Things to do here:
Apart from in our garden, there are so many wonderful places for just sitting and watching - the whales and dolphins enjoying themselves, the fish jumping and the gannets diving for their dinner, absolutely breathtaking and the sun sets are amazing here.
Stay out and see the night sky and the stars, our words cannot describe the feelings.
Dzogchen Beara - a Rigpa retreat centre, situated nearby on a seaside cliff-top, welcomes people of all faiths and none to it’s varied programmes.
Anam Cara Retreat - A writer's and artist retreat at Eyeries.
Just a 5 minute walk from Seapoint Lodge is Millcove Art Gallery set in beautiful gardens by the sea with welcoming hosts.
Sarah Walker Gallery on the waterfront quay in Castletownbere;
Catherine Hammond Gallery in Glengarriff and there are several galleries and artists’ studios in the villages around the peninsula.
No Guggenheim in Beara!
There are however, very interesting museums set up by local communities displaying and interpreting various aspects of social life. Allihies Copper-Mine Museum tells the story of copper mining in Allihies.
Bere Island Heritage Centre - the maritime / military history of Bere Island and Bantry Bay. Wonderfully engrossing.
In June and July, in Bantry (just a short scenic drive away) you can enjoy the West Cork Literary Festival and West Cork Chamber Music Festival. (check their websites)
The climate in West Cork adds a special dimension to gardens - if you wish to visit some see the - West Cork Garden Trail for suggestions.
It’s a paradise for both long and short walks, all within easy access of Seapoint Lodge. The Beara Way and Sheep’s Head Way - both, way marked routes, offer many choices and Michael Fewer’s notes will keep you engrossed along the routes.
Walking in Ireland by Tom Lawton (a best selling author of walking guides) is a collection of 25 walking routes, 3 of which are in Beara (one to the summit of Hungry hill). This is an excellent walker’s resource with computer generated route diagrams and relief profiles for each walk. These guide books and accompanying maps, along with personal notes of our walking experiences are available to our guests.
This is a fun and interesting way to get around here - and if necessary we can arrange at the bike hire shop nearby.
We can arrange with Kevin the boatman at Ellen’s Rock, near Glengarriff (20 minutes by car) to take you for a short ride amongst the seal colony so you get up close and talk to them. If you wish, he can take you to Garinish Island with it’s Italian gardens.
Fishing trips in the harbour and beyond are possible with suitably equipped boats as is rod fishing in both sea and lakes.
In August we have a festival regatta where everybody who cares to, can join in the fun, rowing, water polo, swimming etc.
Sailing, powerboating and kayaking - for both the learnerand experienced -there’s an excellent centre nearby at Adrigole Harbour.
Many of the local pubs offer evening sessions of live music both traditional and contemporary, and a chance for tourists to enjoy meeting with local people. The local restaurants throughout the peninsula offer a wonderful variety of fresh fish and of course delicious local lamb.
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