One of the five peninsulas in the south west, the Beara Peninsula boasts a rugged and beautiful coastline, lakes cradled by wonderful mountains and a scenic unspoilt landscape.

Dotted by plenty of pretty villages, its main town Castletownbere is home to the biggest white fishing port in Ireland and is second to Sydney, Australia, as the safest natural harbour in the world.

The Beara Peninsula is a perfect destination for the outdoor adventurer to enjoy the thrills of hiking, cycling and long walks and also boasts a rich history with a profusion of archeological sites.

To fully appreciate the views, visitors should follow the Ring of Beara, a tourist trail for cars which follows 195 kilometres around the peninsula. The Beara Way Walking Route covers 125 miles while the Beara Cycling Route links up with the Beara – Kilgarvan and Beara-Gougane Barra Cycling Routes.

Beara Peninsula Highlights

• Allihies Copper Mine Museum
• Irelands Largest Waterfall (Hungry Hill, Adrigole)
• Dursey Island Cable Car (Irelands only operating cable car)
• Mill Cove Gallery
• Derreen Gardens
• Beara Gallery

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