The Ring of Beara is not as busy as the Ring of Kerry, but just as stunning, and I highly recommend to spend at least a day there. The roads are much more narrow and windy than on the Ring of Kerry, which is the reason that no tour buses are allowed here.
Some of the highlights of this tour are
- the Healy Pass over the Caha Mountains
- the little colourful village of Allihies with its beautiful beach, nestling at the foot of the mountains
- the Ardgroom stone circle
If you have more than just one day to spend here, you could take the cable car over to Dursey Island (which looks like an adventurous couple of minutes) and explore the island, and I would also recommend driving to Gleninchaquin Park in the heart of the Caha mountains for some hillwalking around the beautiful waterfall there (see separate "Off the beaten path" tip).
The Beara Peninsula is in the southwest of Ireland, west of Bantry. It’s not so popular like the Iveragh Peninsula with the Ring of Kerry but just as beautiful (if not more!), which makes it’s a perfect place to visit!
Most parts of the Beara Peninsula belong to County Cork, the border goes over the Healy Pass where you’ll find signs. The view from Healy Pass to the Kerry side is beautiful, the landscape look very nice with a lake and the distant coast. The Cork side is a big contrast, it’s rather bleak and there’s an interesting serpentine road down!