Return to Beara

The distinctive Kerry coastline consists of three main peninsulas – the Dingle Peninsula to the north, the central Iveragh Peninsula (which contains the famous ‘Ring of Kerry’) and to the south the Beara Peninsula. The latter is shared with County Cork.

For summer vacation this year, we located ourselves in the beautiful town of Kenmare, which is an ideal base for undertaking both ‘rings’ – the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara. The shots in this post are from several locations on Beara. The real secret though, is to get off the beaten track as much as your time and itinerary will allow. I have taken to driving down all kinds of side-roads and lane-ways – just to see what might be there – and often there are gems awaiting.


Kerry Aug 2014 #4

Vibrant gorse against a backdrop of Clonee Lough Upper – down one of the many small roads and lanes off the Ring of Beara.


Kerry Aug 2014 #5

Uragh Stone Circle with Lough Inchiquin and Uragh Wood in the distance.


Kerry Aug 2014 #7

Uragh Stone Circle – Beara Peninsula



Kerry Aug 2014 #12

Looking towards the Iveragh Peninsula – from a coastal route off the Ring of Beara, near Loughaunacreen.


Kerry Aug 2014 #9

Distant view of the McGillycuddy Reeks from the Beara Peninsula, near Loughaunacreen.


Kerry Aug 2014 #11

View from Beara towards Iveragh taken from the road outside Eyeries. The stretch of water is the North Atlantic.


Kerry Aug 2014 #10

The village of Allihies (Co. Cork) on the Beara Peninsula. For many centuries the area was a site for copper mining.