- Both a driver and guide for a full day tour for a group of up to 6 people.
- You can choose your own itinerary, or we can help with suggestions.
- We provide a luxurious nine-seater minivan, complete with soft leather seats, air conditioning, and plenty of leg room.
- Stop when you want to stop. Take photos, dip your toes in the ocean, or visit a particular attraction.
Named after a Spanish princess, the Beara peninsula is spectacularly beautiful and scattered with picturesque villages. Here, the locals are renowned for their friendliness and hospitality, and they protect their Irish traditional culture fiercely. The area abounds with archaeological evidence of human history dating back several thousand years.
The Beara Peninsula is one of Ireland’s hidden secrets and retains its old world charm, as it is off the main tourist trail. Conventional tours won’t bring you here because the roads are often narrow and inaccessible to the bigger tour buses.
The Highlights of the Beara Tour
Starting in Killarney (or Tralee), we will travel directly to Kenmare, the gateway to the Beara peninsula, which straddles counties Cork and Kerry.
Kenmare and Bonane
Kenmare is a bustling small market town where local craft workers have been selling their products such as Kenmare lace for centuries.
From Kenmare we travel to historic Bonane, a small village which was first settled more than 6,000 years ago. Here we visit Molly Gallivan’s 200-year-old cottage, where you can see how life was lived before electricity was introduced. You can still enjoy the comfort of a welcome coffee and home baking, however.
Glengarriff, Adrigole, and Castletownbere
From Bonane we head through the Caha Pass tunnels into County Cork and the village of Glengarriff, home for many years to the actress Maureen O’Hara.
Hungry Hill, rising to more than 2,000 feet, overlooks the lovely village of Adrigole. Not many people know that this peak is the birthplace of the highest waterfall in Ireland and the United Kingdom—The Mare’s Tail.
Next up is Castletownbere, one of Ireland’s most important fishing ports, where you will find a variety of cafes and restaurants serving the catch of the day.
Dursey, Allihies, and Eyeries
More unique attractions await beyond Castletownbere, where the only cable car in Ireland links the mainland with the sparsely populated Dursey Island.
One of the cherished treasures of the Beara Peninsula is the colourful village of Allihies, against an amphitheatre of mountains as a backdrop. It is believed that the four mythological Children of Lir are buried here. Just outside the village is the beautiful Ballydonegan beach, the only beach in Ireland made from crushed stone.