The Beara Peninsula / The West & South
Within only a few miles of Eyeries, you have access to some of the most stunning and interesting spots in Ireland. The Beara Peninsula is renowned for its beautiful scenery, quietude, and fun-filled towns and villages. Here are some suggestions that you might want to take in while you’re here.
To see the west and south of the Beara Peninsula: Just leave Eyeries, and drive onto the Castletownbere Road toward Castletownbere. About ½ mile from Eyeries, take a right at the sign for Allihies. This brings you down the Beara Peninsula Coast Road. And here’s what you’ll see....
The Beara Drive
Drive from Eyeries, and head west along the Beara Peninsula for one of the most scenic drives in Ireland. Enjoy the stunning scenery of Coulagh Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Capture the image of the Skellig Islands rising from the sea. It’s a journey that you’ll never forget. Continue the drive into Allihies, then onto Castletownbere, and finally back to Eyeries.
Drive down, walk or bike to one of Ireland’s most westerly villages. Allihies boasts one of the Beara’s best beaches. The pretty village was also the site for a productive copper mine. The Allihies Copper Museum provides a history of the bravery of the miners who worked so hard. Camping, B&Bs, food, drink, and entertainment also available.
Fancy a cable car trip? That’s the only way to get to Dursey Island. (The cable car transports not only people, but cows, sheep, and other critters too!) In splendid isolation, the island is a walker’s paradise.
Leaving Allihies, continue on the drive to this Buddhist retreat. All faiths are welcome! Enjoy the stunning views of the Atlantic from the retreat’s cliff-top location. Have a cup of tea or coffee, and browse through their extensive range of books and gifts at their shop. Or contemplate the spiritual side of life by taking part in their meditations.
For more information go to www.dzogchenbeara.org
Located only7km from Eyeries, Castletownbere is the site of one of Ireland’s largest deep water fishing ports. In WWI, the British fleet was based here. When in Castletownbere, take s stroll along the Pier to watch the local fishing fleet bring in the fresh catches. Or try local fish for yourself by having dinner or lunch at the Old Bakery Restaurant, or the many other restaurants and cafes available in the town. Or if you prefer a pint, why not enjoy McCarthy’s Pub, made famous by writer Pete McCarthy? Castletownbere also hosts an annual summer festival. It’s a fascinating town, a place full of history. Visit the Castletownbere Tourist Office for more information.
Take the ferry from Castletownbere across Bantry Bay to visit this wonderful island. Bere Island has a thriving, vibrant community providing a wide and varied range of events and activities for both islanders and visitors alike. Bere Islanders endeavor to promote everything the island has to offer to individuals and families, walkers, cyclists, yacht and fishing enthusiasts; extending the warm West Cork welcome to all.
For more information go to www.bereisland.net
Mill Cove Gallery
A few kilometres from Castletownbere on the Bantry Road, why not visit Mill Cove Gallery? With extensive arts exhibits from local painters, sculptures and ceramics artists, and a wonderful Tea Room, you can capture a few hours of joy here.
For more information go to www.millcovegallery.com
Glengarriff is a lovely village in its own right. Keep going past the Mill Cove Gallery toward Bantry and you’ll find a delightful town. It’s full of woollen shops, good eateries, and a scenic harbour. It must be nice because actress Maureen O’Hara has called Glengarriff her home for years!
For more information go to www.glengarriff.org
At the top of Bantry Bay, you’ll find Bantry. A wonderful town; a place of eateries, hotels, and fishing fleets. And check out their market days! There’s something available for everyone.
For more information go to www.westcork.com/bantry-tourism
General Information on the Beara Peninsula
For more information on the Beara go to www.bearatourism.com
Come to Eyeries Village. Embrace the tranquillity.