Ring of Beara

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Castletownbere - The "capital" on the Ring of Beara

The Ring of Beara ( Irish Mórchuaird Bhéara ) is a 140 km long panoramic coastal road on the Beara Peninsula (also called Caha Peninsula) in the south-west of Ireland . It is half in each of the counties of Kerry and Cork . The 200 km long "Beara Way", which also runs on the peninsula, is an excellent long-distance hiking trail.

The starting and ending points of the ring road are the towns of Glengariff and Kenmare . The road leads through Castletownbere , the main town on the peninsula .

Unlike the more northerly, on the peninsula Iveragh nearby Ring of Kerry Ring of Beara is considerably less traveled. The road is too narrow for coaches and closed to vehicles weighing more than 2.8 tonnes (e.g. heavy mobile homes).

For some, the Ring of Beara is the nicer of the two coastal roads compared to the Ring of Kerry and represents Ireland in a concentrated form. This is especially true for the area between Allihies and Caherkeen.


  • Ballycrovane Ogam stone
  • Bear (or Bere) Island
  • Dunboy Castle
  • Dursey Island
  • Garinish , from Glengariff by boat to this garden island

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