The Beara Peninsula offers some spectacular scenery and wonderful walks. The peninsula is remote with bleak moorland and sparsely populated fishing villages.
At the Western end of Glengariff, the roads divides into two;
select the road on the left (R572). As you drive towards
Adrigole, you will get various views of Bantry Bay on your left,
on your right is the Sugarloaf Mountain, part of the Caha Range.
Beyond the village of Adrigole go right at the sign for the
Heally Pass (R574). To your left as you climb you will see
Hungry Hill, also part of the Caha range which divides county
Cork from County Kerry. At the Western end of Glengariff, the
roads divides into two; select the road on the left (R572).
The highest Waterfall in Ireland is Located on Hungry Hill. The Healy Pass, which rises 334 meters above sea level. It is named after a Bantry man, Tim Healy, the first Governor-General of the Irish Free State. Pause at the summit to view the scenery on both sides
As you begin your descent, Glanmore Lake is a picturesque valley down to your left. At the end of your descent, follow the "Ring of Beara" sign in the direction of Castletownbere. (R571). At Ardgroom - a pleasant village with good trout fishing in nearby lakes - leave R571 and follow the "Ring of Beara " sign to your right. Parts of this road are quite narrow but the views are breathtaking as you skirt along the shore of Kenmare Bay. The peninsula you see across is the Iveragh Peninsula, note for its ring of Kerry route. You rejoin R571 before you reach Eyeries. (If in doubt at any stage of the route, follow the "Ring of Beara" signs). Eyeries is noted for its colour & its floral displays. Shore angling is very popular here. The TV series 'Falling for a Dancer', starring Colin Farrell, was shot here. Beyond Eyeries take the R575 to Allihies for another change of scenery. Allihies looks out to sea and is surrounded on the other three sides by the Sliabh Miskish Mountains. It was for centuries a centre of copper-mining. Daphne du Maurier's novel 'Hungry Hill' is set in this area, in the copper-mining era. Signs of former mining activity is still evident. As you cross the "toe" of the peninsula to get to the Bantry Bay side, it is worth the effort to got right on R572 to Dursey (R572 is a cu-de-sac). Here Irelands only cable-car operates. You may even be tempted to take the cable-car to Dursey Island, famous for its variety of bird life.