The Beara Peninsula

The Beara peninsula is beautiful. It has many national archaeological monuments, with a coastline that stretches from Bantry Bay to Kenmare Bay. This is a peninsula of immense rugged beauty and is very accessible from Gougane Barra via Ballylickey (19km) and Glengarriff and well worth at least one day exploring.

Things You Can’t Miss!

- Visit Garnish Island (Illnacullin) in Glengarriff harbour to see tropical 19th century gardens known as ‘The Italian Gardens’. -Watch out for the sunbathing seals!

- Relax, stretch, rejuvenate and find your inner stillness in the Dzogchen Beara Tibetan retreat centre near Castletownbere.

- Try sailing in the West Cork sailing centre in Adrigole, there is also diving, swimming, kayaking and boat tours in many centres around this amazing coastline.

- Take Ireland’s only cable car to Dursey Island (if you don’t mind sharing the trip with sheep sometimes.) It’s a great location to see basking sharks so keep an eye on the Dursey Sound.

- Bring your hiking boots and hike your way around a section of the Beara Way to find some of the best archaeological sites and scenery.

- Visit the ruins of Dunboy Castle which was home to O’Sullivan Bere, Ireland’s last Gaelic Chieftain.

- Meet the ‘Hag of Beara’ and visit Killcatherine Church with its pre-Christian stones.

- Walk through 5,000 years of history in Bonane Heritage Park and sample some wow handmade amazing chocolates at nearby Lorge chocolatier, Bonane Post office, don’t forget to bring some home for us!

- Experience times past in Molly Gallivan’s cottage and enjoy the spectacular views at the Caha Pass.

- Visit the old copper mines at Allihies, perched above the village, with a great visitors centre.