Options and Cost:

  • 6 Day – €525 pps Single supplement: + €160
  • 8 Day – €635 pps Single supplement: + €235
  • 12 Day – €895 pps Single supplement: + €380

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The Beara Way – Ireland

Self Guided Walk on the Beara Way in Ireland

Tour Description
Beara Way Walk Map

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 unspoilt 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 as 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.

The trail is traditionally walked in a clockwise direction and can take up to 11 or 12 days to complete.

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.


Included in costs

  • Friendly and family run guest Houses and B+Bs (Irish Tourism Board Approved)
  • Travel Pack with detailed maps, guide Book  and route descriptions.
  • Waterproof case for maps and notes
  • Luggage Transfer between accommodations.
  • Phone support along the way. (Accommodations and pickup numbers) 24/7.
  •  All Information on public transport required will be given.

Optional Extras:

  • Extra accommodation before, during or after your trip.
  • Pickup from Cork / Kerry Airports.
Itineraries

Note that the Itineraries can extended or shortened to include visits to Beara or Dursey Island.


6 Days on the Beara Way

Day 1 Arrive Kenmare
Day 2  Kenmare – Glengarriff – 18Km
Day 2  Glengarriff – Adrigole -14Km
Day 3  Adrigole – Castletownbere -18Km
Day 4  Castletownbere – Allihies  – 14Km
Day 5  Allihies – Dursey Island – 12Km
Day 6  Depart Dursey Sound

Cost: €525 per person sharing
Single supplement: + €160


8 Days Self Guided on the Beara Way

Day 1 Arrive Glengarriff
Day 2  Glengarriff – Adrigole -14Km
Day 3  Adrigole – Castletownbere -18Km
Day 4  Castletownbere – Allihies  – 14Km
Day 5  Allihies – Dursey Island – 12Km
Day 6  Dursey Island – Allihies -12Km
Day 7  Allihies – Eyeries – 15Km
Day 8  Depart Eyeries

Cost: €635 per person sharing
Single supplement: + €235


12 Day Self Guided on the Beara Way

Day 1 Arrive Glengarriff
Day 2  Glengarriff – Adrigole -14Km
Day 3  Adrigole – Castletownbere -18Km
Day 4  Castletownbere – Allihies  – 14Km
Day 5  Allihies – Dursey Island – 12Km
Day 6  Dursey Island – Allihies -12Km
Day 7  Allihies – Eyeries – 15Km
Day 8  Eyeries to Ardgrrom – 16Km
Day 9  Ardgroom – Tuosist 15Km
Day 10  Tuosist – Kenmare – 19Km
Day 11  Kenmare – Glengarriff – 18Km
Day 12 – Depart Glengarriff

Cost: €895 per person sharing
Single supplement: + €380

What to Bring
  • Good Walking boots
  • Walking Socks with lining.
  • Raingear,
  • Good walking Jacket,
  • Walking Trousers (Not Jeans)
  • Backpack (25L)
  • Hat and Gloves
  • Insect Repellent (we do get midges in the summer months)
  • Sun Cream
  • Torch
FAQ

Q. How do we get to the Start of our walk?

A. All the information to get you to the start of your walk will be given to you, ie, bus times, train times etc. We can also organise a transfer for you from Airports or accommodations.

Q. What about the walks and fitness levels?

A. The terrain of this walk is from forest tracks, to open hillside, old roads, country lanes, and cliff walks.

The walks are generally of a moderate level with approx 15 – 20Km per day walk.
It is possible to have your day shortened by letting us know and we can organise transfers to shorten the walk for you

Q What is the Accommodation like?

A. We use a mix of Guesthouses on these Self Guided Walks as we believe they give you a more personal service and many of them will provide you with a packed lunch and a hearty breakfast before you start your day. They are also locals to the area and know the best places for music, food and drink.

  • We choose our accommodation very carefully and have known the owners for many years now and have built up a close relationship with them
  • We can depend on these accommodations to give you the best service and assistance with any queries you may have.
  • The accommodation providers are well used to guests arriving after a day’s walk and know that they want somewhere comfortable to relax and freshen up.
  • They are all fully qualified and recognised accommodations with Tourism Ireland

Q What is the food in Ireland like and where would we get evening meals?

A. In many of the towns along the way, there is a choice of restaurant or Pub (Pub cuisine in Ireland is fantastic now with a wide variety of food at a high quality in most).

  • Breakfasts are included and there is a wide selection to choose from including a Full Irish, fruit, cereals, breads etc.
  • Lunches for the walks: Some of the accommodations may provide a packed lunch for you. If not they will let you know of a close by Deli or shop where you can have one made up the way you would like it.
  • Evening Meals In most towns there are restaurants and Pubs. There are some great local producers of food along this trail that you should try.
  • Dietary requests such as Vegetarians or Gluten free can be catered for with prior notice, although many locations in Ireland are well used to specific foods .

Q. Can we have our luggage transferred each day?

A. Yes your luggage is transferred each day and will be at your next accommodation before your arrival. So you can shower and freshen up quickly after arriving

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