Today we’ll start in Bantry, County Cork and take on the beautiful Beara Peninsula. At the end of the day, we’ll slip out of Cork and head north into County Kerry, affectionately known as the Kingdom by Kerrymen though the people of Cork might have a thing or two to say about that.
The Ring of Beara is a very special cycle but our route adds a little something extra: before we even get to the start of the Ring of Beara, we have the lovely spin from Bantry to Glengarriff where we’ll stop for coffee. Glengarriff is a charming little village with a lovely harbour, brightly painted buildings and huge displays of wild flowers all year round. And for those who fancy something sweet before tackling the Beara Penninsula, the cafés can always be relied on for delicious homemade cakes and tarts.
From Glengarriff we’ll head out along the Ring of Beara. On the outward stretch, Bantry Bay will be on our left and we’ll be able to see the coastline we cycled yesterday. Once we turn right at the tip of the headland at Allihies, we’ll have Kenmare Bay on the left and we’ll be looking across to the Ring of Kerry (our challenge for tomorrow). The Ring of Beara’s quiet roads hug its stunning coastline and the peninsula is also home to some beautiful (tiny) villages so we’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy a few stops and a leisurely lunch along the way.