Things to do in the Area
You will never be stuck for things to do when you are enjoying your stay in a Beara Holiday Home, that's our guarantee. There is a range of fantastic outdoor activities to partake in in the local community including Fishing, Hiking, Cycling, Horse-Riding.
Castletownbere is the main town within the Beara Peninsula and is the largest white fish port in Ireland. Here you can relax and enjoy this scenic fishing town, watch the local trawlers unload their daily catch, take a ferry trip to Bere Island, or enjoy a round of golf in the nearby Berhaven Golf Course.
Allihies village, though small, is animated and has an active welcoming community. If you fancy a pint and some music or a bite to eat, Our holiday homes are only a few minutes walk away from local pubs, restaurants and shops.
Walk the famous Beara Way which is a 128 mile long-distance trail. You can embark on the Beara Way at any point in the Peninsula to suit your mood and ability. The Beara Way offers an outstanding scenic route which is very well marked and is suitable for various levels of walkers.
Loop Walks of Beara
Beara also offers some beautiful loop walks, there are 15 of these routes in the area, one of which, The Ballydonegan Loop Route, passes through Beara Holiday Homes:
Allihies – 3 loops Dursey Eyeries Ardgroom Bere Island – 3 loops Castletownbere
Dunboy Woods Adrigole Bonnane – 3 loops Glengariff Woods
For any further details, check out www.bearatourism.com
Beara Baoi Walking Tours
By car, bus or foot, Baoi Walking Tours combine folklore and local tradition whilst uncovering layers of history hidden within the landscape of this beautiful Peninsula; discover megalithic monuments, ruined vestiges of a vanished Gaelic aristocracy, Napoleonic war towers, and chimneys of the Industrial Revolution while enjoying the peninsula’s dramatic beauty. Learn about Irish mythology and legends of pirates, copper miners, lighthouse rescues, and The Bull, Cow and Calf Rocks. Wildflower and wildlife identification also included in the tours.
Tours include Allihies Copper Mines, Dursey Island, Spiritual Beara and Allihies Artist Trail.
Visit the Historical Sites
Beara is home to a variety of archalogical sites. The Beara Peninsula is home to Bronze Age remains, Wedge Tombs, stone circles and standing stones -
Derrentaggart Stone Circle, Castletownbere
The Hag of Beara, Eyeries
Wedge Grave on the Allihies to Castletownbere Road
Clountream Wedge Grave, Castletownbere
Kilcatherine Cemetry, Eyeries
Ardgroom Stone Circle
Cashakeelty Stone Circle on the Ardgroom to Lauragh Road
Leitrim Bed Wedge, Adrigole
Uragh Stone Circle, Gleninchiquin, Lauragh
Allihies Copper Mine Museum
The Copper Mine Museum is housed in the renovated Methodist Church, built in 1845 for the Cornish Miners who came to work in the Mines at Allihies. It tells the story of Copper Mining from the Bronze Age up to the 1960’s.
In the Museum the geology, history and geography of this unique area is demonstrated through artefacts, models, multimedia and a small library. The museum caters for all levels of interest from the curious child to the specialist enthusiast.
Meditation Dzogchen Beara Retreat Centre
Dzogchen Beara is a Tibetan Buddhist Retreat centre on the wild and beautiful Beara Peninsula. It offers a year-round programme of retreats, seminars and workshops. Daily meditation classes are available.
The Beara Bridle Trail is Irelands first ever horse trail. The trail is etched into the sides of the Miskish and Knockgour mountains of the Slieve Miskish range which knuckles the Beara Peninsula west, meandering through the Beara Holiday Homes site.
The main trail hugs the flanks of the mountains, overlooking 17 kms of rugged mountain scenery, stunning seascapes and dazzling island views. It includes some optional but highly recommended detours that climb to access even better vistas from elevated viewing points. The Beara Bridle Way links Clonaglaskin townland several kms west of Castletownbere town with the colourful village of Allihies, and the coastal townland of Urhan near picturesque Eyeries village. Despite the ruggedness of the scenery, the terrain has something for all experience levels and can be undertaken at any pace.
Lios Lara Riding Stables
The riding stables are situated in Tir na Hilan, Castletownbere.
Adult, group or private lessons are available or if you wish to take a guided trek on beautiful mountainous and forest terrain and on quite roads suitable for beginners.
The Ring of Beara route offers a wide variety of scenery and varies from easy to very challenging, to suit all abilities. The Ring of Beara Cycle, which usually takes place every May, is proving to be one of the most popular one that this Country has to offer.
Boat Trips & Sea Angling
Dursey Boat Trips
Experience a magnificent, breath taking trip to largely un-discovered Bull Rock, with its natural arch, approximately 9kms
Off the Beara Peninsula, while also visiting the Cow and Calf Rocks. Tours takes aprox 1.5 hours and boat leaves from Garnish Pier.
Wild Atlantic Fish & Trips
Based in Bere Island there are many trip options to offer, including both sight-seeing and angling trips. The trips range from short harbour tours to full day trips.
Visit the many Art Galleries in Beara, Joanna Kempen in Allihies, Sarah Walker and Millcove Galleries in Castletownbere, Adrigole Arts and The Beara Gallery in Lauragh.
Berehaven Golf Club is situated approximately 2 miles outside Castletownbere. It is a 9-hole course beside the sea with 3 holes played across the water and the most amazing views.
Visit the Islands of the Beara Peninsula
Take the cable car to Dursey Island – the only cable car in Ireland and enjoy rare bird sightings and magnificent views of Bull, Cow and Calf Rocks.
Take the ferry from Castletownbere or Pontoon for a short trip to this beautiful island. Scattered about the island are the remains of military forts, Martello towers and ancient sites. For the more energetic, enjoy the Park Run that takes place every Saturday morning with coffee and scones to follow in The Bakehouse.