Beara Way

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Dianevswindon
Swindon, UK44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Would highly recommend Beara boat tours Kevin and Jen were excellent hosts. Even though my family are from Beara I learnt some great new facts. It would be ideal for families . We stopped a few times to fish , the whole boat got involved. Jen kept us hydrated with tea , coffee and ginger biscuits , which were not required as it was a lovely calm day x
Written September 7, 2023
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Marian H
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Sea Villa is a gem of a Bed and Breakfast set in the village of Ardgroom on the Beara peninsula. Sea Villa provides a very high standard of service and cleanliness and a very warm welcome awaits every guest. It is certainly value for money and it feel like you are in a high end hotel. Mary and John Gerard are attentive to your every need. When we arrived after a 3 hour drive we were treated to a glass of prosecco which was really appreciated. The food is amazing and plentiful. A great choice for breakfast and a lovely glass of Bucks fizz too. After a night out we were delighted to come back to our room and there the beds were turned down and a lovely night cap awaited us. We would give Mary and John Gerard a 10+ for their Bed and Breakfast and would recommend then to other potential guests. Well done Mary and John Gerard keep up the great work. We will return. Marian & Brendan Galway.
Written August 27, 2023
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NY traveler
Williston Park, NY25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Buckle up for a breath-taking ride through hair pin turns but the views were worth the trip. Watch out for the sheep and tour buses.
Written September 1, 2022
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Gina S
San Francisco, CA39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We did 3 days of the Beara Way hiking route, which must be done on foot and does not follow the roads. If you are into long-distance hiking, this is a great route. We didn't do the entire Beara Way; instead, we drove to Castletownbere, left our car there, and hiked to Allihies, and then to Eyeries. In each town we stayed in B&Bs. There are companies that arrange these hiking tour packages, but we saved some money by just doing it ourselves. The B&Bs will transfer your luggage for a fee (ranging from 5-25 Euros), so you can just carry a day pack.
Remember to bring plenty of water, snacks, and rain gear. The weather can change abruptly, so we sometimes had sunshine, wind, and lashing rain all within a few hours and needed to be prepared for anything.
It's also possible to do some nice loop hikes or day hikes from Glengariff, Castletownbere, Alliehies, and Lauragh, so you can experience parts of the Beara Way without doing the through-hikes.
The Beara Way includes small paved roads near towns, dirt roads higher in the mountains, and less well-marked rough trails high in the mountains, so the hiking is a mixture of various types of terrain. In order to take this on it's essential to be in fairly good shape, have good waterproof boots, and have hiking experience. Most of the hikes are in the 10-15 km range, so they will take at least 4-5 hours to complete (longer if you stop a lot to admire the gorgeous views and rest). Don't underestimate these mountains -- the elevations are not high, but they are fairly rugged, and you will be climbing at least 300-400 meters of elevation most days.
The only negatives are the clear-cut sections of forest between Castletownbere and Alliehies, which are unsightly and horribly destructive, and the enormous quantities of sheep manure that you will be walking through during the entire hike. Also, if the weather is bad, you lose out on the views, so the hiking can feel like a slog without the rewards of the stunning vistas. Overall, we're glad we did it!
Written August 4, 2022
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ungaknunap
Cork, Ireland83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
The Beara Way is fantastic. My wife and I booked two nights at a B&B in Eyeries because we knew that it would take us two days to see everything we wanted to see. I had traveled around the Beara Peninsula 20-22 years ago, but I think it was raining and all we did was quickly drive around the peninsula, not stopping to see anything. Big mistake! There is so much to see and do. As we were approaching the peninsula from Limerick, we thought we should stop for a late lunch somewhere before we got to Eyeries. We had no idea that Kenmare was such a great vacation spot, with plenty of restaurants and pubs and great shops (like the music store). After lunch we drove the beautiful road to Eyeries, with some of the best views we've seen in Ireland (and this is our 26th day in Ireland). Tomorrow we'll drive the rest of the loop, stopping at as many beaches as we can, and visiting the castle near Castletownbere.
Written July 4, 2022
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Nicholas M
Baltimore, Ireland39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Lots of scenic places to stop off for picnic or have meal in several restaurants. Visit Dereen Gardens near Lauragh for wonderful woodland experience and cafe.
Written September 18, 2021
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CyclingAdventures27
Cork, Ireland8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Cannot recommend highly enough this cycle, it is tough, but can definitely be conquered by most experience levels, also the views on the cycle are some of the best I have ever seen - and like with a hike you get so much time to soak in those amazing views that are fleeting in a car journey.
Written June 24, 2021
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Garry W
Ardrishaig, UK243 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
The scenery is just breathtaking. You feel you want to stop to capture the views round every corner. The 2 mountain ranges make for beautiful vistas. Wonderful sunsets too, from the most westerley parts of Ireland.
Written September 21, 2020
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gerryoct2015
Tipperary, Ireland254 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
The coastal drive is par of the Wild Atlantic Way is a very windy road with lots of places to pull in to take photos and enjoy the view. Just take your time on the drive around and give yourself plenty time.
One could go across in the ferry to Beare Island which still has a military presence on the island there is a regular ferry service to it.
Written September 19, 2020
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Michael O
Drogheda, Ireland33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
Wonderful drive great scenery only problem roadside very Narrow with very few passing points or viewing spots where you can stop for photos
Written September 12, 2020
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