The Beara Peninsula in southwest Ireland is one of Ireland’s most compelling and beautiful locations. The Miskish and the Caha mountains form the rugged spine of the Beara peninsula which pokes into the wild Atlantic ocean ensuring that the coastline is ever-present. This maritime influence allows subtropical trees and shrubs to escape domesticity and go native in the endless hedgerows lining the leisurely roads that meander between Beara’s cosy, colourful villages and parishes.
The Beara peninsula is densely studded with Bronze Age remains: wedge tombs, stone circles and standing stones. Rich deposits of copper drew prehistoric settlers to the peninsula and, for a time at least, the industrial revolution in the 19th century. The economic importance of the sea has never waned, however, and Ireland's largest whitefish fleet is based in Castletownbere.
Start your journey of discovery at Glengarriff to open out one of the largest of the long peninsulas, which make up the highly indented coastline of the South West of Ireland. The peninsula stretches for a distance of 48km (30 miles) from Glengarriff to Dursey Island and back to Kenmare. We have an un-spoilt and magnificent landscape. It is the most scenic route in Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way. The Beara Way boasts a truly memorable and scenic walking trail and makes up part of the Beara Breifne Way. The Ring of Beara provides an unforgettable driving and cycling experience boasting striking natural scenery.
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