Bantry Beara Peninsula

From Bantry take a drive around the Beara Peninsula taking in the Atlantic views and stopping at the towns and villages of Glengarriff, Adrigole, Castletownbere, Allihies, Eyeries, Ardgroom, Lauragh and Healy Pass, before returning to Bantry again. This scenic route covers a total distance of 151km.

Start Your Journey

The Beara Peninsula route covers wild seascapes, amazing scenery and colourful villages with enthralling visitor attractions dotted along the way –the Wild Atlantic way app will guide you right to them.

Departing Bantry take the N71 north to Glengarriff, hugging the coastline and enjoying the views out to Whiddy Island as you go. From Glengarriff  take the R572 southwest through the wonderful landscape of the southern shore of the Beara Peninsula by Leahill Bog and Trafrask Bog, both Natural Heritage Areas, then on to peaceful Adrigole. From here continue on the R572 west to bustling Castletownbere, a major fishing port and a hive of activity. Here Dinish Island stands guard over the port with the impressive Bere Island sitting in the distance. Access to Bere Island is via ferry.

Leaving Castletownbere, again following the R572, travel further westward towards the very tip of the Beara Peninsula enjoying breathtaking Atlantic views along the way. Stay on the R572 which is will bring you to Dursey Sound and the Dursey Island cable car, Ireland’s only cable car and means of access to Dursey Island which is a prime Signature Point on the Wild Atlantic Way. The island lies across the narrow but treacherous Dursey Sound and with no shops, pubs or restaurants, is a great getaway from the fray of modern living. The island is part of the Beara Way walking trail and offers the day visitor a unique experience of calm with spectacular views of the Beara Peninsula. 

Leaving  Dursey Sound follow the R572 eastward and at the junction bear left onto the R575 to Allihies – a colourful, engaging village with a wonderful history and wealth of activities - worth a stop if time allows. From here travel onwards and on to the R571 to colourful Eyeries, and the peaceful, scenic villages of Ardgroom and Lauragh. After passing through Lauragh keep an eye peeled for the turn onto the R574 which, via the Healy Pass, winds its way through the Caha Mountains, the backbone of the Beara Peninsula, and back to Adrigole.

From here take the R572 back once more to Glengarriff before re-joining the N71, which takes you back to your starting point in Bantry.