Country cottages to rent in Beara - a magnificent holiday location in County Cork
You would be glad to stay in Beara for a cottage holiday. The Beara Peninsula is located in County Cork off the south western coast of Ireland. This is one of the most striking parts of the country, with two mountain ranges running through the heart of the peninsula. One is the low sandstone mountains of Caha, and the other is the Slieve Miskish Mountains with four towering peaks. Lovers of walking, trekking and hiking will adore the perfect scenery of the Beara Peninsula, and those who like walks that are a little less challenging can take relaxing ambles and strolls through the backdrops as well, soaking up the unique and pretty atmosphere of the Cork countryside. This is a beautiful part of Ireland for a country cottage holiday or rural retreat break.
What Beara offers for Cottage Breaks
Self-catering holidays near the Ring of Beara
The Ring of Beara is a car trail for those not so keen on walking, and it wraps around the entire peninsula for over 120 miles. Starting in Kenmare, it passes through lots of nearby towns and villages and ends in Glengarriff. This whole area is absolutely stunning and makes for a lovely couple of hour’s drive, where you can gaze out at the unique scenery from the comfort of your car whilst enjoying a tranquil cottage break.
Places to visit in Beara during your holiday
Even if you rent the most lovely and comfortable holiday home in Beara, there comes a time when every holidaymaker desires to explore their holiday destination. The nearby coastal parish of Allihies was a major copper mine, and this area was featured in the Daphne du Maurier novel ‘Hungry Hill’. Fans of the brilliant British novelist, who also wrote the famous book ‘Rebecca’ which was turned into an Alfred Hitchcock film in 1940 will appreciate the region even more after knowing its history with the author.
There are lots of other tourist attractions in Beara to discover on a country holiday, including the Copper Mines Museum in Allihies. This museum is a great attraction to take the whole family to and features exhibits and displays along with interesting information about the featured artefacts from the copper industry nearby, dating back some 3,500 years. There is also the Copper Café which serves tasty local seafood as well as sandwiches.
Other areas of local history to discover for a great day out on a self-catering break along the Beara Peninsula include the eerie ruins of Dunboy Castle. Built to guard Berehaven Harbour, Dunboy Castle is open to the public and the relics make excellent photographs for any budding photographers coming to visit.
Puxley Mansion is a nineteenth century manor house which stands close by to Dunboy Castle. Burnt to the ground in 1920 by the IRA, its remains can still be seen.
The Beara Peninsula is beautiful and the untamed and rugged feel of the region as well as the gorgeous coastline bring visitors back time and time again. Staying in a rural retreat, a crofter’s cottage or a farm cottage can be a truly relaxing way to discover some of the best of this area of Ireland.
Book a Beara cottage and look forward to discovering some of the best of Cork on holiday.