Conditions of use

information boards along the way

Welcome to Horse Riding on the Beara Peninsula

Planning your visit

If you wish to drive the Ring of Beara please open these pdfs for more information.

Please adhere to all conditions

Etched into the sides of the Miskish and Knockgour mountains of the Slieve Miskish range which knuckles the Beara peninsula west, the Beara Bridle Way is Ireland’s first ever horse trail. The main trail hugs the flanks of the mountains, overlooking 23 kilometres of rugged mountain scenery, stunning seascapes and dazzling island views. It includes some optional but highly recommended detours that climb to access even better vistas from elevated viewing points. The Bridle Way links Clonglaskin townland several kilometres west of Castletownbere town with the colourful village of Allihies, once famous for its coppermines, and the coastal townland of Urhan
near picturesque Eyeries village. Despite the wildness of the scenery, the terrain has something for all experience levels and can be
undertaken at any pace.


Straddling counties Cork and Kerry, the Beara peninsula in southwest Ireland is one of Ireland’s most compelling and beautiful locations. The Miskish and the Caha mountains form the rugged spine of the peninsula which pokes into the wild Atlantic ocean ensuring that the coastline is ever-present. This maritime influence allows subtropical trees and shrubs to escape domesticity and go native in the endless hedgerows lining the leisurely roads that meander between Beara’s cosy, colourful villages and parishes. The peninsula is densely studded with Bronze Age remains: wedge tombs, stone circles and standing stones. Rich deposits of copper drew prehistoric settlers to the peninsula and, for a time at least, the industrial revolution in the 19th century. The economic importance of the sea has never waned, however, and Ireland's largest whitefish fleet is based in Castletownbere. The Beara Bridle Way is a  linear route. Riders can start in Clonglaskin west of Castletownbere or in Allihies or Urhan. There is a short loop route in Allihies and plans are in place two extend the trail and make three loops. Parking is available in Clonglaskin, Allihies , by the Urhan  Inn  and Travara beach  .
Locations of parking on google maps

Clonglaskin parking                     51°38'21.3"N 9°58'48.7"W

Allihies                                        51.645371, -10.037815      

Urhan Inn                                   51.672061, -10.001091

Travara  beach                           51.677128, -9.999271

The beach is 1 km from the Urhan Inn and the Bridle Way.

If you chose to walk sections of the Beara way, please explore these links


Welcome to the Beara Bridle Way

There is NO FEE for booking the Beara Bridle Trail however donations are gratefully accepted. To make a donation simply click here


Accommodati0n

Beara Bridle Way

Accommodtion available throughout the Bridle Way

B&B for horse and Rider

Trail Information

Maps, Important emergency contacts