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Here you can find general information about Beara, its history and culture and some great ideas for places to visit.  Whether you are visiting Beara for a few days or if you want to take a drive along the stunning Ring of Beara, you will find a wealth of discovery awaits you.

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Information about Beara including the Beara peninsula and the Ring of Beara


Beara, one of the peninsulas situated along the S.W. coast of Ireland, can be accessed by air and by ferry from Britain and France. Glengarriff and Kenmare are the two gateway towns to the Beara peninsula and routes described below are to those two locations.  

 

By Air:

Two airports serve S.W. Ireland directly, Kerry Airport and Cork Airport.

Kerry Airport has flights to and from London Stanstead, London Luton, Frankfurt and Dublin. There are a number of car hire companies renting cars from the Arrivals Hall of the Airport. Check the Kerry Airport website for details. www.kerryairport.ie 

From Kerry Airport to Beara

Turn left out of the Airport and in the village of Farranfore, turn left onto the N22 to Killarney and then onto the N71 to Kenmare, the northern gateway to Beara.(49 km) Following the N71 further, will bring you to Glengarriff, (another 27 km), the southern gateway to Beara. Alternatively follow the N71 to Killarney and then the N27, signposted to Cork to Loo Bridge and turn right onto the R569 via Kilgarvan (58 km.) Although the second route is longer, it may well prove to be quicker in that, in Summer, the N71 between Killarney and Kenmare through Killarney National Park, although scenic spectacular, is often very busy with tour buses and other tourist traffic.

Pedestrian Travellers
Bus Éireann has a scheduled bus service to Killarney and from Killarney to Kenmare. There is a summer service from Kenmare to Glengarriff and also one around the Ring of Beara. Consult their website at www.buseireann.ie for timetables.

Cork Airport  www.corkairport.com  has flights to 14 destinations in Britain and the Channel Islands, 11 to Spain and the Canaries, 6 to French destinations, 2 to Poland and one each to Germany, Holland, Italy and Portugal. International transfers are also possible from such major hubs such as London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam.
Car hire companies rent cars in the Arrivals Hall.

From Cork Airport to Beara 

Turn left from the airport exit on the N27 towards Cork and then left again onto the N40 Cork Ring Road. Turn left again onto the N71 which will take you to Glengarriff (southern gateway to Beara) via Bandon, Clonakilty, Skibbereen and Bantry. (123 km, the long way!) Alternatively, follow the N40 onto the N22 and turn left onto the R585 at Crookstown. At Keakill turn right onto the N71 to Glengarriff (91 km) or proceed onwards to Kenmare (27 km).

Alternatively to Kenmare from Cork Airport, exit on the N27 and then left again onto the N40 Cork South Ring road. Continue onto the N22 and, at Loo Bridge, turn left onto the R569 via Kilgarvan (96 km).

Pedestrian Travellers

There is a regular bus service from Cork Airport to the Cork Bus station and from there all year services to Glengarriff and Castletownbere. There is a summer service from Cork Airport to Glengarriff and Kenmare. Apart from summer, the route to Kenmare is from Cork to Killarney, and then change buses to Kenmare. Consult www.buseireann.ie for timetables.


Dublin Airport   
is the main international airport for Ireland and has flights to over 180 destinations. International transfers to Dublin can also be made from such major hubs such as London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam Schipol and, for Asian and Australasian travellers, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. There are also direct flights to Dublin from many N. American cities. Car hire companies operate from both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

From Dublin Airport to Beara

On leaving Dublin Airport, follow the signs for the M50, taking the second exit at the roundabout, signposted M50 (Southbound). Follow M50 Southbound and take exit 9. At Junction 9, use the left 3 lanes to take the N7 exit to Limerick/Cork/Waterford/N8/N9. Follow the M7 until the M8 junction signposted Durrow and Cork and then proceed along the M8 to Cork. At the end of the M8, take the second exit off of the roundabout through the Jack Lynch Tunnel onto the N40, the South Ring Road around Cork. Follow the N40 onto the N22 and turn onto the R585 at Crookstown. At Ballylickey, turn right onto the N71 to Glengarriff (353 km).

Alternatively for Kenmare, as above until the N40 and continue on the N22 and, at Loo Bridge, turn left onto the R569 via Kilgarvan (358km).


N.B. This route includes some sections of Toll roads. Consult your car hire company as to the procedure for payment of tolls.


Pedestrian Travellers

There are direct services to Cork from Dublin Airport run by Aircoach and GoBé from Terminals 1 and 2. Consult websites www.aircoach.ie and www.gobe.ie for timetables and fares. From there, take bus transfers to Glengarriff and Castletownbere and to Kenmare via Killarney from the Cork bus station. Consult www. buseireann.ie for timetables. A frequent bus service also runs from Dublin Airport to Heuston Station for trains to Cork and Killarney. Consult www.irishrail.ie for timetables.
Shannon Airport is another possibility. Shannon has flights to 6 U.K. destinations, 18 to Europe and 4 to the U.S. Car hire is available in the Arrivals Hall.

From Shannon Airport to Beara

Exit Shannon Airport on the N19 turning left onto the N18, bypassing Limerick via the Shannon Tunnel to the M20 junction. Follow the M20 to its end and then proceed on the N21 signposted Tralee and Killarney via Adare. Follow the N21 to Castleisland and then on the N23 passing Kerry Airport. At Farranfore, turn left onto the N22 to Killarney and then onto the N71 to Kenmare, the northern gateway to Beara (163km). Following the N71 further, will bring you to Glengarriff, (another 27 km). the southern gateway to Beara. Alternatively follow the N71 to Killarney and then the N27, signposted to Cork to Loo Bridge and turn right onto the R569 via Kilgarvan to Kenmare.

N.B. These routes include some sections of Toll roads. Consult your car hire company as to the procedure for payment of tolls.

Pedestrian Travellers
There are regular bus services from Shannon Airport to Limerick, from there to Cork and then transfers to Glengarriff and Castletownbere. Buses also serve Killarney and from there transfers to Kenmare. Consult www.buseireann.ie for timetables.

By Ferry:

Car ferries ply between the U.K. and Ireland to Dublin from Liverpool and Holyhead and to Rosslare from Pembroke and Fishguard. From France, there are direct ferry routes from Roskoff and Cherbourg to Rosslare and from Rosskoff to Cork. It is also possible to cross the English Channel from a variety of European ports to the U.K. and then onwards by road to the ferry ports of Pembroke and Fishguard for Rosslare and Holyhead and Liverpool for Dublin. Consult the websites for Stena Line, Irish Ferries, P & O Ferries and Brittany Ferries for timetables and prices.

From Dublin Ferryport to Beara

Follow the signs to the M50 from the Ferryport. Follow M50 Southbound and take exit 9. At junction 9, use the left 3 lanes to take the N7 exit to Limerick/Cork/Waterford/N8/N9. Follow the M7 until the M8 junction signposted Durrow and Cork, and then proceed along the M8 to Cork. At the end of the M8, take the second exit off of the roundabout onto the N40, the South Ring Road around Cork. Follow the N40 onto the N22 and turn onto the R585 at Crookstown. At Ballylickey turn right onto the N71 to Glengarriff (361 km).

For Kenmare, as above until the N40 and continue on the N22 and, at Loo Bridge, turn left onto the R569 via Kilgarvan (366km).

N.B. This route includes some sections of Toll roads.


For Pedestrian Travellers

There is a bus service from the Dublin Ferryport to the central bus station and to Heuston Rail Station. There is a regular bus service from Dublin to Cork and from there, transfers to Glengarriff and Castletownbere and to Kenmare via Killarney. There are also regular train services to Cork and Killarney from Dublin Heuston Station. Consult www.dublinbus.ie www.buseireann.ie and www.irishrail.ie for timetables.

From Rosslare Ferryport to Beara

From the Rosslare Ferryport follow the signs for Wexford, joining the N25. Follow the N25 from Wexford through New Ross and Waterford to Cork. At the Dunkettle interchange take the first exit under the Jack Lynch Tunnel onto the N40, the South Ring Road around Cork. Follow the N40 onto the N22 and turn onto the R585 at Crookstown. At Ballylickey turn right onto the N71 to Glengarriff (280 km).

For Kenmare, as above until the N40 and continue on the N22 and, at Loo Bridge, turn left onto the R569 via Kilgarvan (286 km).

N.B. This route includes some sections of Toll roads.

Pedestrian Travellers
There is a scheduled bus service from Rosslare Europort to Cork and then change to the service to Glengarriff and Castletownbere. For Kenmare continue on to Killarney and change to the Killarney to Kenmare Service. Consult www.buseireann.ie for timetables.

From Cork Ferryport to Beara

Take the N28 to the N40 Cork South Ring Road. Follow the N40 onto the N22 and turn onto the R585 at Crookstown. At Ballylickey turn right onto the N71 to Glengarriff (103km).
For Kenmare, as above until the N40 and continue on the N22 and, at Loo Bridge, turn left onto the R569 via Kilgarvan to Kenmare (109km).

For Pedestrian Travellers
There is a shuttle bus service to Cork and then proceed to Glengarriff and Castletownbere by scheduled services. Buses also run from Cork to Killarney and then a transfer to Kenmare. Consult www.buseireann.ie for timetables.

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