The Beara Peninsula lies south of the magnificent and world famous Ring of Kerry and all along the route there are great views of the peaks of the Kerry Mountains.The Beara Peninsula is the only peninsula in Ireland that is located in two counties, Cork and Kerry. Bordered between Kenmare bay to the north side and Bantry Bay to the south.
The peninsula is named after a Spanish princess, Princess Beara. Owen Mór the King of Ireland sailed to Spain after being badly injured in battle, there he met and married the princess. On his return to Ireland he named the nearby island and the whole peninsula 'Beara' in honour of his wife.
The peninsula is a treasure trove for history buffs, some 511 historical sites can be found in the area, making it the location of one of the highest number of antiquities in one area in Ireland. An example of Pre-Ogham writining can be found in Glentastel, Lauragh. Indeed the tallest ogham stone in the world (17 ˝ feet / 5.3m) is situated at Ballycrovane, Eyeries. It is at Garnish that the Celts first landed. The extensive copper mines at Allihies were mined for almost a hundred years, as a result they are so deep they go under the sea at parts.
TheBearaPeninsula has a wide range of quality accommodation to suit all budgets, ranging from hotels and bed & breakfasts to hostels and self catering accommodation. TheBearaPeninsula has a nice variety of pubs which are well worth a visit on a warm summers evening or a cold winters one!.
For diners there are a selection of restaurantsWhile on your tour of the Beara Peninsula you are sure to see the Kerry cow believed to be one of the oldest breeds in Europe. Brought here by Neolithic man, they are black in colour and a bit smaller that regular cows.