Activities

THE PENINSULA

The Beara Peninsula, with its dramatic mountain and coastal scenery, is steeped in myths and legends. On its south side the view is of Bantry Bay, the largest Bay in South West Ireland and one full of history, while on the opposite side it is Kenmare Bay. The mountains and valleys are rich in historical sites such as stone circles, wedge graves and other relics from the past.

Here you will find lakes of all sizes tucked away in the folds of rugged mountains. Wait a while and watch as a patient Heron stands like a little old grey man ready to spear his supper, spot a White Egret looking somewhat enviously at the out of range wild brown trout as they rise to suck in a fly.

Time takes on a different dimension here and after a few days you start to understand the old Irish saying  ‘when God made time, he made plenty of it in Ireland’.

Spend a leisurely day driving the Ring of Beara, with maybe a pub lunch en route, then a walk along a beach or cliff path to work off the calories.

Join the fun at a Hurling or Gaelic football match at one of the several pitches around the Beara. No worry if you don’t understand the rules there will always be someone on hand to explain them.

If your interests are equine then you can enjoy time in the saddle on ‘treks’ to suit all abilities.

Be active or be just plain laid back, enjoy some ‘craic’ (the Gaelic for fun) with the locals over a pint of the famous black stuff – the Beara can be what you want it to be – which could be why many of our guests return again and again.


WALKING – Stroll, ramble or hike

A walking holiday in Ireland allows you to view the Irish landscape, meet the people and explore the culture at your own pace. Every year we welcome walkers from all over the world who wish to visit this least exploited part of Ireland.

No matter what your ability or commitment there is something on the Beara to suit you. Rain gear and walking sticks are available free of charge to guests staying 2 days or more.

The famed Beara Way Walking Route is a circuit of the Peninsula following side roads, boreens (small roads), bog roads and tracks, taking in all that is special about the place including a variety of historical sites ranging from Ogham Stones to Wedge Graves, Stone Circles to ancient church sites and all the time providing magnificent scenery from mountains to the rugged Atlantic shoreline.

It can take about 14 days to cover its 220 Kilometre length, but for the less serious walkers the Beara offers some wonderful opportunities to sample the best of the Beara with its acclaimed Loop Walks.

There are around six Loop Walks taking in a variety of terrain and scenery.

One of the most unique is Dursey Island, situated at the tip of the Peninsula it is accessible by Irelands only cable car. Few walks can have a more exciting beginning and finish.

Another nearby Island is Bere Island which still has about 200 people living and working there. Access here is by ferry and takes about 20 minutes.

For further information – http://www.bearatourism.com/bearaway.html


CYCLING

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.

For further information – http://www.bearatourism.com/cycleroute.html


FISHING

Looking after the needs of the shore angler, whether you are expert or novice, is very much our speciality and facilities include a tackle shop, fresh and frozen bait, fridge and freezer facilities, dedicated tackle and bait room and expert advice always available. Unique to Dromagowlane House for all our guests staying 2 days or more, there is a free guiding service to the best of the fishing marks, daily advice and free use of rods, reels and tripods.

Our main venues are predominately rock fishing with only a few sandy beaches. Forget the climbing gear however as one of the features is the very good access we have to many of our marks. The rocks are generally the easy ’step down’ variety and just as importantly most are no more than ten minutes from where you park, some much less.
Fishing is out over a mixture of ground with as you would expect the sandier areas being the best for our many species of ray with the more mixed ground for the quality huss and conger. For the lure enthusiast we have top quality pollack fishing with catches of over 30 fish to a rod often recorded with individual fish to over 10 pounds (5 Kilos). The area also offers plenty of opportunity to the bass fisherman whether using lure, fly or bait.

Another feature of the Beara is the depths you are fishing in to. Even a medium cast of fifty yards will put you into depths of thirty feet or more and with so much water under your feet, tides and day or night fishing are not as critical as in many other venues.
Under you feet are several species of wrasse which will happily snap up crab or worm baits while a mackerel head has taken many conger to 40 pounds.

If you feel like a day afloat then we can organise a day out with top charter boat.

For more information check out www.bearaseafishing.com


GOLF

If you are staying with us for 2 days or more and a game of golf takes your fancy while you are here, we have golf clubs and trolleys available to guests free of charge.

Berehaven Golf Club (15 minutes drive)

A nine hole course, regarded by many as one of the best courses of its kind. 18 tee boxes allow for a full and varied round with some challenging closing holes.

  • 20 euros weekdays
  • 25 euros weekends.
  • Trolleys available for hire.

Telephone number 027 70700


Glengarriff Golf Club(15 minutes drive)

A nine hole course with very good views of the Caha Mountains and some challenging holes.

  • 20 euros weekdays
  • 25 euros weekends.
  • Trolleys available for hire.

Telephone number 027 63150


Bantry Bay Golf Club(30 minutes drive)

A Christy O’Connor designed 18 hole championship course and well worth playing with its scenic views across Bantry Bay and a welcoming club house.

  • Green fees 40 Euros.
  • Special offers often available so worth checking.
  • Trolleys and buggies available for hire.

Telephone number 027 50579


Kenmare Golf Club(40 minutes drive)

Designed by well known Irish golfer Eddie Hackett an excellent 18 hole course.

  • 50 euros Monday-Friday
  • 55 euros weekend
  • Trolleys and buggies available for hire.

Telephone number 064 6641291


Ring of Kerry Golf Club(45 minutes drive)

Just outside of Kenmare towards Sneem this is a fine 18 hole course.

  • 50 euros weekdays.
  • 60 euros at weekends.
  • Trolleys and buggies available for hire.

Telephone number 064 6642000