Beara Peninsula, Ireland

Beara Peninsula, Ireland

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 619 vacation rentals near Beara Peninsula. From 346 cottages to 198 houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Beara Peninsula for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

Grin and Beara—country charm on the Atlantic coast

Nestled between 2 bays on Ireland's southwestern coast, the Beara Peninsula is a scenic corner of the country that's known for its striking mountain scenery, rolling hillsides, and plenty of waterfront activities along its ample shoreline. The peninsula's dotted with modest hamlets and fishing villages, while farther inland you can find plenty of dining, nightlife, and entertainment in the town of Kenmare. With a Beara Peninsula vacation rental, you'll be surrounded by some of Ireland's most charming scenery, and close to local landmarks like the Copper Mines Museum, Garnish Island, and the ruins of Dunboy Castle.

Go along for the ride: Beara Peninsula by car

Driving tours of the region are a big hit, and the Ring of Beara route takes visitors on a 92-mile loop that includes many of the peninsula's must-see attractions. Or, if hoofing it is more your speed, you can take the Beara Way for a spin; the 128-mile walking trail follows a similar route, wending through the region's hilly countryside. Be prepared, though: walkers generally allow themselves 9 days to complete it. Once you've taken in the sights, you can find plenty of opportunities for boating, kayaking, and fishing along the peninsula's not-inconsiderable shoreline.

Local business—Beara Peninsula's colorful past

The Beara Peninsula is second to none when it comes to noteworthy sights and world-class destinations. At the Copper Mines Museum, you can get a look at the region's cultural and industrial past through exhibits about copper extraction in a former Methodist Church dating from the mid-19th century. For a slightly older take on local history, the ruins of Dunboy Castle offer visitors a glimpse of medieval life on the peninsula. Or you can make like a plant and leaf for Garnish Island, where you'll find 37 acres of landscaped gardens, as well as a striking Grecian temple.

Celebrations for a grey day—weather in the Beara Peninsula

The Beara Peninsula, like almost all of Ireland, has an oceanic climate, with warm summers and cool, wet winters, and plenty of overcast days throughout the year. Average highs peak in the 60s in July and August, while winter temps generally hover in the 40s in January and February. The region sees the bulk of its rainfall between October and March. This is generally the slowest season in the area, and you'll be more likely to find killer rates on Beara Peninsula vacation rentals during the wetter, quieter fall and winter months.

Me and my bay(s): the Beara Peninsula's winning waterfront

One of southwest Ireland's most scenic regions, the Beara Peninsula boasts 2 mountain ranges and miles of shoreline. It's bordered on the north by the so-called Kenmare River (it's really just a very, very long bay), while the wide Bantry Bay lies to the south. You can find a number of islands nearby, and boat excursions and seasonal whale-watching tours are popular. A short drive from your Beara Peninsula vacation rental, the 741-acre Glengarriff Nature Reserve is home to waterfront oak forests in the shadow of the Caha Mountains, as well as a number of wildlife and bird species.