Cycle around the Ring of Beara, it has to be one of the best cycling routes in the whole of Ireland. The roads are quiet and there is just spectacular scenery all the way. Many small villages with places to stop for food and drink. Too few to mention, so I won’t.
Follow the route as shown in the video, but of course start from any where that suits and feel free to stay around for a few days. You don’t need to sign up for a sportive to enjoy this route, indeed it is much more fun when you are on your own or just with a small group.
Cycle the Ring of Beara Peninsula, on the wildatlanticway .#beara #film It is quite possibly the nicest cycle route in Ireland… Especially when the weather is right. Any time come and do it, you don't need a sportive to sign up to. Just put 50€ in your pocket and cycle around, get lunch in any one of many bars or restaurants.
Beara Best Peninsula ? is the question that springs to mind. Recently there have been a spate of articles on the internet about which is the best peninsula to go to and why. But what is the reason that more and more articles are voicing an opinion in favour of the Beara. Is it because of the rugged natural beauty of the Beara, or maybe simply that the peninsula is so isolated. Not really : the Sheeps head is just as rugged and in some ways more isolated. Is it because it has enough small villages with accommodation options to cater for the intrepid traveler? Again not really.
The Beara is the number one peninsula to visit due to the reason that it has some spectacular roads that allow the visitor all the way to the end of the peninsula but also give or take a few miles an option to circumnavigate the peninsula without having to back track. Apart from if the visitor wants to visit the Dursey Sound, there are a few miles off the circuit to drive along to get to the famous (Ireland’s only) cable car. So, ultimately, it’s a war of the “Ring of’s”… Only the Ring of Beara or the Ring of Kerry really enable the visitor to do a circuit of a peninsula and it seems when one looks at the ROK that this is what people are really looking for, the adventure of a spin around a peninsula to enjoy the scenery and not have to back track.
The jewel in the Beara peninsula is peace and quiet, simply that, it is impossible to drive around the Beara Peninsula in a coach and this is it’s saving grace. And the reason that it is not possible to drive a coach around the Beara is due to the bend signalled in the following picture.
Beara Best Peninsula
So there is the answer, if you want to be an adventurer and only have one peninsula to do, Beara is the one… If you want to be a sheep following the madding crowd, go to Kerry, you’ll meet loads of people and their coaches and probably want to forget them.
The best recommendation however is to take your time and do all of them, right to their very ends, and if you have the choice stay in the smaller villages towards the end of the peninsulas to get to meet real people and enjoy the craic.