Eat, Explore and Experience

Only the best make the list.


Allihies Copper Mines

Learn about the miners at the museum.

Ballydonegan, Allihies Beach

Ballydonegan, Allihies Beach is a calm and private haven.

Bamboo Park

Thirty different bamboo species on 13 acres of coastal woodlands.

Bonane Heritage Park

Explore six thousand years of ring forts, boulder burials, stone circles, and cottage ruins.

Cable Car to to Dursey Island

A perfect place for bird watching, the car holds six people. (or a cow!)

Driftwood Craft Furniture

Driftwood is an unusual and beautiful craft shop specialising in handmade garden furniture.


Drive or Bike the Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way, the longest, signed coastal drive in the world.

Dzogchen Beara

A Tibetan Buddhist Retreat Centre often visited for the amazing ocean views.

Glengarriff Gardens

The beautifully serene Italian garden on Garinish Island, Glengarriff.

Glengarriff Nature Reserve

A sheltered glen opening onto Glengarriff Harbour is worth the visit.

Hungry Hill Cottages

Beautiful views of Hungry Hill and the ocean, with serenity and nature at your feet.

Hungry Hill Gallery

Hungry Hill Gallery, is a family run gallery, gift shop, and coffee shop with delicious homemade cakes.

Leitrim Beg

A curious wedge grave near Adrigole.

Mill Cove Gallery

Mill Cove Gallery, one of the best galleries in West Ireland with a sculpture garden overlooking Bere Island.

Puxley Mansion and Dunboy Castle

Daphne du Maurier based her novel Hungry Hill on the mansion, and the castle was once the scene of a famous siege.

The Ewe Interactive Sculpture Garden.

Ireland’s singular interactive, interpretive sculpture garden.

The Hag of Beara

It’s said she lived seven life-times before turning to stone.


The restaurants in Castletownbere use best local produce in the area including excellent fresh fish caught daily.
There are many interesting pubs and restaurants serving local produce on the Beara Peninsula, but here are a few we like.

Breen’s Lobster Bar

+ 353 (0) 27 70031 – Excellent Chowder.

Jack Patricks

+ 353 (0) 27 70319 – Local favorite food and baked goods.

McCarthy’s Bar

+ 353 (0) 27 70014  –A world famous pub for craic, music and food. 

Murphy’s Restaurant

+ 353 (0) 27 70244 – Simple, tasty Irish seafood.


+ 353 (0) 27 70007 – Busy atmosphere in the centre of town.

The Copper Kettle

+ 353 (0) 27 71792 – Excellence all-around.

The Golden Coast

+ 353 (0) 27 71111 – Chinese food on the Beara.

The Olde Bakery

+ 353 (0) 27 70869 – A hidden gem.

Twomey’s Ivy Bar

+353 27 70114 – A musical-infused pub in centre of town.

Catholic Services

Catholic Church of St Bartholomew – 9am Sunday (10 mins walk)

Church of Sacred Heart Castletownbere – (10 mins drive) – Sat 7.30pm / Sunday 11.30am

Church of St Fachtna, Adrigole – 8 mins drive – 10.15am

Protestant Services

St Peters – In Main Street, Castletown

Buddhist Meditation Center

Castletownbere has an amazing meditation center & retreat founded on the principals of Buddhism – this special place is worth a visit for spiritual enlightenment, peace, serenity, or beautiful scenery. The first Buddhist Monastery in Ireland is being built here.

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Get Active!

Hungry Hill Cottages, between Adrigole and Castletownbere, is a paradise for walkers, runners, cyclists, and golfers.

Bantry Bay Golf Club

One of the top four courses in Cork with 170 acres of undulating scenery skirting the coast.

Beara Way Cycling Route

Cycling on the Beara Peninsula is a unique experience and great way to see the sights.

Glengarriff Gold Club

Surrounded on 3 sides by one of the few remaining ancient Oak forests of Ireland and set amidst the mountains.

Healy Pass

Ride over the spectacular pass for panoramas of Bantry Bay and the Kenmare River.

Hike Hungry Hill

The loop is an hour climb, covering 13km and rising 685 metres, or reaching the top takes two hours.

Kenmare Golf Course

The jewel in the crown of the late great Mr. Eddie Hackett, one of the games premier golf course architects.

Mountain Biking

There are amazing routes on Hungry Hill for serious off-road bikers.

Park Lough

A leisurely ramble to the Lough takes about 10-15 minutes.

Ring of Kerry Golf & Country Club

This gem should be on the short list of superior Irish experiences.

Rossmackowen River

The footbridge is on the western side of Hungry Hill on the loop which passes by the cottage.

Serene Running Routes

Run on quiet traffic free routes with amazing scenery

Join one of the many organized runs held all over the Peninsula

The Beara Way Walking Route

The route covers the entire Beara Peninsula but you can join the trail at many points along the way, including right outside the cottage!

Fishing, Boating, and More

Cork has an abundance of fishing, boating, watersports, and history. There’s so much to do!

Beara Tourism

For more details on the area’s many activities and sights!

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