It can be a “hilly” experience cycling on The Beara Peninsula which forms part of The Wild Atlantic Way but a truly rewarding one. The scenery is stunning with cliffs dropping down to the Atlantic in places.
There is no better way to get close to nature. You can do the loop cycle from Castletownbere to Allihies all the way through the Urhan route. You can rent very good quality bikes from Denis and Vera who run the local bike shop just outside Castletownbere. The shop is called Bike n Beara. www.bikenbeara.ie. Helmets and locks provided.
From Bellatarix, Bed and Breakfast for Women it’s just a short cycle to Castletown Berehaven. You can hop on the ferry with your bike to Bere Island for a day out cycling and really enjoy that special Island experience.
The Beara Way Cycling Route in West Cork mostly uses country roads and stays close to the coastline. It makes its way along the entire Beara Peninsula and passes through towns and villages along the way.
There is no start or finish to these cycles so you can join the route in any of the towns and villages along The Beara Peninsula. The route is sign- posted with a logo and a bicycle symbol.
Here are some great cycle routes for the enthusiastic cyclist.
Glengarriff to Adrigole: 21km. 2km main road, 19km other roads. Elevation range 20m-140m. OSI Discovery Series Maps Sheets 84,85.
Adrigole to Castletownbere: 16km, all other roads. Elevation range sealevel-100m. OSI Discovery Series Maps Sheets 84-85
Bere Island: 14km other roads. Elevation range sea level -250m. OSI Discovery Maps Sheets 84 or 88.
Castletownbere to Dursey Sound and Allihies: 43km other roads. Elevation range sea level- 150m. OSI Discovery Maps Sheet 84.
Allihies to Ardgroom: 15km. 6km main road, 9km other roads. Elevation range 50m – 100m. OSI Discovery Maps Sheet 84.
Ardgroom to Dawros Cross: 17km all other roads. Elevation range sea level – 50m. OSI Discovery Maps Sheets 84-85.
You can rent bicycles from bike in beara, www.bikenbeara.ie