The Ring Of Beara / The Beara Way..
The 48-km Beara Peninsula juts into the Atlantic Ocean and joins counties Kerry and Cork. This is spectacularly unspoilt countryside dotted with fishing villages, farming communities and archaeological sites. Linking it all together is the Ring of Beara driving route and the Beara Way walking trail.
There are three ways to experience the Beara Peninsula. Visitors with a car can drive the entire route in a single day or walking and cycling are very popular also.
This 137km driving route begins at Kenmare in County Kerry and finishes at Glengarriff in Co. Cork (although you could certainly drive in the other direction if you prefer). This driving circuit can easily be completed in a day, though its real pleasure lies in taking it slowly, stopping by islands and exploring the many hidden treasures along the way.
The Beara Way
This 196km walking trail also links Kenmare with Glengarriff, passing through several villages and islands along the way. Obviously, walking through 196 km worth of mountainous trails is going to take a few days. Along the way are opportunities to visit Dursey Island, Dunboy Castle and a host of scenic overlooks.
The Beara Way is wilder and more remote than many of the other peninsular routes in Ireland. With that in mind, walking pace is ideal for absorbing the sights of the countryside. Stone circles, ring forts and wedge graves are regular features along the way, and on foot you experience them as the ancients did.