For those of us of a certain age who remember the pleasures of cycling in our youth, on quiet roads before the motor car seemed to take over everywhere, then the Beara Peninsula offers a way back to those distant days.

The Beara Way cycling route is mainly on quiet country roads and the route takes in the whole peninsula passing through all the towns and villages along its entire 138 Kms length.

While some of the hardier cyclists will do its whole length over the course of 5 or 6 days, many like just to dip in and cycle selected parts of it.

Take the ferry out to Bere Island where a population of around 200 still live and work or head out to Dursey sound and take a trip on Irelands only Cable Car or just pedal along the wonderfully indented Atlantic coastline and soak up the views at your own leisurely pace.

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