The Beara Way sits in West Cork on the Beara Peninsula. It is a long distance trail walk in the South West of Ireland and is a 196Km circular route.
It was established by a local voluntary group in the early 1990s as a co-operative involving upwards of four hundred landowners.
The Terrain on the trail consists of mainly quiet tarmac roads, bog roads, cliff top trails, woodland paths and open hillside.
West Cork is a beautiful part of Ireland with picturesque coastal villages along its shoreline and the Caha mountain range for a wonderful backdrop.
The Peninsula also boasts Ireland’s only cable car out to Dursey Island, which was initially for getting livestock back and forth to the small island.
This self guided trail is probably one of the quietest and more remote but also definitely one of the most beautiful and scenic.
The first time I visited this part of Ireland, I just couldn’t believe the incredible unspoiled beauty of the landscape and the small colorful towns of Glengariff and Kenmare.
The area is stepped in great Irish history with the incredible story of O’Sullivan Bear. He marched his band of Irish followers from here to County Roscommon further north in an effort to save them after the battle of Kinsale. There are also many ancient monuments and stone circles from the Neolithic and druid times of Ireland’s Celtic past.
We have broken up this walk into stages to make it manageable and giving you time to enjoy the walk and the locations and towns you visit along the way.
You don’t have to complete the whole way and I do recommend that you take your time to visit Beara Island or Garnish Island or some other of this areas more unique places as you come across them.