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“The best coastal route in Ireland”
Review of Beara Way

Beara Way
Ranked #3 of 15 things to do in Glengarriff
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

We are frequent visitors to Ireland and have visited every accessible piece of coastline and the part we come back to time and again is the Ring of Beara. Our favourite piece is from Ardgroom (where there is a very special prehistoric circle to see, but which takes a lot of finding) to Allihies. The first part from Ardgroom is single track road and very hilly but the scenery there is outstanding. On maps it is shown as a minor road but well signposted with brown signs. You will not find better views anywhere. At one point the road goes sharply through a farm! At Allihies there is a museum, bars and cafe.

There is a Beara website which tells you all the prehistoric and cultural things to see ( the old hag of Beara can easily be missed as you drive by) so it's worth looking at that and making notes before you go. I would say that this part of the route along the top is only suitable for experienced drivers. The southern portion is more along ordinary roads.

As a bonus if you don't want to do the whole Ring then I recommend the Healy Pass which cuts across the peninsular north of Adrigole. On a clear day this wonderful road has stunning views and is fun to drive.

3  Thank JohnUK
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

We did a portion of the Kerry Way, where it is advised that a full day is required, and that there are many tourists to contend with. The Beara Way is smaller, much less frequented, and probably requires about 4-5 hours to cover, but no less stunning or beautiful.
The relative seclusion adds to the character and the experience - I encountered two other vehicles over the 4 hours I was there.
I was recommended by a local to also go through Healy Pass, which cuts across the peninsula. The views from both sides of the peninsula (Cork and Kerry) are amazing and should be included for the drive, the spectacular scenery is not restricted to just the coast

2  Thank jkcamill
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

We hiked from Kenmare to Castletownbere. Although the trails are well marked it is not a groomed track as such. The views are breath taking in every direction. Water-proof shoes are a must. Hiking poles are helpful. Peaceful and secluded.

1  Thank Lavakids2003
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

We drove the ring of Beara the day after we drove the ring of Kerry. And what a difference. No tour buses, no towns where all the tourists are packed together, no crowd in the parking lot of a viewing point. Just us, a local farmer and some cows. We drove the ring counterclockwise opposite off what most recommend. The roads were very narrow and we were lucky not to cross other cars in the narrowest areas. We only got blocked by some cows, but that's quite charming and part of the tour. We made a little walk of 5 kms in the Ardgroom area( Pulleen loop) that was really nice. It took us 1 hour 20 minutes but we had a picnic halfway. We crossed some beautiful caves ( which you can also visit without making the whole walk, it's just a few minutes to get there), nice cliff views and beautiful landscapes. The little towns on the way were very pretty with the coloured houses. It took us an entire day to do the ring. We stopped regularly to enjoy the view and the silence. We ended in Glengariff nature reserve and took the small walk tot the waterfall. That was a real disappointment. It wasn't even worth a picture. At the end we were very glad to finally drive a main road where you can actually drive 100 kms/h. So there we were glad that we drove counterclockwise. But of you have to choose between the Ring of Kerry or the ring of Beara, I would recommend Beara.

3  Thank Babs028
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

Absolutely amazing
Scenery breathtaking, sun shining or raining
Such a lovely way to see so much more of West Cork
People friendly no matter where you go & so willing to help.

1  Thank Patricia F
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