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Beara Way vs. Ring of Kerry?

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Beara Way vs. Ring of Kerry?

What is your take on the Beara Way instead of the. Ring of Kerry? From what I've read, the Beara is less crowded in the summer and more unspoiled. If you had to choose, which one would it be?

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1. Re: Beara Way vs. Ring of Kerry?

For me it would be Beara every time then Kerry then Dingle. But I am (thankfully) sorry if you want to explore Beara you can't get on a great big tour bus to do it.

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2. Re: Beara Way vs. Ring of Kerry?

My choice would be~ 1) Dingle peninsula; 2) Beara 3) Ring of Kerry.

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3. Re: Beara Way vs. Ring of Kerry?

I'm with soonas on this one:

1 Dingle

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2 Beara

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3 Ring of Kerry

(no photos, as the last time I was there, digital photography was in its infancy!!)

But . . . . getting back to your question: if the choice is just between Beara and Ring of Kerry, then I'd opt for Beara every time. The scenery is wild and rugged - and as tony2phones has already mentioned, there are no tour buses as the roads are too narrow. The Peninsula is sparsely populated, but there are some pretty villages and towns (very small) and just gorgeous bays and headlands where you'll probably find yourselves alone with nature.

Some information on Beara, including details of the slightly scary cable car crossing to Dursey Island (scary if you don't have a head for heights), which is great fun:

http://www.bearainfo.com

http://www.bearatourism.com/visitorinfo.html

http://www.bearatourism.com/walks.html

http://www.gleninchaquin.com/

www.irelandsgardens.com/derreen/index.html

http://www.bearatourism.com/bwdursey.html

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4. Re: Beara Way vs. Ring of Kerry?

Also for me Beara every time, i'm lucky that thats where i live. I drive Beara 20 times a year and always find something new to look at. The villages along the way all have something to offer be it food music scenery or just good fun, i love it. Last year for the first time i saw small tourist bus's from NI doing this tour.

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5. Re: Beara Way vs. Ring of Kerry?

SarniaGirl,

Your pictures were wonderful! The shot of the ruined house on Beara really spoke to me, awesome!

Thanks for sharing:)

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6. Re: Beara Way vs. Ring of Kerry?

AikenPhotobug

How kind of you: thank you! (I really must get down to Ring of Kerry some time, just to complete the trio!!)

Now . . . have you made a decision???

:-)

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7. Re: Beara Way vs. Ring of Kerry?

SarniaGirl,

What everyone SAID was important, but your pictures got me. You had me with sunsets, and with the country roads, but that picture of the ruined house just blew me away. I could just imagine some family of time past living there; perhaps driven away by the hunger time.

Yeah, the romantic dreamer in me HAS to go walk the Beara Way!

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8. Re: Beara Way vs. Ring of Kerry?

Sarniagirl,

I agree...your photos back up that saying 'a picture is worth 1,000 words'! Your photography is breath-taking, and I'm also adding Beara to my must-see list as I plan my trip. (But my must-see list seems to be constantly growing...)

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9. Re: Beara Way vs. Ring of Kerry?

If you're headed to the Beara Peninsula, two suggestions: (1) Be sure to drive over Healy Pass - it is spectacular! and (2) If you have time, stop at Gleninchaquin Park (http://www.gleninchaquin.com/). It has the most fantastic waterfall and walking paths, and we could've spent all day there, but we didn't allow enough time...

I, too, would always choose the Ring of Beara over the Ring of Kerry!

Enjoy!

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10. Re: Beara Way vs. Ring of Kerry?

I looked at the website, and Gleninchaquin looks wonderful. I really want to go see it.

Edited: 28 May 2010, 02:34
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