Bonane is located on the N71 Kenmare to Glengarriff road, surrounded by the Sheehy and Caha mountains. Bonane links both the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara. The local river is named after Fionn’s son Oisin. Originally known as Abha Oisin or Oisin’s river, it has since been anglicised to River Sheen. The river, subject of many a ballad, flows through the parish and is a haven for fishermen, swimmers and casual strollers alike.
With its many magnificent walks and drives and abundance of archaeological and historical sites, Bonane is a must for any discerning traveller. The Beara Way passes through the parish and links with the Breifne Way, which for the more enthusiastic walker will bring you all the way to County Leitrim! Separated from County Cork by a unique hand-cut tunnel, a monument to man’s ingenuity, Bonane’s proximity to the warm Gulf Stream results in its sub-tropical climate giving an abundance of rare wild flowers and fauna.
Why not travel the old priest’s leap road that goes to Bantry, where in former times a priest is reputed to have leaped on horseback across Bantry Bay to escape his captors? Or take a family ramble on the old bridle path over the Esk Mountain and experience the breathtaking views it has to offer. (MENTION LOOP WALKS TOO)