ALLIHIES

Allihies, situated 12 miles west of Castletownbere, on the Ring of Beara Route, is a region of unspoiled natural beauty. Glacial and volcanic movement of yore played their part in the formation of this most rugged, most unusual and yet most beautiful landscape.  Such activity, the geologists tell us, left in its wake the large store of mineral deposits so successfully mined throughout the 19th century and much more of which is still here with us - if deeper down.  Plans are advanced regarding the siting of a Mining Museum in Allihies. 

Avail of our many splendid houses of accommodation - B&B's and Holiday Homes, Public Houses, Restaurants, Language Interpretive Centre and Community Hall.   Allihies overlooks the beautiful Ballydonegan Bay with its magnificent quartz strand, a direct result of the mining era.

Each summer a Festival is held in August around the 15th, with horse racing, novelty events, and dancing in the Community Hall.

 

GARNISH/LEHANMORE

On route to Allihies, a turn to your right before reaching the Barnes Gap, will bring you to Garnish and Lehanmore.  The area is steeped in history with numerous sites to visit such as Ring Forts, Wedge Graves just to mention a few.  The beautiful safe beaches at Garnish are very busy during the summer months.  Lehanmore Community Centre is the base for the Garnish Family Festival held annually either at the end of July or the begining of August.  Numerous events are held but the the main attraction are the car trials which are very popular.

Dursey Sound and Island

Millennium Sunset at Dursey - click to enlarge
Millennium Sunset

Continuing west along from Lehanmore, you arrive at Dursey Sound, the site from where the last sunset of the Millennium was televised to homes in Ireland, Great Britain and Europe (Sky TV).  A Sun-Dial has been erected there to commemorate this occasion.  A few metres further on, is the western tip of the Beara Peninsula and Dursey Island.  This is linked to the mainland by a Cable Car, the only one of its kind (i.e. over the sea)  in Europe.  On the island itself, the history and folklore is abundant.  This island is also a recognised Bird Sanctuary, with numerous species, rare and otherwise, regularly to be seen. 

Cable Car at Dursey Sound - the only one of its kind over water in Western Europe