The Beara Peninsula is a location recognised for its wonderful, dramatic scenery, it’s fresh fish and its warm welcome. As cyclists wind their way around the Ring of Beara they will have the chance to stretch out their legs and freshen up at various stops around the route.
Castletownbere plays host to the biggest and liveliest stop on the Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare, where cyclists will encounter lots of refreshments, live music, massage and general pit-stop craic.
A destination that sees international travellers visit year-round, there is a lot to see and do in this part of the world. Many of those undertaking the cycle will start and finish their event in Castletownbere.
There will be more activity in Castletownbere before the event this year with ex-pro cyclist and renowned journalist Paul Kimmage giving a guest talk at the Beara Coast Hotel in on Friday 24th May (the evening before the cycle) at 8pm. Paul will be interviewed by Off the Ball reporter Máire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh and will answer questions from the audience on the evening. Participants and all members of the public are welcome to attend! This will coincide with Castletownbere registration for the race and promises to be a very interesting event.
For those planning to stay a little longer there’s lots to see and do in the area.
- More of the great outdoors
Whether it’s fishing, golfing or hiking you like to do when you’re not on the bike, there’s plenty of opportunity for all of this. You can undertake sea or shore angling, play a round of gold at the Berehaven Golf Course or take to the various hiking paths and trails in the vicinity.
- Relish in the local art and culture
West Cork is well known as a haven for artists, writers and food producers. Discover the delicacies and treasures of the area by visiting the local stores and galleries.
Want to try something different? You can go Dolphin Watching around Bantry Bay, visit Garnish Island or check out Dunboy Castle and Puxley Mansion. There are lots of interesting sites of historical and natural significance, plenty to keep you busy.
- Embrace the social side
With fish coming straight from the Atlantic to your plate in a matter of hours you cannot beat this part of the world for fresh seafood and superb cuisine. You’ll not only find wonderful food on the menu in most establishments but music and craic also. Don’t forget to check out the world-famous McCarthy’s Bar just off the square where the big Ring of Beara Cycle party happens.
To find out more about Castletownbere please visit here.
The Ring of Beara Cycle 2019 takes place on Saturday 25th May. Ticket sales for the 2020 event will open in September 2019 here.