Guest Information

Updated 16.5.2024

If you have booked On-site Accommodation at Dzogchen Beara please note:

Check-in Time:   4pm to 8pm     Checkout Time: 11am

Hostel Accommodation

Shared self-catering kitchen and living room space. Shared bathroom and shower facilities.  All bed linen is supplied, guests are requested to bring their own towels.

The Hostel is well sign-posted, a small team of volunteers reside in the hostel and there will be someone there to welcome you on arrival.

*Please note there are cats in our hostel.  If you have an allergy please contact our Administration Office to determine whether this accommodation would be suitable for you: +3532773032

If you have booked On-site Accommodation at Dzogchen Beara please note:

Check-in Time:   4pm to 8pm     Checkout Time: 11am

Each cottage has a self catering kitchen and bathroom facilities.  There are wood burning stoves in each cottage and a starter fire pack is provided.

A member of our Accommodation team will be in contact either at event registration or in advance of your arrival to arrange your check-in.

All rooms are ensuite and each room has tea making facilities. There is also a large shared self-catering kitchen and living space area.  Breakfast is included as part of the accommodation fee.

A member of our Accommodation team will be in contact either at event registration or in advance of your arrival to arrange your check-in. Check in is 3pm to 4pm. Check out 11am. Late arrivals are no problem once we know in advance.

Temple Programme July – August

A Beacon of Wisdom and Compassion for the Modern World
Open Daily | Everyone Welcome | 17 July to 26 August

Whether you are just curious, new to meditation or Buddhism or an experienced meditation practitioner you are warmly invited to join our programme in the inspiring setting of the new Dzogchen Beara temple.

Find out more here.

On-site Guided Meditation Monday to Friday, 9:15am to 10am

Release and relax in our Shrine Room with clifftop ocean views.
(During retreats, daily drop-in meditation is in the Spiritual Care Centre Meditation Room.)
No Meditation on Bank Holidays

Walks, Cafe and Grounds

Our friendly shop and café manager and team offers a warm welcome all year round. Enjoy artisan coffees or gourmet teas, with home-baked treats, fresh from our kitchen.

Relax and read a book or delight in the constantly changing ocean view, seated at the picture window or a terrace table.

Enjoy a walk: circumambulate Ireland’s first stupa (a sacred Buddhist monument), wander coastal meadows, rest and unwind in the meditation garden or light candles in our Butter lamp House.

Grand Day Out

Our Grand Day Out guide has great tips on what to see and explore in the local area.

Guests staying on site are welcome to join our community for lunch at a cost of €12.  Lunches are served in our main shrine room and must be reserved and paid for in advance of arrival or before 10.30am each day in our Cafe or Administration Office.

Wi-Fi is available on-site for guests.

Please note that many of our guests have expressed the wish to avail of the peace that Dzogchen Beara offers as a place of reflection and retreat, and so use the opportunity to take a complete break from technology. We ask guests to keep the use of all electronic devices to a minimum and as non-intrusive on other guests as possible.

The coverage for mobile phones can vary depending on which provider you use, but there is coverage for all networks in the carpark.

Dzogchen Beara is located in a rugged area and weather conditions are variable. For your comfort, please bring warm clothes, including a waterproof coat and sturdy footwear. A warm wrap and socks are useful to have for the shrine room. In winter a torch is helpful. Insect repellent and sunscreen are recommended during the summer months.

All hostel and cottage guests and visitors are requested to park in our main car park.

Spiritual Care Centre guests only may avail of the Spiritual Care Centre car park as space is limited.

Please note that there are currently no Electric Car Charging Points available at Dzogchen Beara. The nearest charging point is in Castletownbere, approximately 10km away.

Dzogchen Beara is strictly a non-smoking site, you may only smoke/vape in the main car park in the designated smoking area.

The closest petrol stations, shops and supermarkets are in Castletownbere or Allihies , approximately 10 kms from Dzogchen Beara.

Dzogchen Beara is situated on the Beara Peninsula in County Cork, on the south-west coast of Ireland. The nearest town is Castletownbere, 7km. The nearest city is Cork, 130km. Our Eircode is P75 C670. For further travel advice see here.

If you experience covid symptoms in advance of your arrival at Dzogchen Beara, we request that you not travel. Please contact our office team for assistance with your booking.

You can read the latest government guidelines here.

While Covid guidelines have changed the team at Dzogchen Beara are still doing our best to ensure your well-being and will continue with the following measures.

  • Hand sanitizer is made available at key areas on-site.

If you are attending an on-site event:

  • Seating in our meditation room is arranged spaciously to allow for distancing should you wish.
  • The Shrine Room will be well ventilated throughout each event