Our destination today : the Beara Peninsula.

Agrandir le plan

Beara is the peninsula on the south of Iveragh. We first stopped at Bonane, where an Heritage Park was supposed to give us quasi-prehistoric monuments of the stone age. However, if the view was great, the place in itself left a lot to the imagination.

Heritage Park 1 

Heritage Park 5 Heritage Park 8 Heritage Park 4

In the middle picture, you can see where was supposed to stand a fort, just like the one in Staigue Fort. However, nothing really remains except the ditch. The crannog, on the right side, is not genuine, but a reconstitution. In short, if you happen to cross Bonane, don’t stop at this Heritage Park, it’s a waste of time and money (4 euros by person).

Then, we crossed the Caha Pass, the limit between the Kerry County and the Cork County (because Beara peninsula is shared between both).

Beara Caha Pass 

And we drove down to Glengariff :

Beara above Glengariff 2

Glengariff is a very little town, but with its almost tropical climate, its most distinctive feature is its flora, and a mediterranean-looking shore :

Glengariff harbour  Glengariff harbour 4

After a meal in a pub, we drove on the south shore of the peninsula, which is rocky, barren, sun-burnt almost ! Here is the Bantry peninsula view :

Beara south

And then, we climbed again another pass, the Healy Pass, to go on the northern part of the peninsula, enjoying the view en route :

Healy Pass 11

Healy Pass 9

Again, once more, this was (above) the Cork County side and… this is the Kerry County side:

Healy Pass 10

 Healy Pass 13

Finally, we finished the trip on the north shore of the Beara peninsula, facing Iveragh, and, somewhere on the other side of the Kenmare river, Sneem is hiding :

Beara north