Come for a holiday and stay for the life!
25 things you should know about Beara
1.The Celts first landed in Ireland at Garnish near the westernmost end of the peninsula.
2. The Beara Peninsula was named after a Spanish princess, Princess Beara.
3. The highest waterfall in Ireland and the UK is the Mare's Tail in Adrigole.
4, The warmest place in Ireland is by Adrigole Bridge in Adrigole.
5. The oldest writing on a stone in Ireland is pre-Ogham and can be found in Glentastel, Lauragh.
6. Berehaven harbour is the second safest natural harbour in the world.
7. The Cailleach Beara is one of the oldest mythological antiquities in Ireland.
8. The four mythological Children of Lir are buried in Allihies.
9. 511 historical sites, some dating back to 2000 B.C. can be found on the Beara Peninsula, making it the location of one of the highest number of antiquities in one area in Ireland. Bonane Valley has many fine examples.
10. The Beara Peninsula is the only peninsula in Ireland that is located in two counties -- Cork and Kerry.
11. O Sullivan Beare is the only Irish chieftain whom Queen Elizabeth I of England did not pardon after the battle of Kinsale .
12. O Sulivan Beare's march in 1603 is the most famous march in Irish history.
13. The freshwater mussels that live in the Ardgroom area are over 100 years old--the oldest living shellfish on the peninsula.
14. In 1796, the French longboat landed in Bere island and Wolfe Tone anchored in Berehaven harbour at the same time.
15. In 1914, Berehaven harbour was the most fortified harbour in western Europe with the cannons on bere Island.
16. After one hundred years of being mined, the copper mines in Allihies are so deep and extensive that they go under the sea.
17. The Dursey Cable Car is the only cable car in Ireland.
18. The Glengarriff Forest is home to the oldest oak trees in Ireland.
19. The Beara Peninsula is home to one of the rarest birds in Ireland -- the Chough.
20. Ballydonegan in Allihies is the only beach in Ireland made from crushed stone; the stone was taken from the copper mines
21 The tallest birch in Ireland is a downy birch, 25m high growing in Lauragh
22 The tallest ogham stone in the world can be found in Eyeries.
23 In the Viking age Dursey Island was used as a slave depot.
24 Blackball in Cahermore was a volcanic area.
25 The Beara Peninsula is the most scenic route in Ireland.
Living in Beara has many benefits and perhaps most people know Beara for its stunning scenery and friendly people. However many visitors also experience a peninsula where life progresses at a different pace, a peninsula which has tradition and a sense of community, with local businesses, industries, arts and crafts, vibrant clubs and organisations, excellent primary and secondary schools. Learn more about life on Beara and discover a place to come to that you may never want to leave.
Fish into the Past ! Fishing has always played a huge part in the history of Beara. From the age old tradition of inshore fishing to images of the newest Beara Fishing boats we have photo galleries and information in the Commercial Fishingpages
2003 was the 400 year anniversary of O'Sullivan Beara's historic march in 1603, from Beara, Co. Cork to Co. Leitrim. Click here to find out more about the O'Sullivan Clan and upcoming anniversaries
Beara plays host to many quality food manufacturers. The beautiful countryside is ideal for growing organic fruit and vegetables. Lamb as well as cattle graze in the green pastures of the area.
Cheese Mileen's cheese, Eyeries,
Food Production Co-Action, food production unit. (G Reaney)
Wines Nellie's Wine Cellar, quality wines. Urhan
Fish Production Castletownbere Eiranova fisheries ltd, - fish processing, Beara Seafood’s - fish processing. The Fisherman’s Co-op, fish processing plant, Elphi Fish Products - fish based products.
Shellfish Shellfish de la Mer, shrimp and crab processing. Castletownbere
Organic Vegetables Organic vegetables are grown throughout the peninsula and can be bought in any of the local shops.
Local Meat Herds of sheep and cattle graze the Beara Mountains. Local meat can be bought in any of the local butcher shops.
Our life boat the Annette Hutton, based in Castletownbere
Branding Beara on the World Scene, the Beara brand name is quickly becoming renowned worldwide. People who have connections and links with the area from as far afield as Australia and America are utilising the brand name Beara. People who have ancestral roots in the region, who are simply attracted to the sheer beauty of Beara and others who have a sense of pride in their native region are the most likely candidates to utilise the brand name Beara. The brand name Beara is used both nation-wide and worldwide exclusively for names of firms, products, books, ships and art creations.
Films and mini-series' Produced in the Beara Peninsula, the Beara Peninsula is the ideal location to produce films and mini-series. Its natural and unique landscape is the main attraction of the region, which has enticed people to come to the area to shoot and produce films for many years.
"Early Winter" which was premiered in January '99 was produced and directed by Maximillian le Cain. Maximillian le Cain from the Beara Peninsula is a promising talented young man. With all the successful films and mini-series that have been produced in the region the Beara Peninsula has become extremely appropriate for film making.
Films of all sorts have been shot on the Beara Peninsula. Among the most popular are "Falling for a Dancer", "Purple Taxi", "Moondance" and "Early Winter". One of Deirdre Purcell's best sellers "Falling for A Dancer", a mini-series production, was filmed in the Beara region. This particular mini-series received a very successful viewing both nationwide and worldwide. "Purple Taxi" was filmed many years ago in the multi-coloured picturesque village of Eyeries. "Moondance" is another film in which many scenes were shot in all areas of the Beara Peninsula.
Clubs and Organisations
Joys of Living in Beara
Famous Beara People
|Beara is often chosen for movie set locations, stars like Saoirse Ronan (above left) and Colin Farrell feature in films shot here. One of Colin's first appearances was filmed here. Check out Movies in Beara
Beara is rich in flora, scenery, walks, movie making and steeped in history. On this page you will find links to these things which we hope you will enjoy and re-visit
Our Accommodation, shops and services are shown by map, please point and click on the village of your choice on the map and you will be taken there. If you wish to know when the ferries are running or the cable car please click on Timetables at the top of the page