Just next to the Ring of Kerry, you will find the Beara peninsula. Beara has many places worth visiting for a brilliant holiday. So, Thea Stoeten gives you ten reasons why you should go, after spending quite a few holidays in this wonderful part of Ireland.
10. It’s less crowded
Which tourist doesn’t go to the Ring of Kerry? You will find busloads, literally, on the Ring. For sure Kerry has its beauty. The scenery is certainly amazing. But you will find that on Beara too. It has a lot of desolated land where you can take a break from anything that might be bothering your life.
9. Ireland’s only cable car
Up for some adventure? Take the cable car to Dursey Island. It’s the only cable car on Ireland and you will be swinging 250 meters above the sea. There’s a chance your fellow passenger bleats to you because sheep are travelling to Dursey Island with the cable car as well. Enjoy the view and you might be lucky and see a dolphin wandering around beneath you in the sea.
8. The amazing Ballydonegan Beach (near Allihies)
If you think Ireland has no proper beach, this one will change your mind instantly. It’s a beach with almost white sand and quite large. You will have a view on the typical green Irish landscape as well. It’s basically like having the best of both worlds.
Now even in Ireland, you have some hot days. But remember, if you would like to go for a swim, it’s the Atlantic ocean you’re jumping in. Unless you are fond of cold water, paddling is the most you can do.
7. The sensational road between Allihies and Castletownbere
After you have taken a walk along the beach, get into your car and drive towards Cahermore to end up in Castletownbere at the end. It’s the kind of road trip where you will need a cup of something or stronger afterwards to digest the impressions. Luckily Castletownbere has enough nice places to find that drink you need. Just have a look around the harbour.
6. The beautiful Kilcatherine Point
It feels like the end and the beginning of the world if you are standing on Kilcatherine point. If the weather is any kind to you, you will have an amazing view of an endless ocean. If you turn your head to the right, you see the contours of the Ring of Kerry across the Kenmare River. Getting there is an adventure. You will meet a few potholes along the way so be careful driving towards the end and the beginning of the world.
5. Colourful Eyeries
So, you definitely need to see some coloured houses when you visit Ireland. And you will be able to do that in Eyeries. Taking pictures is quite easy because you are in a part of Ireland without heavy traffic. Furthermore, the tallest known Ogham stone (Ballycrovane) is just around the corner. Very impressive because this one is 5,2 meters high.
4. Josie’s Lakeview house
Thank anything we need to have lunch or dinner. And if you are on Beara you can have it at Josie’s Lakeview house where delicious food is being served and you will have an astonishing view overlooking Glanmore lake.
3. Derreen Gardens
If you had too much to eat, don’t worry. Just head over to the Derreen Gardens for a walk. It’s the perfect place to see some fairies. If they are not at home, you are still able to admire their houses and their surroundings with subtropical plants.
2. The Scenic Healy Pass
I have seen the Healy Pass in almost every weather condition and it has never let me down. It doesn’t matter if you travel from Adrigole towards Lauragh, or the other way around, you will want to stop after every 200 meters. Back home you will be spending a lot of time choosing which picture to keep out of the thousands you took.
1. This unknown road
Now suppose I win the Lottery I can assure you that I will buy a house on this road. A road you do not take unless you are lost. A road you only find if you’re adventurous enough to leave the main roads. A road I haven’t found in any book so far, and now you know about it! It’s rural Ireland at its best with amazing scenery. If you are in Ardgroom, take the Inward Road to Reenavaude and head over to the Cuas Pier Caves for a stop. Then take the road towards Cleandra and stay close to the coast. Google maps will help you out!