Ring of Beara
Ring of Beara
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Gina S
San Francisco, CA39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
It's amazing that this peninsula is immediately next to the Ring of Kerry, yet it gets relatively few visitors. The roads are too narrow for tour buses, which is a blessing. Let's hope they never widen the roads! There are lovely towns and good food (we particularly enjoyed Castletownbere, Allihies, and Helen's Pub in Lauragh). The views are amazing, and there are lots of great walks to take as well. We hiked 3 days on the Beara Way, and completed the rest of the loop by car. Even though the weather didn't always cooperate, we had a wonderful week exploring this relatively quiet corner of Ireland.
Written August 4, 2022
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Jan B
Peachland, Canada307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The scenery is amazing and took about 2.5 hours. The Ring of Kerry is a full day so we opted for Ring of Beara and Ring of Dingle. The roads are especially challenging if you are driving yourself (we were). So take your time and be very cautious!
Written September 17, 2023
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA4,282 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We drove out the Beara Ring and cut up the Healy Pass. It was so less crowded than the Ring of Kerry, mostly because you won’t find tour buses venturing down these roads. I found the Ring of Dingle to be the best, with this being a close second. Careful on the narrow roads.
Written May 11, 2023
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RicherTrips
Monterrey, Mexico4,230 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We arrived to Bantry by cruise and took a tour around the Beara peninsula; there are very nice landscapes to admire along the road, but not much more. I understand that driving by yourself or by bicycle or motorcycle it´s much more attractive. Anyway, Castletownbere has a nice church and old style streets that take you back to the 60´s.
Written July 22, 2022
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Jim B
Grapeview, WA1,829 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Our drive took about six hours from Kenmare. We mostly stayed on the "main" road and only made a few stops as most shops & restaurants were closed. Along the way, there are many beautiful vista's to take in, however sometimes it's a bit challenging to find a place to pull off.
Written May 2, 2023
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gojencarr
Watsonville, CA545 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We decided to check out the Ring of Beara while we were spending time in the Kenmare/Kerry area. We drove the small roads of the Wild Atlantic Way and really enjoyed the views of the Kenmare River and the fields adjacent to it. We were lucky that we had a gorgeous day, with blue skies and warm temps. We stopped at a couple of the small towns along the way and loved them (so much we want to go back and stay for a few days during another trip to Ireland). In addition to fabulous views/scenery, the big plus with this ring is fewer tourists/traffic. Highly recommend.
Written August 1, 2022
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LeoM7676
Wassenaar, The Netherlands8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
One of the top highlights on the Beara Way is to spend a few hours on a boat sea fishing. We cannot reccommend highly enough BEARA BOAT TOURS. We joined Kevin and his dad Ger for a sightseeing/fishing trip from the little pier at Ballycrovane not too far from Eyeries. From the start teas and coffees were offered and if you felt woozy some lollipops were offered to help. It was an amazing trip. The guys are extremely friendly, informative, and hands on when you need help loading those fish on board! Yes we caught lots of fish and we left with them fileted and ready to cook. Top trip tip of the hidden Beara Way.
Written September 22, 2022
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Victor S
Milford, CT12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
Rented a car. Planned and unplanned stops along the way based on preference. Random castles, forts, and scenic views. Friendly locals. Ondd Ed day trip.
Written April 19, 2022
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Amy B
San Diego, CA138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
We decided to tour the Ring of Beara instead of the Ring of Kerry and loved it! We drove south from Kenmare and took the Harbor Queen ferry to Garinish Island and then continued through Healy Pass which was our favorite part of driving through Ireland despite the tiny road. We also loved seeing the Uragh Stone Circle with the huge waterfall and lake behind it. Magical day!
Written July 11, 2023
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AsicsGEL77
160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
In her research, my wife read reviews that the Ring of Beara was less visited but just as spectacular as the Ring of Kerry. Even though we choose not to do the Ring of Kerry, I can tell you that that the Ring of Beara was not crowded and the scenery was amazing!

Here are some suggestions:

1) as it's a very full day, we found it very convenient to stay in Glengarriff and Kenmare because they are both essentially located at the start of the drive depending on which direction you are traveling from.
2) do Durcy Island but get there early! Durcy Island is connected to the mainland via a cable car. We arrived around 11am and found no wait to get across but when we returned a couple hours later there was a substantial wait. The cable car only holds about 6 people and it takes almost 15 minutes roundtrip so it doesn't take that many people for it to get really backed up. There is some fun hiking on Durcy that allowed us to get really intimate with the sheep while offering stunning views of the area. Who knew they could make so many noises?! I'd suggest bringing some food and water too.
3) just north of Eyeries the Ring of Beara juts out from R571 towards Kilcatherine point. Be prepared for steeper, cliffier roads that are at times one way. This area can easily be avoided by staying on R571.
4) Healy pass is awesome! We enjoyed driving the full length and then turning around and driving back over the pass. It offers great views in both directions.

It was such an amazing day, don't miss out on this opportunity.
Written August 25, 2016
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