I visited with my mom, sis, and uncle way back in 1979 and am finally getting to return with my husband and daughters this summer. I can't wait. Allihies/Ballydonegan is the the birthplace of my maternal grandmother, Anna Shea. I am so looking forward to showing my girls their heritage in such a beautiful place.
Allihies is a wonderful place to visit and to live. The drive from the capital is a little daunting! However, considering the the atmosphere and the wonderful time you'll have there, it is worth it. Just be careful of the old mineworkings - though most now are fenced off. A week is not long enough to spend there. More Americans should go there. All the best.
Love the Beara P. I am an American who lived over in Cork for 4 years, and the Beara and the West of Cork were my favorite parts of the country. Best way to feel Ireland is to visit West Cork and North of Galway... you won't regret it!
Allihies was the birth place of my grandfather, Daniel Harrington. I have visited the family farm a few times about ten years ago. My wife and I fell in love with the place. I would love to retire there but for the paucity of medical facilities.
Located on the northern side of the Ring of Beara in County Cork, Allihies is a small village with a lot to offer. While not as easy to reach as some of Ireland's more "inland" towns, the scenic village of Allihies is certainly worth the journey. The town can be reached by car, although the nearest bus stop is about twelve miles away in Castletownbere, so be prepared to catch a cab or hike if you plan on taking public transport.
There are plenty of ways to stay busy in Allihies. Cycling is quite popular along all of the Ring of Beara, and the area around Allihies is no exception for some scenic and challenging bike rides. Hiking is also very popular in the region. For history buffs, the abandoned copper mines nearby are a must see. The ruins of the engine houses are quite fascinating. If you are planning on relaxing, the hostels in Allihies are perfectly situated, just a short distance away from white sandy beaches and sparkling blue waters.
There are a few pubs and restaurants in the village, but if you want to do your own shopping your best bet will be in Castletownbere, home to the nearest grocery shop. The food in town is quite good, and you will most likely meet many locals as the town isn't usually frequented by tourists. During the summer months or major holidays, the Ring of Beara does attract a certain number of visitors, so call ahead to your Alliehies hostel if you have not booked your stay to make sure that they can accommodate you.
Hi, I'm Emily Schreiber,
the Hostelz.com local expert for Allihies hostels. Welcome.