Ardgroom is located on the northern shore of the Beara Peninsula. The name Ardgroom derives from the Irish Dha Dhrom or ‘two hills’, probably referring to the twin hills nearby. Ardgroom is a brightly painted and well maintained village which straddles both the Ring of Beara walking and cycling routes. The area offers a wealth of activity for the holiday maker: magnificent scenic drives, challenging walks, shore and sea angling and many historic sites.
In Canfie, to the east of the village, is a very striking stone circle dating from about 1000 B.C. and there are standing stones and a stone row to the south of the R571 road. There are also interesting sea caves nearby – all are well worth a visit. Glenbeg lake, less than 2km from the village, is a very striking fjord- like lake formed by glacial movement during the last Ice Age. Walking enthusiasts really enjoy the challenging Glenbeg Horseshoe walk. The Pulleen loop is a less challenging coastal walk.
With top-quality Bed and Breakfasts and Self-Catering Houses, Ardgroom is an ideal base for exploring Beara. There are places to eat, great pub food at the Village Inn Bar and Restaurant, and the award-winning Coffee Shop at Harrington’s Post Office.
Local mussel farmers can be seen at work in the quay at Ardgroom Harbour producing over 1000 tonne of high quality mussels each year.