Tourists have yet to discover Ireland's other ring.
The tourist-heavy Ring of Kerry in southwest Ireland may be considered to be one of the world’s most scenic areas, but the cognoscenti know that the less-famous Ring of Beara, also in the country’s southwest, is the just as gorgeous, and with far less tourists. Hugging the Ring of Kerry, the 92 mile-long Beara Peninsula—named after the Spanish Princess Beara—is, according to insiders, more picturesque than Kerry and far less commercial. Read: there are no mega-buses with hordes of camera-toting sightseers clogging up the curvy roads. The ring starts in the town of Kenmare, crosses the Healy Pass and goes through historic and colorful villages including Adrigole, Castletownbeare, and Ahihies. And, it happens to be the only peninsula in Ireland situated in two counties, Cork and Kerry.
Yes, the rugged coastline, cliffs, wild sea, woodland paths, and open pastures are captivating and bound to cause envy among your Instagram followers, but Beara has plenty of attractions beyond its good looks. Here are six compelling reasons to visit Ireland’s other ring.