Board the Beara Bus for a scenic sleepover on the edge of the Atlantic ocean
Ever wondered what life is like on a fancy tour bus?
Now you can find out, while enjoying some of the most magical views West Cork has to offer… and you don’t even need to decide on a designated driver.
Parked up in a scenic spot overlooking the entrance to Castletownbere harbour, the Beara Bus is available for late summer and autumn bookings via Airbnb.
Inside it can accommodate two guests and it boasts all the mod cons, from a decent shower and king-size bed with pure cotton bedding upstairs to a well-appointed kitchen, dining area and pub-style snug downstairs.
While it might be a bit cramped for taller folk (the ceiling is restricted to about 1.8m and the curved staircase is fairly steep) average height guests will find there’s plenty of space to kick back in the lounge, where there’s Netflix, wifi and a PS4.
The outside infinity decking and barbecue area is the perfect vantage point from which to watch the daily coming and goings of the fishing fleet below. In the evening it’s a magical spot to dine alfresco and watch the sun sink on the horizon before retiring to your cosy bus bunk.
“In the waters below the Bus, basking shark, minke whale and dolphins are frequent visitors.” says the host, David, who lives 300m away in a house at the top of the track.
“The sun rising up over Sheeps Head Peninsula can make for an unforgettable breakfast!”
David’s wife Lorna owns The Tea Rooms in nearby Castletownbere where customers can enjoy a wide selection of freshly baked cakes and goodies. A Beara Bus menu is available too, so if you don’t fancy cooking you can have your entire stay catered – just choose the wine and hit the road.
A stay on the Beara Bus is €150 per night with dates available in August. Booking (two-night minimum) is via Airbnb.