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The 'North Engine', Allhies Copper MineAllihies is a small coastal village, situated on the western end of the Beara Peninsula, West Cork. The area has a magnificent, rugged beauty and a fascinating history.

From 1812 until the mid 20th century, Allihies was a copper-mining centre. Two ‘Man Engine’ houses, built in 1861 to provide power for the mine, still stand. They provide a spectacular reminder of the area’s mining heritage. That heritage was celebrated in September 2007 when President Mary McAleese officially opened the Allihies Copper Mine Museum.

There is a lovely café, ‘The Copper Café,’  adjacent to the Mine Museum where a selection of beverages, snacks and meals can be enjoyed. ’Veronica’s’, opposite the Mine Museum, serves a variety of light meals.

Allihies Village (JE)O’Neill’s Bar in Allihies Village provides a wide range of bar-food throughout the day and has a separate restaurant, ‘Pluais Umha’ which serves delicious evening meals. Local fish dishes feature prominently on its extensive a-la-carte menu.

Traditional music and ballad sessions feature regularly in the three village pubs and visitors are always welcome to join in.

The village is built at the base of the mountain. It, like nearby Eyeries, is renowned for its brightly painted houses. These include a general store, a post-office, three pubs and three restaurants. The village also features a well-equipped children’s playground.


Dzogchen BearaEverybody who visits comments on the sense of peace, of being ‘away from it all,’ that they experience in Allihies. Indeed, the fame of the nearby Dzogchen Beara Retreat Centre, which attracts visitors from all over the world, is at least partly founded on the landscape’s ability to foster such peace. Situated just 7 miles from Allihies, the centre, run by RIGPA, an international Tibetan Buddhist organisation, offers a variety of classes and daily meditation sessions which are open to everybody.

For those who like more active pursuits, the mountains around Allihies and the surrounding countryside provide a wide selection of walks, including mapped Beara Way routes . ‘The Strand’, the lovely sandy beach at Ballydonegan Bay, only 15 minutes walk from the village, is the perfect place to swim and sunbathe. The village has a recently established Dive School Cycling and shore angling are other local options.

Pony- trekking can be arranged by visiting Urhan Riding Stables. At the West Cork Sailing and Powerboating Centre in Adrigole, visitors can rent a boat or enjoy group day-sailing trips around Beara’s coastline, which include stops in scenic locations. There is a 9- hole golf course,  Berehaven Golf Club in nearby Castletownbere.

For those who wish to use Allihies as a base for exploring West Cork and Kerry, many towns such as Glengarriff, Bantry, Skibbereen, Clonakilty, Kenmare and Killarney are easily accessible as day-trip destinations.

Closer to Allihies, day trips on Ireland’s only cable car, to nearby Dursey Island (6 miles away) or to Bere Island, near Castletownbere, by ferry, are popular options.



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