Visit the Beara Peninsula and Garinish Island

Your cottage holiday in county Kerry would not be complete without a visit on the route less travelled.  The Ring of Beara, located on the Beara Peninsula is often overlooked by the hordes of tourists visiting this beautiful county and therefore is quieter during peak seasons.

Every tourist flocks to the Ring of Kerry all the time overlooking the Ring of Beara which sits one peninsula to the south.

Beara Peninsula, Kerry

Beara Peninsula, Kerry

This scenic route runs from Kenmare to Glengariff, approximately 138km of wild landscapes and isolated vantage points.

This circular driving route takes in the Caha Mountains and has the breathtaking Healy Pass which has fine examples of Ireland’s corkscrew roads.  If you are planning a cottage holiday in Kerry you could also take the time to visit Bere Island which can be accessed by boat, or Dursey Island which can be accessed via Ireland’s only cable car.

There are no shortage of highlights in County Kerry with seaside towns such as Castletownbere and Allihies provide the perfect backdrop for your family holiday in Kerry.  Allihies has its Copper Mine museum, which tells the story of a once dominant industry in this area.  The ruins of abandoned towers and engine houses are contrasting sight to the rolling green fields and beaches that are prevalent in this beautiful countryside.

Pick a town, any town…

Nestled just at the mouth of Kenmare Bay is the charming town of Kenmare.  This is truly an understated town, with many visitors heading straight to the nearby Killarney, however its colourful shop fronts make a great photo opportunity and it is packed with glorious seafood restaurants for you to sample the daily catch.


You can find a holiday cottage in Kenmare which will allow you to sample the very best of what this small town has to offer at your own pace.  Sit back and enjoy a pint by the estuary, or for those wanting a more energetic holiday you can kayak up the estuary before supping your pint, so you feel like you have earned it.  Lose track of time in a gallery or crack open a lobster and enjoy some fresh seafood – this town really does have everything you could want from your cottage holiday in Ireland.

Glengarriff town is the other gateway town that we would recommend to you on your Irish cottage holiday.  Translated from Irish as ‘rugged glen’ it is surrounded by ancient woodlands and has been a popular site to visit for tourists since Victorian times.

It is easy to see why visitors keep returning to this gem on Ireland’s coastline as the buzz during the summer months is infectious and you will never want to leave.  The town boasts several noteworthy pubs which will tempt you on their own, however it is the breathtaking hiking trails that keep many visitors coming back.

Glengarriff is a perfect base for hiking in the Caha Mountains and a cottage in this region will provide you with a perfect base for this as well as family time at the beach and surrounding attractions.

If hiking isn’t your thing, you can still enjoy the scenery with a gentle stroll to Lady Bantry’s Lookout – which provides a spectacular panorama of West Cork which is not to be missed at sunset.

Italian garden, Garnish Island

Italian garden, Garnish Island

Garinish Island is known as Ireland’s Garden of Eden.  The island is also known as Garnish and Ilnacullin island and is home to a variety of ornamental gardens which were planted by former owner John Annan Bryce and Edwardian garden designer Howard Peto.  The island is nestled in Glengarriff Harbour and enjoys an almost subtropical climate, allowing a vast range of plants to grow in its sheltered climes.  A colony of basking seals also enjoys the island so be prepared to share!

Garinish Island is the ultimate in relaxation, much like the rest of your cottage holiday in County Kerry.

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