The Beara Peninsula sits at the south west of Ireland and juts out into the Atlantic Ocean. It sits in both the counties of Cork and Kerry and is approx 48miles of hiking trail from Glengariff to Dursey sounds. It is probably one of the most remote of the peninsulas that sit in this part of Ireland and some might say the most beautiful and wild. A premier location to walk in Ireland.
You can choose other options on The Beara Way.
This 11 day self guided tour costs: €759 per person sharing.
Single supplement: €330
There is a 3% booking fee
Included in costs
- Friendly and family run guest Houses and B+Bs (Irish Tourism Board Approved)
- Travel Pack with detailed maps and guide Book with interesting facts of areas visited and route descriptions.
- Luggage Transfer each day.
- Phone support along the way. (Accommodations and pickup numbers) 24/7.
- All Information on public transport required will be given.
- Extra accommodation before, during or after your trip.
- Pickup from Cork / Kerry Airports.
- Ferry to Beara Island.
- Cable Car to Dursey Island (The only cable car in the country) Just €8 for adult.
Day 1: Arrive to Glengarriff and accommoadtion where you will receive your maps and track notes etc.
Day 2: Glengarriff to Adrigole; Distance 13km, ascent 650m, approx walking time 5 hours
The trail passes, after leaving Glengarriff, through the gap between Gowlbeg Mountain and Sugarloaf Mountain before winding down to Adrigole along an old coach road, with fantastic views of Bantry Bay.
Day 3: Adrigole to Castletownbere; Distance 19km, 650m ascent, approx walking time 5-6 hours
Following the lower slopes of Hungry Hill and zigzagging across the slopes of Maulin, the trail leads you down to exceptionally pretty fishing town of Castletownbere.
Day 5: Castletownbere to Allihies; Distance 14km, ascent 300m, approx walking time 4 – 5 hours
Forestry tracks leads you out of Castletownbere to pass through the Slieve Miskish Mountains, across open mountain tracks, leading you to the very colourful village of Allihies.
Day 6: Allihies to Eyeries; Distance 14km, ascent 180m
From Allihies the trail ascends through disused coppermines, bringing you over the crest to give spectacular views of Kenmare Bay and the Macgillicuddy Reeks. A peaceful trail on open hillside rounds the spur of Knockgour mountain, before following tiny laneways and quiet country roads to the village of Eyeries.
Day 7: Eyeries to Ardgroom ; Distance 14km, ascent 275m
With a choice of staying by the coastal trail or walking on the quiet country road, the trail continues in the direction of Ardgroom, following Lough Fada, before descending to the village of Ardgroom with its brightly coloured houses.
Day 8: Ardgroom to Lauragh; Distance 13km, ascent 200m
The trail continues from Ardgroom, by tiny country roads and open mountain trail between Dung Hill and Keecragh mountain, before descending through an area particularily rich in archaeological site, stone circles and standing stones, eventually taking you along treelined, country roads to Lauragh village.
Day 9: Lauragh to Kenmare; 20km, ascent 290m
Quiet country roads and open mountain tracks all take you in the direction of Kenmare, passing remote lakeside scenery, before descending to the bustling town of Kenmare.
Day 10: Kenmare – Glengarriff; Distance 26km, ascent 500m, approx walking time 7-8 hours
Leaving Kenmare by quiet country roads you will reach the area of Bonane, nearby is the famous Botanic Heritage park. Rich in archaeological sites from the Stone Age up to the Iron Age. Following the old Kenmare to Glengarriff road over Esk mountain and descend into Glengarriff through ancient oak forests.
Day 11: Depart Glengarriff