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Ring of Beara
Ring of Beara

Ring of Beara

R571, R572, R575, Beara Halbinsel, Killarney, Ireland

The basics

Travelers have two options when driving along the Ring of Beara. They can follow a longer 85-mile (140-kilometer) route, which circumnavigates the entire peninsula, or cut the loop short by crossing Healy Pass between Lauragh and Adrigole.

Some travelers rent cars and drive themselves along the twisting roads. If you’d prefer to focus on the sights rather than your steering, go as part of a guided tour. Guided tours typically depart from Kenmare or Killarney, and pass through quaint villages such as Ardgroom, Allihies, and Eyeries, as well as making stopovers at scenic viewpoints. Some tours include visits to the Mare’s Tail waterfall and the Uragh Stone Circle, and a ride on the Dursey Island Cable Car.

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Private Ring of Beara Day Tour from Killarney
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Private Ring of Beara Day Tour from Killarney
$73.22 per adult
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We spent the day on a private tour of the Beara Peninsula. Our tour guide Peter Stanley went above and beyond to be helpful. He was very cordial and knowledgeable about this region. The day included a nature reserve, picturesque towns, beautiful lakes, the magnificent Healy Pass, rugged mountain terrain, short hikes, a stone circle and herds of blue dotted sheep grazing on the hillsides. All this without tour buses or traffic. Highly recommend.
MaryEllen_Q, Jul 2018

Things to know before you go

  • The Ring of Beara is a must for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.
  • Bring a camera to capture the breathtaking panoramas.
  • Navigating the rural roads here requires concentration, especially if you’re taking Healy Pass, which is narrow and features hairpin turns.
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How to get there

The Beara Peninsula is in the southwest of Ireland, situated partially in County Kerry and partially in County Cork. Begin in Kenmare, County Kerry, and follow the R571 and R572 around the peninsula.

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When to get there

The Ring of Beara is less well-known than the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula, and as such, you’re much less likely to encounter traffic on its roads. Summer is the best time to visit as you’ll have more time to explore in daylight. Avoid Healy Pass in the early morning and late evening, when fog and mist are common.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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