It’s hard to think of anywhere else in Ireland where the phrase “there is a view around every corner” is more fitting than on the Beara Peninsula. Hiking the Beara Way is full of highlights gives you the opportunity to explore the region’s breathtaking rugged mountains and lakes stretching 48km into the Atlantic Ocean, from Glengarriff to Dursey Island.
Due to its remoteness The Beara Peninsula has remained one of the most unspoiled parts of Ireland and walkers will be rewarded with a magnificent combination of mountain and coastal scenery, as well as the highest waterfall in Ireland and the UK. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, the area offers a unique bounty of flora and marine fauna rarely seen anywhere else in Ireland. With 511 historical sites, the Beara Peninsula has the highest number of ancient monuments in Ireland. Every day you will see reminders of local history, following the same walking trails used by Celts, Spanish, French and British over the past few centuries. You will find the remains of ring forts, Martello towers, barracks and signal towers scattered all along The Beara Way.
If you are looking for a thrill, hop on the Dursey Island cable car, the only one crossing open sea in Europe and the only one still in operation in Ireland. All along the walking sections on the Beara Way you will have the chance to explore its unique landscape and heritage. This section of the Wild Atlantic Way is a walkers paradise.