. The view is breathtaking and worthy of the most beautiful postcards sold all over Ireland.

Now take the R572, towards Dursey Island, a small island accessible by a cable car (average cost 4€). If you wish to set foot there, there is a superb 11km loop circuit that allows you to go around the island.

Once your visit is over, get back in your car and follow the direction of Castletownbere, a picturesque village living mainly from fishing. The pubs are pleasant for a drink, and the small fishing port is absolutely charming: some fishermen untangle their nets there while other big boats leave the port and head out to sea to enjoy the prolific waters of the Atlantic.

If you push a little further than Castletownhere, you will come to Bantrim Bay, the stopping point of the Peninsula. Here again, the view is splendid and will make you discover breathtaking landscapes and colors.

As the peninsula circuit makes a loop, it will be possible for you to leave in the other direction, in the direction of the destination of your choice.

Practical informations

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Address Address: N71, Co. Kerry et Co. Cork
Lieu : (County Kerry) (County Cork)

Coordonnées GPSGPS : 51.74822681119324,-9.701946080338933

PricesPrices* :

  • free
*prix indicatif pouvant varier en fonction de la saison et de la politique de l'établissement.

DurationDuration: 3h00