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.
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