Named after a Spanish Princess, the staggeringly beautiful Beara peninsula is Ireland’s foremost hidden travel gem. It straddles both counties Cork and Kerry, but does not feel fully part of either, it has a wild beauty and friendly atmosphere all of its own. With plenty of postcard pretty towns and villages like Castletownbere, Allihies and Eyeries to name but a few, the locals are renowned for their friendliness and hospitality, and they protect their Irish traditional culture fiercely. The Irish music sessions can start early in the evening and anybody with a musical talent is welcome to join in. The food in pubs and restaurants is mouth-watering, and it is served literally from field or ocean to table.As the roads are often narrow and inaccessible to the bigger tour buses, it feels far more rugged, ancient and untamed than its neighboring Iveragh and Dingle peninsulas. You will also find archaeological evidence of human history dating back several thousand years.