Ireland – Beara Way – 7 Day – Self-Guided Walking Tour
The full Beara Way walking trail is 196 km long walking trail on the most south westerly tip of Ireland. A wild peninsula that is ideal for walking along the the wild Atlantic Ocean and Bantry Bay. If you want to go hiking in Ireland, the Beara Way walking trail will be perfect for you.
DAY 1 TRAVEL TO CASTLETOWNBERE
Arrive at Cork Airport and take public transport to Castletownbere, you can also arrive in Shannon or Kerry but this will depend on time of arrival. Check with us before you book your flights.
DAY 2 ADRIGOLE TO CASTLETOWNBERE Distance: 20 km, Ascent: 550 m, Walking time: 6 hrs
The first day you will be transported to Adrigole and walk back to Castletownbere. This trail presents extensive views of both Bantry Bay to Beara Island, and Hungry Hill and the Slieve Miskish Mountainson either side. Travelling along a trail that flanks the southern slopes of Hungry Hill, highest mountain on the peninsula, Past Park Lough, through Comnagapple Glen back to Castletownbere.
DAY 3 BEARA ISLAND Distance: 12 km, Ascent: 420 m, Walking time: 3.5 hrs
A pleasant island that gives you a sense of calmness and serenity on a trail that meanders along abandoned roads and grassy tracks, then through a rocky wilderness to a stunning lighthouse and a ruined signal tower. From here you will have striking scenic views of Bantry Bay and Bear Haven Harbour.
DAY 4 CASTLETOWNBERE TO THE VILLAGE OF EYRIES Distance: 23 km, Ascent: 350 m, Walking time:4 hrs
Walking out of Castletownbere by quiet country roads, crossing Derrenataggart Stone Circle, then a steady climb takes you between Knockoura and Miskish where you can shorten your day to 13 km by crossing the centre of the Peninsula to Aughbrack where you would rejoin the trail. Or continue on the trail through the pleasant village of Allihies to Eyeries.
DAY 5 EYERIES TO LAURAGH Distance: 24 km, Ascent: 290 m, Walking time: 7 hrs
After Eyeries the trail takes you to Eyeries Point a lovely seaside path by Coulagh Bay to Ballycrovane Harbour, which is close to the imposing 4.7 m prehistoric standing stone and inscription. The trail then turns inland to pass the delightful lake Lough Fadda and on to a small ridge that offers a scenic view of the Kenmare River. Next you walk through the whimsical village of Ardgroom, walking next to the Ring of Beara road to county Kerry and the village of Lauragh.
DAY 6 LAURAGH TO KENMARE Distance: 19 km, Ascent: 275 m, Walking time: 5,5 hrs
The next trail takes you from Lauragh to steady climb by Knockatee and Drombohilly Mountains and the beautiful and isolated Gowlaun Lough. Skirting around the base of Knockagarrane Mountain to a small country road that takes you to your last ascent to Derrysallagh. Next you start your descent into the vibrant town of Kenmare.
DAY 7 DEPART
Depart for your journey home.
Tour Pricing & Dates
7 Day Tour – €545 pps
Single Supplement – +€150
Dates – March to October
Difficulty – Easy to Moderate
Accommodation – Guesthouse or B&B
- 6 nights bed and breakfast
- All accommodation is pre-booked in approved family-run guesthouses with all rooms en-suite
- Maps and all route notes
- Details on restaurants and places of interest to visit along the way
- Luggage transfers daily while you walk
- All information on trains or buses needed to get to your first accommodation, during the tour and back at the end of the tour
- Full back up service, should you require it, while on our tour
Additional services available
- Packed lunches
- Evening meals