Sites to see on the Ring of Beara

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Mountains, crashing waves and historic sites can all be viewed by drivers taking the Ring of Beara route. After you have purchased car insurance and made sure your vehicle is roadworthy, you may be tempted to visit Ireland’s Beara Peninsula for a trip packed with many sightseeing opportunities. The circular route threads itself around the rocky outcrop, which is bordered by the Kenmare river and Iveragh Peninsula to the north and Bantry Bay to the south. The Beara region straddles County Cork and County Kerry and is home to the beautiful Caha and Slieve Miskish mountain ranges.

Bisecting this hilly region is the stunning Healy Pass, which is where the majority of motorists choose to begin their tours of the outcropping. In order to get to the mountain pass, you may like to begin your trip at Kenmare in County Kerry, and then travel south from here towards the scenic road. Driving in this direction along the pass will take you to Adrigole village nestled opposite Bantry Bay.

A popular attraction near the enclave is an impressive waterfall, which crashes from a great height. Also drawing many visitors each year is the Hungry Hill peak, which has featured in literature and is one of the highest mountains in the surrounding range. Driving further along this route towards the south west of the peninsula you will find Castletownbere.

This picturesque town is a busy fishing port and is home to food outlets offering dishes made from freshly caught fish, which can be enjoyed in many cafes and restaurants on the peninsula. As well as tucking into tasty meals, you have the opportunity to try a range of sports in the town, such as windsurfing and angling. The country’s distant past can be remembered at the Dunboy Castle site, which was constructed in the 1600s.

Island hoppers may like to leave their car in order to take in the sights offered on the nearby Bere and Dursey Island. Remnants of the former’s role as a military base is still evident in the artefacts found on its land, while Dursey Island offers a quiet haven to relax in. Once you are back on the road, you can then head along the peninsula’s northern coast, which is dotted with an array of villages offering great hospitality, such as Eyeries with its brightly painted houses.

Further inland, anglers may like to stop off at Ardgroom in order to cast their lines into its nearby lakes that are teeming with trout. Once you arrive here, the Healy Pass beckons for those wishing to complete their journey at Glengarriff, or drivers may prefer to stay on the eastward bound road to end their trip back at Kenmare.

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