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Castletownbere, on the southern coast of the Beara Peninsula is Ireland's biggest white fishing port. This This bustling port town bringing in people from all walks of life to socialise and dine in our fine selection of pubs and restaurants. Learn more about the Beara Peninsula by visiting our online bookshop.
Castletownbere The Fleet Cable Car
Fresh fish and seafood - locally landed - is on the menu in most of Castletownbere's friendly, family-run restaurants. The local A.I.B. Bank has been awarded a certificate for customer care. The Square is a hub of activity. Shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs are all within easy walking distance, and parking is free. The Castletownbere fishing fleet is based in Bantry Bay in the second safest and deepest natural harbour in the World. Yachts call in for safe mooring, as do many larger ships weighing anchor in Berehaven Harbour that lies between town and Bere Island
The westernmost tip of the peninsula boasts  Ireland's only cable car. Built to take the people of Dursey Island and their animals safely to the mainland it also serves hikers, walkers, bird-watchers and sights-seers who want to  visit the peace and tranquility of this remote island.
Gallun Shore Angling fishing
There are three  inhabited islands to visit on the Beara Peninsula - Dursey, Garnish and Bere Island. Bere Island (seen here) offers accommodation to those who want to spend time exploring the fort, neolithic  standing stones, and walks. Garnish Island in Glengarriff is renowned the world over for its beautiful formal  Italian Gardens and Dursey is a paradise for walkers, historians and bird-watchers. Good locations for shore angling have been marked out around the peninsula and local shops sell rods, fishing tackle and lures. Look out for these signs as you make your way round the coastal drive.
There are fishing sites like this one near Cod's Head. Lake fishing,  mainly for trout is also possible, but permits are required for some stocked lakes. (Ask in local shops and pubs.)
Backpacking Nr Ardgroom Nr Eyeries
Backpacking your way round the peninsula is a good way to get to know the spectacular countryside and to meet people.  Hostels in Adrigole, Castletownbere, Allihies and Glanmore welcome hill-walkers, as do local guesthouses and B&Bs. The Beara Way signposted  walking route guides hill-walkers to places of interest. This breathtaking route encompasses wide vistas and stunning backdrops, passing lakes, shorelines and clifftops. Look for the black and yellow markers that will show you the easiest and safest route around our peninsula Many people enjoy cycling round our peninsula on the popular Beara Cycling Route A map on this site shows you the cycling route. Other maps show walking and heritage sites of interest to help you enjoy your visit to our home.

Ancient Archaeological sites like this one near Adrigole have held  their mysteries for thousands of years. Such sites are clearly marked by brown and white signposts. This one is the Leitrim Beg Wedge Grave.


Leitrim Beg You can read about Archaeological sites in Connie Murphy's book. Out of print at the present time, but you can browse our bookshop for other titles
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