Before I set out on my road trip around Ireland, I had asked my Facebook followers where I should go. The response was overwhelming, and everyone’s advice was fantastic (and taken to heart), but NO ONE once mentioned the Ring of Beara. We wanted to wander aimlessly and take in some of the more colourful towns, and so we ended up on this overlooked Ring…with surprising results.
The weather was often grey and dismal, but it just added to the whole feel of the trip. The variety of light that played across the mountains and coast never grew boring, and instead made the whole landscape moodier and more impressive. We never once encountered another tourist, and often had long stretches of road all to ourselves. Check out the photos from the Ring of Beara (and environs) below.
Sheep make pretty good subjects.
The colourful houses in townships along the way really liven up the grey skies.
This is Allihies, dubbed one of Ireland’s most colourful towns.
I didn’t expect to see such sandy beaches near Allihies!
Driving into Allihies.
The next day we had planned to do the Ring of Kerry, but ran out of time. We DID manage to touch on it, though.
Found a touch of solitude at the beginning of our failed Ring of Kerry attempt. Could have stayed here all day.