Beara by Horseback

Head out and enjoy Ireland’s only Bridleway

Tack up your steed and take in the breathtaking views the Beara peninsula has to offer. Ride the Beara Bridleway, seek adventure through the hills and feel that sea air. Situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, West Cork, Ireland

The Beara Bridleway


The Beara Bridleway is situated on the Beara Peninsula, West Cork. Etched into the sides of the Miskish and Knockgour mountains, the bridleway is Ireland’s first ever horse trail.

The main trail hugs the flanks of the mountains, overlooking the scenery, stunning seascapes and dazzling island views. It includes some optional but highly recommended detours that climb to amazing viewing points.

It crosses three areas of the peninsula, Castletownbere, Allihies and Urhan. it is over 20 km of tracks and can be taken at any pace you feel is best for you and your horse.

The Beara Bridleway Project

The Beara Bridleway project is run by Beara Tourism AKA Jim O’Sullivan (pictured here on the very right). It was very much in the planning stage for many years, but it started to blossom around 2016. This is a photo of myself (very left), Susan Spratt from BHS Ireland and Jim in 2016. We looked at the trails, chatted about horse waterpoints and signage that day. 

Beara Tourism worked with the Cork County Council for grant aid along with local contactors to upgrade the existing tracks into suitable horse trails, adding gates & signage. Sport Ireland also approve the trail and have it on their website.

Trail Maps

There are currently three maps available for the bridle way 

Allihies to Castletownbere

Find the map below

Urhan to Allihies

Find the map below

Urhan to Castletownbere

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Horsebox Parking

Here are the google map points where is suitable to park you horsebox. 

Urhan Horsebox Parking- Base of the Urhan to Castletownerbere trail

Urhan Horsebox Park & Horse Tie up- The Urhan Inn

Allihies Horsebox Parking – Base of the Coppermines (Urhan- Allihies trail)

Castletownbere Horsebox Parking- Base of CTB-Allihies trail

Beara by Horsebox as seen in….

Horse & Hound (2012)

Horse & Hound (2022)

BETA Equestrian Calender (2023)

Beara by Horseback Videos

All videos have been shot and edited by Joe van Velzen. 

This is Beara

Summer time in Beara

Riding the Bridleway

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